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.
Your photos are absolutely stunning!! I love your blog…
I love your photographs!
I thoroughly enjoyed the candlelight on the little girl’s face! Precious!
Sense of normalcy for the kids, Tacloban is trying, and it will. Thank you for all the updates. There are so many people who look forward for you posts. Keep it up Mr. Uy. I love you for all you do. I miss “Flores de Mayo” too.
You’re welcome and thank you likewise, Ms. Leila. Maybe you can schedule your next visit in May, and be part of the Flores de Mayo celebration.
A long six months for you all and so good to see celebrations in the street in your fabulous shots.
It is indeed nice to see people moving on and going back to their routines. Thank you.
Hello Orlando, Thank you for continuing to document the process of recovery in Tacloban. Is there any way to contact you offline? I have some questions about the recovery and would like to talk with someone like you who is in daily contact with the local population. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. -Kelly
hi Kelly, you can reach me through email: email@example.com
Miss this tradition, it is a relief that no matter how horrific the last 6 months was, people are moving on
This tradition will definitely be passed on, and I am looking forward to a parade / celebration of the fiesta come June 30.
Touching photos, as always. Stay safe Orlando. My thoughts are with all affected by this tragedy, best wishes for the recovery.
Thank you very much for your kind thoughts. We’ve got a long way to go and we’ll eventually get there.
Lovely post Orlando and I’m glad to have come across it this evening while doing a bit of reading before going to sleep. Great photos and story. Sorry I haven’t kept up to date with you in recent months; new job taking all my time!! Now I have WP app on my iPhone it’s a lot easier 🙂
Thank you, Peter. It’s the same with me here, I’ve reduced the time spent online but still make sure I have time for photo walks, even if it’s now down to an hour and a little more if I get out of bed early.
I hope you’re adjusting well to your new job.
Love faces by firelight ❤
Recovery is a painfully slow process but it is a process; I’m glad to see some normalcy returning 🙂
Me too. Hopefully we will have a street parade and cultural presentations during the grand fiesta this coming end of June. It will be a benchmark of how far we have recovered.