A young girl prays to the altar inside one of the mysterious caves in Mount Banahaw in Dolores, Quezon. To our amazement, strange circling lights suddenly appeared at the very head of the Virgin Mary. It lasted only for about a few seconds. I thought that it was an optical illusion, but my camera captured it. More on the mysteries of Mount Banahaw in my later posts.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
This is one of the old traditions among us Filipinos on the night of Araw ng Mga Patay (All Souls day): we light a few candles in front of our homes for the so-called "mga kaluluwang ligaw", roughly translated as "lost elementals" or souls of dead people who have not yet ascended to heaven.
According to ancient Filipino belief, the kaluluwang ligaw still inhabit the Earth and make their presence felt by making mysterious manifestations like vague sounds, shadows, and strange lights which cannot come from natural sources. It is believed that their manifestations are part of their desire to still contact the world. The Tagalogs call them multo (ghosts).
This night I lighted a few candles and offered some food outside our door for the "kaluluwang ligaw", whoever they may be. It is also my one way of acknowledging their ethereal presence so that they need not manifest their presence to me If ever I needed to wake up at 2 in the morning to go the bathroom.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Escolta, that old ephemeral street of Manila, has been one of my favorite hang-outs since I was a young Manila student in the early 1980s. Back then, I used to frequent this little boulevard to buy my long-playing discs in Syvel's (now closed), or to have my shoes cleaned by one of those ubiquitous shoeshine boys who lined the street sidewalks. Or perhaps just to hang-around in one of its old little cafés. I still visit the Escolta almost everyday, and every time, that wonderful and a little painful feeling of nostalgia is evoked in me.
I took the following photographs while on a solitary late-night walk along the old Escolta. I took these pictures just as souvenirs or perhaps to just record the scenes I have seen at a given time.
Evening newspapers. You can decide if they bear good news or bad.
The old La Estrella del Norte building
Antique money seller
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Eskinitang madidilim. Mga paskil sa pader. Mga kaluluwang puyat. Mga aninong hapo. Mga pulubing ginawang tahanan ang bangketa. Niyuping karton upang maging higaan. Mga basura ng nagdaang maghapon. Mga ilaw na patay-sindi. Iyan ay ilan lamang sa mga tagpong maaring matunghayan sa isang hatinggabing paglalakad sa Abenida Rizal. Mga larawang nakakapukaw ng damdamin. Ang ila'y nakapagpapahungkag sa ating kamalayan. Ang iba nama'y nagbibigay ng panibagong pananaw o dili kaya'y may hatid na mensahe na maaaring mapagnilay-nilay sa mga gabing pagod at puyat sapagkat bihirang matunghayan. Kaya't minsa'y ating inililihis ang tingin o dili kaya'y nagkukunwaring walang nakita upang kahit paano'y hindi maantig ang mga gulantang na damdamin.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Ito ay isang buto sa gulugod (vertebrae) ng ating Pambansang Bayani na si Dr. Jose Rizal. Noong 1898, dalawang taon matapos na mailibing sa lumang sementeryo ng Paco si Rizal, ay hinukay ng kanyang mga kamag-anakan ang kanyang labi. Nilinis ang kalansay ni Rizal sa loob ng bahay ni Dona Narcisa Rizal (nakatatandang kapatid na babae ni Rizal). Nanatili ang kalansay ni Rizal sa kanilang bahay hanggang 1912, noong inilagay na ang kalansay sa ilalim ng monumento sa Luneta. Isang buto sa gulugod ni Rizal ang hindi isinama at ginawang subenir sapagkat ito ang bahaging tinamaan ng bala noong barilin si Rizal sa Bagumbayan. Hanggang ngayon ay makikita itong naka-exhibit sa Museo ng Fort Santiago.