Sunday, April 16, 2017

№ 304. Mulanay Through Square Lenses

Field trips are fun. I haven't joined one in a while--- for about a year.

Fellow hunters of good angles, light, food and laughs.

Happy feet are feet on field trips.

So the trip this Holy Week to Mulanay, Quezon was a treat. The trip, organized by the FPPF and hosted by the gracious Inumerable family, was a cool Lenten break from Manila's heat, noises and cares.

Moriones in Mulanay

Mulanay, a small seaside town in Quezon, took about eight hours or so to reach. This long road trip already included our pit stops and the crawl through the inner byways of San Pablo, Laguna then Sariaya and Pagbilao, Quezon. The eight-hour drive was, by all accounts, well worth all the bumps and sore limbs.

Sari-sari stores or general merchandise mom and pop stores
are a staple in many rural towns in the Philippines.
They supply many of the basic needs of the neighborhood like
over-the-counter medicines, condiments, cellphone loads,
magazines, bread and other pantry needs

Sari-sari store treasures: kalihim, spanish bread, uraro,
pan de regla, kendi, pastillas, hopiang kundol at iba pa.

Morion taking a burger break from the tropical,
afternoon sunafter the Maundy Thursday rehearsals

Parish volunteers conducting Pre-Cana Seminar

Bakeries and boticas, drug store, are small town
essentials and gossip stops.

Mulanay is a 50,000-strong community just past Lucena with the thickly forested mountains of Quezon behind it and a grand sunset, the sea and the silhouette of Marinduque in front. Thankfully, there is electricity, cellphone signal and slow internet so one is not out of the grid after all. One can't really log off from Manila anymore.

Detail of the main alter at the St. Peter the Apostle Parish

The local seamstress or sastre accepts
quick repairs, costume tailoring,
furniture accessories as job orders.

After a day, one settles in and winds down with the rhythm of the quiet and very friendly folks of Mulanay. People here mostly know one another or are related by blood or marriage somehow, at least in the town center surrounding the St. Peter the Apostle Parish.

The wet market and its friendly fish mongers.

The day's catch are delivered at dawn by local fisher-families
who dock their outriggers in the new pier
just three small blocks away from the wet market.

Good Friday processions begin and end in the Church.
Thus, the saying about conclusions of long-winded polemics:
"kahaba haba man ng prusisyon sa simbahan pa rin ang dating."

One surprise about the town of Mulanay is that it also stages, during lent, the Moriones like its more famous neighbor across the sea, Marinduque. It boasts of havig more Morion than the other towns, probably including those in Marinduque!

Choir practice at the loft before the liturgical ceremonies

Conveniently, that meant we did not have to cross the bay to watch the passion through the lenses of Moriones.

Hunting Longinus

Inggo, our local guide and ranger, beside the
biggest Banyan or Balete tree located in Mt. Camhantik,
named after hantik or the endemic ants of the mountain.

Before the Good Friday Procession
after the Via Crucis
Reenactment of the Crucifixion in San Narciso, a neighboring
town about one hour drive from Mulanay

At a Gawad Kalinga community and livelihood site
in Barangay Butanyog, Mulanay

Enjoying halo-halo and a dose of gossip
to quell the summer heat.

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