Friday, February 28, 2014

Sta. Maria Bulacan Grand Marian Procession 2014 Part 2

Part 2: Sta. Maria 

From Jodee's Place, we went around town a bit for a little sight seeing. Near the church are these two houses with gates decorated with religious images. I've been visiting old houses with the SSF core group for years now and this is my first time to see this. I guess these houses best describes how religious the people of Sta. Maria are (both past and present)...

Angels and Twin Hearts...

St. Joseph

"Banderitas" and "Fiestas"

Wow...the town is covered with "banderitas"...

According to Wikipedia, Sta. Maria, Bulacan, with its income nearly approaching to PHP 400 million (US$ 8.85 million), is the 2nd richest municipality in Bulacan, after Norzagaray and it is also considered as one of the fastest growing municipalities in the country after experiencing tremendous growth over the past few years...

No wonder their Fiesta celebration is not your typical Fiesta...It's more fun in Sta. Maria, Bulacan, Philippines! I was looking at the official Fiesta Schedule and it seems that their Fiesta celebration is 3 months long, from December 8th (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) to February 23rd, (the Grand Marian Procession)...

At the Church

Inside the Church: Space and Vibrant Paintings 

Devotion to Our Lady of La Naval

The People of Sta. Maria, I observe, have a strong devotion to Our Lady of La Naval. The church has its own image; outside the church, there are two carroza's bearing La Naval replicas joining the procession.

Curves and Lines 

After the Mass

A really old old door...see...

Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

The Arrival of Our Lady of La Naval (replica 2)

Go to Part 3.

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