An elderly woman from Kapangihan (San Francisco), Bulusan was beside me this morning mass of Palm Sunday standing near the entrance of our church, Saint James the Greater Parish. I immediately noticed her bouquet of meticulously woven palm leaves. The weaving technique is a complex form of braiding that differs from the common palm frond ‘palaspas’ traditionally brought to the church during Palm Sunday celebrations.
The ornate weaving of the coconut leaves created into a beautiful offering that is so rich in texture and pattern evokes deep devotion from the hands that prepared the palm frond arrangement for blessings. This is another example of an indigenous leaf art form from Bulusan purposely done for devotional expressions in religious events.
It is a kind of visual prayer so eloquent and touching, the skill and creativity of the artisan translated into an art work to show his/her deep faith expresses more fluency than just merely mumbling the prayers.
Photographs by Alma P. Gamil
Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines