Some go to church to see and be seen. Some go there to say they have been. Some go there to sleep and nod. But few go there to take a picture among the hidden bushes.
Another church for you. This is the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Puerto Princesa, Palawan which is built somewhere in 1910. Not as old as the Baclayon Church in Bohol, and a lot more modern-looking but this is one of the few churches I felt good going inside. It reminds me of my local church which I often go to when I was in high school. Don't ask but I am a product of a Catholic School.
I got at least 5 reasons for giving this shot a merit. One, I really like the angular structure of its edifice, which is quite different from the other churches in the country. Two, the church itself is a challenge. It's covered with trees, which makes it difficult to photo because of an assortment of distractions. One can opt to take it from the back or the side but you have residential houses, a basketball court, and squatterpunks to reckon with. Three, I love the inside smell of this church (haha!). A combination of incense, dead flowers, fresh flowers, candles burning, old perfumes, etc. Fourth, my Uncle was married here. Fifth, Filipinos have this belief that if it's your first time to enter a church, one can make a wish and there's a big chance that it will come true. I am fool, I made my wish. Something close to impossible but what the hell, I am taking my chances. I got nothing to lose.
I found this really nice shot though, courtesy of Stuart Naval Dee's The Philippines Rediscovered. I love the angle he used and the brilliant taste of irony. Talking about church, religion, and poverty.
Happy weekend! :D