Sunday, January 27, 2008



posted by Señor Enrique at 7:49 PM


Blogger pusa said...

wow we have ati-atihan here? when was this celebrated? oh my! i wish i were there indeed!!! =)

btw i have another award for you

January 27, 2008 8:53 PM  

Blogger Photowalker said...

That was fast. I just got home covering the parade in Roxas Blvd. & Quirino Grandstand.

January 27, 2008 9:15 PM  

Blogger Panaderos said...

Great pics as always, Eric! I assume that this parade was on Ayala Avenue?

Your photos in and around Manila make me feel like I never left home. Thanks a lot.

January 28, 2008 1:44 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Panaderos. Glad you enjoy these images of Manila.

During my early years in NYC, how I longed to see some pictures of Manila but there was no Internet yet at that time ... hehehe. However, when Internet came about, there wasn't that many pictures of Manila available online. That's why when I got into blogging, I focused on Manila.

January 28, 2008 7:43 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I probably would have stayed longer and later had I no appointment in the evening, Photowalker. It was fun!

I'll chcek out your posting now.

January 28, 2008 7:45 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I had no idea whatsoever about this major parade, Pusa. I even read the Sunday paper earlier that morning. It wasn't until a nephew's friend who plays in a marching band texted to ask me if I were covering the parade.

So I rushed over there from where I was in Quiapo with only my point & shoot camera, which is not ideal for early evening or twilight shoot.

Hey, thanks much for another award ... hehehe!

January 28, 2008 7:49 AM  

Blogger pusa said...

=) i really wish they do print major events or festivities like this, or even post it in the internet! i knew my pangkins would love to watch a parade like this and i would have a grand time taking photos! =)

thanks for sharing senor hehehe you deserve all the awards im going to throw at ya ;)

January 28, 2008 10:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Religious tradition here we go ...
Mark 7:13 says: and thus you make the word of God invalid by your tradition
which you handed down. And many things similar to this you do. Have a nice day Senor!

January 28, 2008 10:48 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

That has always puzzled me about our local papers, Pusa -- the fact that they don't seem to be keen on the idea of sharing with their readership upcoming festive events. The Philippine Star magazine, on its back section, does a bit of it, but for the most part, nada! I can only suspect that publishing such events might only alert their competition to show up and cover the same event.

Thousands of entire families were in attendance yesterday, and everyone appeared to be having a wonderful time!

January 28, 2008 12:06 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hopefully, Anonymous, my photo essays reflect my deep interest in photojournalism. And as I understand it, a good practitioner of which must tell the story as it happens in the most objective manner possible.

Despite the fact that this local ati-atihan festival is based on paganism, it nonetheless unites an immense number of people in a joyous, peaceful manner.

And since this particular event took place in the city that I love, I was compelled to take pictures of it and post in my blog.

So, how about live and let live. Besides, I don't think any of these people had done you wrong anyway.

Peace :)

January 28, 2008 12:20 PM  

Blogger Sidney said...

Wow. Ati-atihan in Manila.
Yes, it is really a pity that those events are not announced well in advance. I missed so many opportunities already... and the DOT is of no help :-(

January 28, 2008 2:37 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

No sense in our complaining and only to keep getting further deprived of such photo shoot opportunities, Sidney. As soon as I get a chance, I'll drop by Manila City Hall's office of tourism and cultural affairs to see how we could get advance notice of all festivals in Manila.

January 28, 2008 4:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very interesting parade! Though I wish I was there to witness it with my own eyes but through your photos I can somehow imagine the bit where what it'd be like if I was there.


January 28, 2008 11:37 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

It was indeed a grand parade, Kyels, attended by thousands of people along Roxas Boulevard up to the Quirino Grandstand. It was fun!

January 29, 2008 5:47 AM  

Blogger Amadeo said...

Amidst the color and glitter of the pictures, I espied a little Santo Nino carried by a smiling lass. Two weeks ago I attended a special Mass at our parish and there was literally a parade of parishioners carrying around with them different sizes and costumes of Santo Nino. Inside the church, I had to be extra careful or I might have sat on one of them placed in the pews.

Thus, everywhere one goes devotion to the Santo Nino goes with the Filipino.

Are we carrying it too far?

January 29, 2008 1:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

One difference I notice is that they don't blacken themselves (usually done using coal).

January 29, 2008 4:49 PM  

Blogger Ebb Tide said...

This kind of parade is something new to me. Enjoyed looking at your photos and see the parade through your photographic eye. Good and wonderful shots! Like the potrait of that beautiful Pilipina, her colorful native dress and charming smile.

January 30, 2008 1:46 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

It's quite astonishing to witness this for the first time, Amadeo. Although many in the Filipino community in New York are devotees of Santo Nino, the local Pinoys' affection to the image of infant Jesus can be overwhelming.

January 30, 2008 7:42 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I didn;t see anyone who had blackened themselves, Dave.

From what I was told, more than 600 carriages participated in this event.

January 30, 2008 7:44 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Many thanks, Ebb Tide.

This is the first time I had attended this parade. Had no idea it goes on every year.

January 30, 2008 7:45 AM  

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