Good Friday

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“Penitensya (Penitence)” I’m lucky to witnessed this custom every year as part of their tradition every Holy week. Almost 20 people with covered face do penance every year in our place hoping that by doing this, their sins may be forgiven. I may not be favor of this kind of custom, but I am not on the place to judge them on how they express their belief. It really need a lot of courage for a person to do this act. As for what I’ve witnessed, It’s really a bloody procession… literally. The blood can be seen on the streets scattered and even some houses need to cover their gates and fences with plastics so it will not hard for them to clean it. My shirt didn’t escape for the blood that shove from the cane that they are using. My mistake, I’m wearing a white tees.. 🙂

IMG_9994Bloody morning!

IMG_9938They will cut their back with the blade, then they will start to whip it with the wooden cane. ouch!

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IMG_9928I wonder if deadpool joined them. 🙂

IMG_9971IMG_9968If they are not yet satisfied with the pain and blood on their back. They will just need to lie down and someone will hit them with this DIY bat.

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At the end of the day, still they do it for the glory of God and for the forgiveness of their sins.

 

 

Stations of the Cross!

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“We carry the saving cross through the roads of the world…”

I am very blessed to join the Filipino Community of St Mary of the Angels with their yearly Stations of the Cross. A devotion which really need a lot of sacrifices specially walking on the yard of St Joseph church at 3 o’clock in the afternoon with brother sun where its heat reminded me of the suffering of our Lord. The sun literally shouting with its majesty while the wind was quiet like a lover who’s having a misunderstanding. Not even a single petal of flowers can be seen moving by the stillness of the wind.

Stations of the cross is a devotion which almost every catholic filipino do every lenten season. Here, in Singapore, we to have this devotion which usually we do on Sunday before the Easter Sunday. I always make it to the point that every holy week I should  at least take a pictures of what is happening on this great and memorable event of our faith.

But what is stations of the cross?

The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ’s last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.

The Stations of the Cross are commonly found in churches as a series of 14 small icons or images. They can also appear in church yards arranged along paths. The stations are most commonly prayed during Lent on Wednesdays and Fridays, and especially on Good Friday, the day of the year upon which the events actually occurred.

http://www.catholic.org/prayers/station.php

Even though I will not be here this year in Singapore to celebrate the Tridum, I’m excited because for almost five years, I will be celebrating the summit of our celebration back in Philippines. To be honest, the feeling is different when you are in Philippines, as if the faith really become alive for most of the people or rather to people who knows their faith.

I hope I can also take pictures of what is happening in Philippines on this celebration even though I will be busy and planning to spend more time with my family especially with my chikitings. And if that happens, will post more photos here. But before that, here are some photos taken from Stations of the cross.

IMG_9728-copyThe very busy Mr Coordinator. Giving instructions to the community.

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IMG_9830Because by your holy cross you have redeem the world.

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20160320-IMG_9743One of the station. forgot what station is this 🙂

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#aljograceysayido

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Last month, I had an opportunity to take photos of my two friends who are getting married this coming May and you are all invited! (hehe). Here’s some of my shots. Hope you like it! You can also visit www.flickr for the photos.

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The smile!

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Thanks to the Franciscan priest for allowing us to do the photoshoot inside the church. Actually, a memorable place for both of them and it also happened that it is the same church where my first daughter was baptized. The church of St Mary of the Angels (Singapore).

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Isn’t it lovely!

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Taken at the grotto. (St Mary of the Angels)

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How sweet!

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Hide and seek!

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Stalker!

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#aljograceysayido

 

 

10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits – Digital Photography School

Nice article! Very informative and really good tips…

How do you take Portraits that have the ‘Wow’ factor? Today and tomorrow I want to talk about taking Portraits that are a little out of the box. You see it’s all very well and good to have a portrait that follows all the rules – but it hit me as I was surfing on […]

Source: 10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits – Digital Photography School

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To Know…To Love…To Serve (Part 2)

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IMG_8269Lovely people of St Mary of the Angels Parish, Singapore.

IMG_8255See how energetic and lively they are.

IMG_8292So what’s the plan? 🙂

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IMG_8320One of my favourite photo. It tells everything about what the Family day is all about… “I’m here always when you fall down”

IMG_8353Step?… No! Step?….YES!!!

IMG_8319I believe i can….fly?! Jump!

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IMG_8342Sharing is caring…

IMG_8267Hail Mary!

IMG_8270Smile!

IMG_8277I see you!

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IMG_8343Pintados!

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IMG_8393The ever passionate officers of Filipino Community.

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To Know…To Love…To Serve (Part 1)

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This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad. – Psalm 24

IMG_8324Every year, we wait for this very special event where all the Filipinos (even locals too!) of St Mary of the Angels Parish gathered for a yearly celebration of friendship and brotherhood. It is the time to pause for our busyness and having fun together in Christ. A time for all of us to meet and to make new friends. An opportunity to reflect, relax and enjoy. We hope you can join us also next year for a new experience and happiness that this community — the Filipino  Language Community @ St Mary of the Angels – Singapore will bring to your heart. May the love and peace of our Lord be with us always!

IMG_8424This is one of my favourite activity on our Family Day not because of showing the strength of each team but rather, it’s because of the emotions, passion that I want to capture as they trying to win the game.

IMG_8426Don’t give up! just pull!!!

IMG_8443Oh God! help us!

IMG_8445We will win this game!

IMG_8450Pull!!!

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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13