Sunset and Arch Photos

Since it’s really cold in the morning these past few weeks, my wife and I decided to do our regular exercise in the afternoon. We normally brisk walk from our home to a nearby memorial park. It’s about 1.5 kilometers all in all from home to the park and back. And as usual, I also bring along my camera. I was able to take a good shot of the sunset at the memorial park. It looked like a huge fireball about to hit the earth from right to left because of the cloud formation. What a fantastic sunset view!

This is an arch at the Sanctuario de San Fernando, a memorial park near our home.

I also was able to take a good shot of an arch at the park. Natural lighting was perfect for photography during that afternoon.

My Mothers

Although there was no typhoon, the heavy rains which poured in Mindanao these past few days caused some flooding in some parts of Mindanao. It also caused many flight cancellations. My mom was one of those affected. Last Saturday morning her flight from Butuan to Manila was cancelled. She came back the following day, Sunday, only to be told the flight was cancelled again. Thankfully on the third day, Monday, after all the stress that she went through, she was relieved to be able to fly from Butuan to Manila. She would have missed her international flight which was scheduled on a Tuesday, early morning.

My mom and my mother-in-law having dinner together.

In the photo above is my mom greatly relieved to see me at the airport. She was finally able to take her international flight the following day. In the other photo, my two mothers — that is, my mother-in-law and my own mom spend some time together after not having seen each other for a good number of years. They had a great time and were glad to see each other again.

On Old Church Buildings

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This is the Santo Rosario Church in Angeles, Pampanga. (Click to zoom.)

Old church buildings fascinate me as well. It’s amazing that buildings last for centuries and these old churches built during the Spanish times somehow interest me. I used to live in Ilocandia for 5 years and there are a lot of old churches in each town but I never really did have a chance to take good photos of those. I only had an instamatic camera during those days. I’d like to go there and take photos of those old churches if I have the chance again. If I’m not mistaken, some of those churches were built way back during the 17th century.

This is a photo of the Santo Rosario Church (or, Holy Rosary Church) in Angeles City. It was built in 1877 to 1896 using forced labor. It must be tough being a Filipino under the Spanish colonizers during those times. From what I have learned, the backyard of this church was used by the Spanish colonizers to execute Filipino rebels.

The building on the left by the way is the old city hall building which has been turned into a museum. Every day, I pass by this place to send my daughter to school which is just across the street from this church building.