candles in the dark
Last May 2013, I was out on the streets on an early evening with a new camera taking photos of a street procession, the Santa Cruz de Mayo. I never thought I’d be photographing the same subject again this year.
It’s been 3 days and 6 months after Haiyan/Yolanda and downtown Tacloban is starting to get back on its feet. The nightly processions have started on the 1st of May and will last through the whole month. It’s still too early to say whether there will or will not be the usual pageantry on the 30th of May, but I do hope there will be one, if only to show that things are going to be ok.
I asked one of the children why everybody wanted to be a bearer of the lanterns and I was told that they get double the goodies that were handed out by the procession sponsor, or in a more specific term, 2 bags of chips. Not bad for a short walk around the block.
There are the usual flower bearers and a couple of angels, and everybody else has candles.
The lanterns are lighted and the kids are itching to get moving. Happiness is a bag (or 2) of chips waiting at the end of the procession.
Barangay Libertad. I just realized that this place is teeming with children, and the storm surge was more than one storey high in this area. It’s good to know that they made it to safety.
Just a few months ago, we lighted candles for a different reason. Now could be a good time for a little thanksgiving.