A study on the celebration of our Lady of Sorrows of Turumba in Pakil, Laguna.
It all starts at the lakefront, where tradition holds that the image of our Lady of Sorrows was found by fishermen after a fierce storm.
The people of Pakil re-enact this scene every year, where the image is borne and brought to the town church by devotee, layman and tourist alike.
after a short pause, the main image is brought out of the Church where it is borne by the male penitents of the town. Accompanied by a full brass band….
…. which came from other lakeshore towns in Laguna…
and followed by a sea of devotees, each with replicas of the Icon of our Lady of Sorrows.
As the parade weaves through the tight streets of this rustic town, the crowd goes into a pitched frenzy of song, dance and religious hymns to the patron.
Ultimately, the procession returns to the town church, where it is eagerly awaited by the local and the dayo,
by the believers and by sightseers alike.
However, what made this short trip to this rustic, laid back lakeshore town memorable is the cross section of Philippine culture and society.
More attracted to the actors rather than the main event, more keen to notice the human side of every activity, how ordinary actions would always lift to the surface, how trivial and trifling things are sometimes beautiful when seen as a whole and in its entirety.
Paranaque for Pakil, Laguna, 2014.