As I said, catholicism was introduced in the Philippines by Magellan, before he got killed by Lapu Lapu. This cross above would contain vestiges from a cross he hammered on a Cebu beach in 1521… After his death, Spanish kept sending boats and missionaries.
In the Visayas, El Santo Nino – meaning Jesus – is celebrated every third Sunday of January. Called “Sinulog”, the celebration lasts for nine days, culminating on the final day with the Sinulog Grand Parade.
This was last week on the cathedral’s square. People were praying, raising hands, crying form emotion, buying El Nino plastic dolls and walking them through the church alleys…
As always, Mickey, Hello Kitty, Angry Birds and Dora are making nice balloons to sell, but El Nino balloons have much more success !!!
Last Sunday, I went to church and it was interesting to see how different it is from one we have in France. In France, the priest would explain the texts, tell stories about the saints, the bible, etc. Here, the priest was focussing on how religion can change your life on a daily basis and what everyone should do every day to cope with the catholic practices.
A concrete preach which fits the format of the service.
Indeed, this is not a “real” church but a conference room, with a stage and PowerPoint slide shows !!! apotheosis of the presentation : the final song do not look like a choral but rather like a rock show !!!
A couple of days later, I was queuing at the supermarket, when suddenly the cashier froze: at 3PM every day, the supermarket radio releases a five minutes prayer, and everyone stops what they were doing… Unbelievable, it looks like a flash mob. Actually, they must have invented the flash mob !!!!!