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.
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.
Photos : Alma P. Gamil
Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines