Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas bright

It's been a long time since i woke up this early to catch the midnight mass. I must admit, I've never even come close to completing all nine days, nay even just a third. But this Christmas Catholic tradition lives on as we've found out going the rounds of churches the other day. Pinoys brave the chilly early morning air as well as the temptation to snooze as they find their way to churches.
Shooting at this early hour of the day carry with it its risks. Walking alone from the Manila Cathedral headed for San Agustin with my gear, I got nearly accosted by unlawful elements whose intention was not to attend the mass but take advantage of the early hour and the sleepy state of churchgoers. Tsk, tsk. Good thing there were mobile police cars plying the dark streets of Intramuros at that time.

In any case, we found the Manila Cathedral decked with impressive lights. A beneficiary of the Meralco's "Maliwanag ang Pasko" project(Christmas is bright), the church looked regal and stately, befitting its stature as a minor basilica. The message of a brighter future is evident in the way the church shone bright amidst the dark surroundings inviting the faithful to congregate and pray that next year would be better.Nearby San Agustin is less opulently-lit but is no less overflowing with churchgoers. Earlier, ironwulf found out from one of the security personnel of the nearby Palacio de  Gobernador that shooting the churches is prohibited during the daytime. I think that's a pity because they're really treasures that are ought to be shown to more people.For our third church, we stopped by at a favorite, the minor basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz. Otherwise more popularly known as the Binondo church, it is not bedecked in fancy lights but rather festooned with paper stars and the omni-present banderitas. (Incidentally, we also stopped by Quiapo church but were a wee bit disappointed to see it not really lit up for the season. maybe a case of energy conservation or something else.)

15 comments:

Nina said...

We went to San Agustin and Manila Cathedral last July to take some photos. Hindi naman bawal. Ang dami tourist dyan. Sa Cathedral nga kahit may wedding daming turista na naglilibot sa loob ang nagkukuha ng photos :)

the donG said...

these are stunning shots of the churches oggie. as always i love night shots and this set really defines the beauty of these churches specially this christmas as the churches are brightened by the lights.

sad though that taking of photos during daytime is prohibited. how can we promote our country's historical treasures? i'll check with DOT on this.

miss igorota said...

the lights make the church look magical!

paoruiz said...

Better take extra care of your stuff when you go to the heart of manila. =)

Ferdz said...

Ang ganda talaga ng Cathedral at this time. I like the images talaga of your new cam. me pagka 3D effect yung photos. Ganda! Really love the 2nd shot

Hassle talaga yung sinabi nung guard. Parang ang hirap namang ipagbawal mag shoot with a DSLR sa intramuros. I will write about this as well.

lagal[og] said...

nina, we were told that dslrs and tripd mounted video cameras are prohibited from taking captures. i guess small cameras are an exception.

dom, thanks for the "glowing" comment (pun intended :)) i love night shots lalo na kung ganito ka-magical.

ms. igorota, thanks. i really agree with that -- napaka-magical nung mga churches.

pao, sinabi mo pa bro. am originally a manila boy but it's better to be safe than sorry.

amigo, buti na lang din kamo, gabi pa at di tayo pinagbawalan nang husto :D please do write about it. galing ni sparta kumuha hahaha :D

Erick said...

gaganda ng mga church shots mo bro.

teka, ano yung sinasabi ni ferdz na new camera? haha!

lagal[og] said...

bro erick, ano nga ba yung sinasabi ni ferdz na new camera? hmmm, hehehe

my gulch said...

bago cam mo? (hehe, nakikidawdaw lang).

gusto ko din yung 2nd shot, may dimension sa angulo. love your night shots.

lagal[og] said...

rayts, hahaha :) thanks thanks

the donG said...

oggie, reveal mo na ang bago mong camera. alam na ng lahat.

tawidtayo said...

the best po..inspiring talaga..keep it kuya..:)

lagal[og] said...

dom, it's an open secret anyway, it's a nikon d300 :D

tawidtayo, damong salamat bai :D

Lawstude said...

ah basta, kahit ano camera pa gamitin mo bai, d best lagi shots mo.

pinag-combined mo bro and simbang gabi at bisita iglesia ah. ayos talaga.

lagal[og] said...

thanks bai oman. naku, i'm giving much credit to the camera :D

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