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Graduation Season

 

A mother making last-minute check on her son for the afternoon graduation rites for Prep in a Catholic school in the Poblacion.

A scene from one of my jeepney rides this last week of March, caught my attention: A young mother and her son in front of my seat on their way to a Prep graduation in Bulusan. The quiet scene of mother and child with a graduation toga at hand was so strong that I will let the photos do more of the speaking. It is better this way in as much as I am also caught in awe of the scene.

Taking the prep graduation seriously, for this  kid.

Taking the Prep graduation seriously, for this kid.

The isparago leaves neatly arrange as decorative foliage on the orchid corsage pinned ready on the white toga articulates clearly the special occasion of the day. No other plant is identified with graduation ceremonies in Bulusan other than the isparago plant. Its fine leaves are ideal for graduation corsage’s compact arrangement.

Isparagu leaves are traditionally used for making the gradution corsage in Bulusan in all levels from preparatory grades to college level.

Isparago leaves are traditionally used for making the graduation corsage in Bulusan in all levels from preparatory grades to college level.

Read more about Bulusan graduation tradition here: http://pamughaton.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/sanig-sa-pingkit/

Photos: Alma P. Gamil

Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines

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2 thoughts on “Graduation Season

    • Thanks, Roy. The truth is I have been remiss with photo shoots of the actual graduation setting (the crowd of students and parents with the blaring graduation march at the background) happening around the town. Thus, this jeepney setting. Nevertheless, all Bulusanons graduating this season deserve our congratulations. Cheers, too!

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