Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Holy Week 2011: San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan
Sharing pictures from my hometown and other lenten activities of my family during Holy Week 2011
Our image of Christ was invited to be part of a Lenten Recollection at the House of Representatives...
Cleaning and preparing the image before the event...profiles of the image
Before and after capture...I feel guilty every time I tie the hands of the image...
Pictures during the Mass
Blessing the image...
Time for some cleaning and more preparations!
Year after year I always thought that San Jose del Monte, Poblacion is not progressing. It has been like that ever since I can remember and even if we only come back once or twice a year I still will not get lost because nothing much has changed...not anymore...
The City Hall (is that what you call it) besides the Parish had a major face lift. Across the street you'll see a new market, dry goods for bazaars and Ukay-ukays plus a couple of new restaurants. I find it strange though that they have hard ware stores in town but not even 1 is open on a Saturday...
San Francisco St. is still same old same old. This is our address here, where the remaining plot of land of my great grandmother is, supposedly not divided by her children because this is for the Dolorosa. My uncle told me that a lot has changed here (although it's not apparent to me). He said that it used to smell like pigs and chickens but now all you see are huge houses made of concrete.
Ang mga Manok ni San Pedro
Pet's of our neighbor who takes care of the lot whenever we are not there.
Masyado akong na-amaze...walang ganito sa bahay.
Dry sticks lying on the ground...will I be able to make use of it for my carroza decoration...hmmm...hmmm...
The Pabasa for the Kristong Gapos is once again sponsored by our neighbor Tita Leony. My family is really grateful to her for owning this yearly tradition...one less thing to worry every Holy Week.
Behind the lines..."import" chanters from Cavite starting the Pabasa.
I have never heard before the tunes/melodies they are singing. It's like they are crying but singing...very high notes...nakakatindig balahibo type...
One of the "Manangs" whose voice has character and she can hit the high notes...the very high...
Affair with the Mic
Candies, peanuts and mic...seem all the things you need to pull an all-nighter
Pabasa and Stations of the Cross...Crossover
The Last Station, the Resurrection of Jesus
Lamowk sigueradowng Teypowk! (with american accent)
It started with a kiss...Pasyon lithographs depecting the arrest of Jesus
The Pelican Brief...I keep seeing this animal what does it signify?
Tita Leony's Lenten Fare
She is a caterer by profession...
Lunch: Corn Soup, Daing na Galunggong, Ginataang Langka and Ginisang Labanos
Dessert: Pakwan and sago to beat the summer heat!
One of my Lola's...this year's Pabasa host
The Family's Dolorosa...
Pabasa ready to start.
The toughest hour...midnight!
Rotation per family
Mater Dolorosa, preparations for the Pabasa
Fitting sa Urna for last minute modifications...
Naputol ung kabitan...paano na?
Kristong Gapos sa kanyang urna
Kristong Gapos sa kanyang urna
Wet wet wet...it was a rainy Good Friday afternoon. Buti na lang may urna.
Malapit na mag-5:00...
Mourning lamps and angels
The crucified image of Christ, slowly being revealed by the Parish priest to the public while singing:
Sa kahoy ng krus na banal
ni Jesus na Poong mahal
nalupig ang kamatayan
at sa muling pagkabuhay
ang pag-asa ay sumilay
Meanwhile outside the Church, the images on their carroza are starting to arrive
Di na nakabit ung cross ng urna masyado ng mataas
Panalangin sa Halamanan
Angustia at Salome
Panalangin sa Halamanan
Ecce Homo (na sya ngayon...dati coronacion de las espinas ung nakasulat sa karo)
Angustia...on her new carroza, supposedly bought from a santo owner in Obando.
Santa Maria Magdalena
Santa Maria Salome
Mga imahen ng Pamilya Maiquez
Mga kababaihang sacristan
3 in 1
Angustia...nagbago ang kanyang mukha.
Blessing of the images: Kristong Gapos
Blessing of the Images
Pagkatapos ng prusisyon at naibaba na sa karo ang santo...my uncle gamely posing as Judas
Scenes from the "Salubong"
San Jose 2011
San Jose Manggagawa, Patron ng San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. May 1 Kapistahan
Epilogue. Tapos na naman ang Holy Week pero before I go back home...one last look at San Jose, a run down of the old and the new
Grabbing a drink from Mini Stop...
...and here's the view from there
The newly "coloured" church facade...but I still prefer the cream colored "original look"
The standing image of Christ at the church patio is given a new look as well
Eto ang tunay na palaspas!
The newly landscaped garden
San Jose and the symbols of the Holy Trinity
Old Adobe...I think...from somewhere
Two Fathers. Father of the whole catholic denomination, Pope Benedict...and the Father of the faithful of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan
A stand on the Reproductive Health Bill...
Dora is everywhere whether it be Quiapo...or Bulacan...or Cebu...an explorer indeed!
Imagining what San Jose must have looked like during their younger days...our "Lola's" (family friends not relatives) who year after year takes care of us
Shade from this tree...memories of childhood...takot kaming magpipinsan sa punong ito dahil sa malalaking higad...
Bakas ng kahapon...
Carroza's cleaned and parked...till next year
And the doors are finally closed. Till next year...
From San Jose to Bahay, urna of Kristong Gapos