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Palm Sunday 2014 images in Bulusan

Palm Sunday 2014 in Bulusan

Oliba fronds adorn the main altar of the Saint James the Greater Parish in Bulusan. Palaspas made of young coconut and buri palm leaves complete the simple  Palm Sunday flora arrangement.

Oliba leaves with red accent for Palm Sunday  for each station of the cross frame.

Oliba fronds with red accent for each frame of the station of the cross. Red is the traditional color theme for Palm Sunday.

Local parishioners brought mostly oliba leaves to the event.

Local parishioners brought mostly oliba fronds to church to be blessed for the Palm Sunday celebrations.

More oliba carrying parishioners wait for the  blessing rites.

Pineapple shaped palaspas with oliba fronds as main accent at the altar.

An installation of  pineapple shaped palaspas with oliba fronds  at the church’s altar.

Oliba foliage arrangement sparsely accented with palaspas made from young coconut palm leaves.

Hosanna choir girl giving away flower petals from her basket after the Palm Sunday mass.

Hosanna choir girl giving away flower petals from her basket after the Palm Sunday mass.

Palm Sunday is more known as Domingo de Ramos in formal reference to the event and casually referred to as “osana’ (Hosanna) in our town.  In Bulusan this is a festive event complete with bedecked azoteas around the Poblacion where hosanna choir composed of local girls and boys with their daintily decorated baskets full of flower petals sing traditional hosanna songs while throwing confetti like petals to the crowd. Rainy weather however prevented the round-the-Poblacion hosanna to happen. In a rare occurrence in the town’s history, the singing of the hosanna choir took place inside the church in lieu of the more festive outdoor ‘osana.’ The event took off successfully despite the rains  with some parishioners taking enthusiastic photo ops with the Palm Sunday themed altar as background after the mass.

Some members of the hosanna choir waiting for their photo ops.

Some members of the hosanna choir waiting for their photo ops.

Photos : Alma P. Gamil

Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines

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