Semana Santa 2014

It’s officially Easter Sunday in this part of the world, but I was able to get some really good pictures of Palm Sunday and Lenten rites the week before.

Below are some shots of palaspas (palm fronds woven and decorated to represent palms waved by the masses upon Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem):

The blessing of the palaspas during Mass:

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Many palaspas vendors were stationed around the neighborhood church, weaving and selling their handcrafted wares:

 

The company I work for happens to be one of those few places that still operate during Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, but I managed to photograph a Pabasa (a public reading and chanting of the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ done by Catholic devotees) that was taking place in a church near my office building.

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This was taken from a high floor through a rather dingy glass elevator, which would account for some cloudy patches in the photo. As the devotees were reading, they also carried heavy wooden crosses as an added act of penance.

© Words and photos by Patricia Acevedo

 

Rescued

What Easter is about …

Katahimikan (Peace)

Despite the title of this blog entry, the past week had been anything but. Days had been filled with work-related stress, the pressure to meet standards and deadlines – and sadness. Some weeks ago, I found out through Facebook that a former high school student in the school I used to teach leaped to his death from the 4th floor of a shopping mall in Manila. He was diagnosed as schizophrenic and bi-polar. He struggled with this condition for most of his life and even blogged about it. He loved comic books and writing stories. He was only in his early twenties.

And through private messages in Facebook, I learned from another former student and one of the school’s coordinators that another student passed away. I taught in their Reading and English classes when they were in Grades 4 and 5. He had a lovable sense of humor and was hooked on the Percy Jackson series of books. Last year, he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. On Tuesday morning, he never woke up. He was around 17 years old.

Grief and a sense of loss - these were emotions that should’ve been better felt by their families, their friends, the people who have been really close to them. And I wondered at times why these incidents affected me so. I’ve only paid a few, intermittent visits to my old place of work. Liking and commenting on my old students’ and former colleagues’ Facebook posts was, for the most part, the extent of my connections with them. So why do I sometimes catch myself weeping at my workstation?

While talking about the incident with 2 sympathetic and understanding co-workers, I quoted a line from “LOTR: The Two Towers” – “No parent should have to bury their child.” It then eventually dawned on me – things ought to have been the other way around. This should not have happened. And yet – they did.

I suppose that’s it then. It’s almost like losing your own child. As one of their many “second parents”, this was how I suppose it felt like. While I grieve for now, I send prayers to you both. Ado, those demons are forever banished and you can step out smiling from the shadows. Lem, I’m sure the angels are laughing at your many jokes and quips.

“Let happy be where sadness was …”

 

Perennial Faves: Separating Blog You from You You

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

With so many new bloggers and people ramping up their blogs, let’s take another look at a popular post from the archives on online boundaries — how to keep the real you separate from the blog you.

No matter what kind of blog you publish, you’re sharing some information about yourself. Yet even if you write a purely personal blog or are completely comfortable peppering posts with details about your life, you may want to shield some things from the internet’s prying eyes.

We often encourage you to use social networks and other online tools to help grow your blog — it’s a key part of growing traffic, and it brings in motivating feedback — but not every online space you frequent has to be connected to your blog. It’s time to think critically about managing your online identity.

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“You Gotta Be” by Des’ree

What better way to begin the new year than with an inspirational song that became a hit 20 years ago? My, oh my …

2 Great Things About Christmas 2013

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I never tire of looking at our Belen (Nativity Scene) …

2 Great Things About Christmas 2013

A reminder that Christmas is something much more than presents …

© Photos and words by Patricia Acevedo 2013

Wine… It pairs perfectly with Christmas!

Originally posted on The Wine Wankers:

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Merry Christmas everybody!

I’ve set this one to auto-publish on the dot of Christmas Sydney time.  I know that some of you may not partake in the joys of Christmas but I do hope that you will all at least get some giggles (or maybe a slight grin or two) out of these wine related images.

Some of our regular Facebook and Twitter followers who may have already seen some of these, and I also apologise if I’m breaking any “rules” by putting them up on our blog.  Unfortunately these have circled the net so many times that I am unable to credit the brilliant minds who came up with them.

All the best everyone!  I’ll be heading up to the folks to enjoy a traditional Christmas morning port with the old-man.  I’ve got a couple of bottles from the 70s to pop open.  Can’t wait.

Enjoy!!

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“That’s What Christmas is All About, Charlie Brown.”

Merry Christmas to one and all in WordPress world …

“Peponi” (an African-style cover of Coldplay’s “Paradise”) by The Piano Guys and guest artist Alex Boyé

When soul, talent, spirit and a genuine love for music crowd out ego and self-promotion, this is what happens …

Our Daughter Jade Mullally Missing: How You Can Help

Originally posted on Cooking in Sens:

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DO NOT “LIKE” OR COMMENT ON THIS POST.  READ FURTHER TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP.

On November 24, 2013 Jade took the train from Stuttgart, Germany to Strasbourg, France. Normally, she would have taken the school bus from the train station to her boarding school in Walbourg, France but she didn’t get on the bus.

Her dream was to become a fashion model and we believe that that was her plan when she left home.

Jade has lead a very sheltered life and our concern is that some person(s) might be taking advantage of her naivete and possibly holding her against her will.

An investigation and search is being conducted worldwide and particularly concentrated in France, Germany and England.

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It has finally occurred to me that this blog has almost 4,000 followers worldwide, and while I wanted to keep “CookinginSens” as my refuge from the harrowing…

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