Paete's Rite of the Dead, my sixth photo story in Pagtu-o
My latest photo story in Pagtu-o | Faith is now up. Paete’s Rite of the Dead documents this unique ritual in Paete, Laguna wherein an alleged 16th century wooden and jointed Santo Sepulcro, the dead Christ lying in state, undergoes a ritual that is akin to mummification rites in some tribal groups in the Cordilleras.
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A street procession during the La Naval festivities along Quezon Avenue near Sto. Domingo Church
Religious processions in the country do take over streets and vehicles have to give way. But for a heavily catholic nation, this is just common. Faith is expressed in the streets. Its alive and kicking compared to Western countries where the massive cathedrals are devoid of worshipers.
A priest preparing for a mass at the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City
Today is Ash Wednesday and is the start of the season of Lent. For Catholics around the world, it’s a time of penitence and fasting as they recall the passion and death of Jesus Christ that peaks with Holy Week and culminates on Easter Sunday.
For this photographer, its another opportunity to document the different lenten practices of Filipinos. Where will I be on Holy Week? Will I be in Siquijor or Banahaw for the animist rituals? Leyte for the tais-dupol? Bulacan for the crucifixion? Or in Bantayan for one unique panata by children?
Catholic mass at the atrium of Shangri-la Plaza Mall
I was waiting for this mass as the one I shot before was held in one of the small floors. This time, the 1100H Sunday mass is held at the cavernous atrium. Like the one in Ayala Center Mall, Cebu, the view is something that reminds one of the massive cathedrals in Europe but a different setting.