SAGRADA VALLEY

I don’t remember getting forgetful.

A small band of Lenten penitents appeared on the road as I sped along the foothills of Mount Asog. The file was led by a “Christ” bearing a bamboo cross — very atypical from the standard Pinoy Holy Week fashion — followed by a horde of equally strange looking disciples. I was about to pull over and capture the unusual spectacle when I realized I didn’t have the camera with me.

How could I be so remiss of something I always keep with me almost like an OCD.

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I owe it to the flagellants for calling my attention. Sagrada is more or less a 45-minute ride from Iriga town proper. Good thing I was barely into ten minutes of driving and can still afford to make a turn around for the camera sitting on a shelf. Otherwise, I’d be deep on the other side of the mountain kicking myself over over snapshots I would’ve missed.

Like, for instance, a close-up of enticing cookings we don’t always come across in mega Manila. The picadillos below are being prepared for the troop of able-bodied men who are to parade the Birhen Maria for the evening’s Santo Entierro procession. They do it for faith and they do it for free.

But they would need the energy coming only from the best Bicolano recipe which — as always — is washed down with a bottle of Ginebra San Miguel.

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I would’ve missed some images of Good Friday scenes. Sagrada is a humble village. Although most of the folks here don’t lived close to each other, they are in one way or another descended from some common clan. They are either toiling the grounds here for a living or finding work some place else.

Today is a pause from all their grinds.

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I would have no shots from the “tuntonan” tower.

Also a belfry, the tower is used during Patuntons — the occasion when the Risen Christ meets up with the Virgin Mary — where “angels,” suspended by a cable, are lowered through the tower’s octagonal gaps. A joyous atmosphere celebrated at dawn of Easter Sunday.

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Finally, I would’ve missed the final scintillating hours of the day not a lot of people adore: how the setting sun paints everything around.

Simply magical it blows my mind.

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4 thoughts on “SAGRADA VALLEY

  1. What a great series of shots ~ you have a great eye for angles and getting the best perspective of the subject. Really fantastic, and picadillos and great scenic shots of people and activities. What a Good Friday it must have been ~

  2. Great post, but nothing can beat that opening line – “I don’t remember getting forgetful!” I’ll have to steal that one day – it so applies to me!!

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