The thirteenth of the month is the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, where devotees come in droves to light candles.
After the medical mission, our gracious host took us for a tour of “The Ruins“, that famous landmark and heritage site in Negros Occidental.
It used to be the mansion built by Don Mariano Ledesma for his first wife…and as the very entertaining tour guide said, “It is the Taj Mahal” of Asia.
🙂 It was a shell of the original place, but still, you could see the grand scale that the Don had in mind. 🙂
Personally, I don’t believe in the concept of soulmates… I dislike having to think that everything is pre-ordained, and things will keep repeating itself until we learn things. However, I subscribe to free will and romantic chemistry. It’s a more tangible, and work-able equation.
(People want to believe in the things they want to believe in, such as soulmates and love and destiny. I don’t think I do believe in two of the three I mentioned.)
It was a playground in the sky.
Our kind host took us to a place in Bacolod which was pretty much a theme park and an adventure place all in one.
Like big kids, we couldn’t help but be entertained by the different sights and sounds (and high-flying rides) there. 🙂
My town has a traditionalist attitude, especially when it comes to religious practices.
For most of my life, I’ve participated in activities of devotion to the town’s patron, St. Anthony of Padua.
I got this excerpt about St. Anthony from the St. Anthony.org website:
St. Anthony of Padua is one of the Catholic Church’s most popular saints. Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost and stolen articles, was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. He’s typically portrayed holding the child Jesus—or a lily—or a book—or all three—in his arms. Many people give alms to St. Anthony Bread in thanksgiving to God for blessings received through the prayers of St. Anthony.
St. Anthony of Padua’s life is what every Christian’s life is meant to be; a steady courage to face the ups and downs of life, the call to love and forgive, to be concerned for the needs of others, to deal with crisis great and small, and to have our feet solidly on the ground of total trusting love and dependence on God.
St Anthony is beloved throughout the world and is responsive to all people and all needs. His intercessory powers before our God are awesome.
Going for daily novena masses in devotion to St. Anthony is a good way for me to get in touch with my faith, and to cherish the traditions of our community. My uncle drove the pick-up truck that St. Anthony was on (a local organization decorated it with flowers).
We only pass a road in one way only once.
All other circumstances would change… Too often, I find myself thinking, that I do want to photograph everything, because they are never going to happen again. I’m going to be a different person next time, and I will not be able to experience things the same way again.
In the long bus rides, it is inevitable to find interesting things to photograph along the way. This I find advantageous to my dislike for inactivity, and thus, I take full advantage of it. 🙂
This photo set is made up of scenes on the way from Dumaguete City to Cadiz City.