The Holy Week Blur

Photographed by John Jason Palma

Photographed by John Jason Palma

A quick post in response to Blur, this week’s photo challenge:

Good Friday in Sorsogon is usually a blur of people: locals, transients, uprooted Sorsoganons taking advantage of the long break to come home and connect with the old hometown. No other event attracts as large a crowd as the procession, which slowly makes its way through the main streets and winds up almost three hours later at the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. As early as 1 pm, vehicles are diverted to other roads, and the two major streets are cleared for the Stations of the Cross and for the passage of life-size images/religious tableaux that will be used during the procession. By three, spectators have taken their places on the sidewalks, as have the ambulant vendors selling candles.

Despite the threat of a super typhoon–which thankfully dissipated into nothing but dark clouds and a slight drizzle–this year’s Good Friday procession remained true to tradition: a colorful display of piety and of faces blurring into one another.

Photographed by John Jason Palma

Photographed by John Jason Palma

Photographed by John Jason Palma

Photographed by John Jason Palma

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