The Philippines is a poor country. It is also a country with public, large scale acts of religious devotion, and massive street parties (called ‘Fiestas’) that put families into debt. There is an argument that can be made to link one to the others, but whatever the case the people do alot of praying and drinking. (more…)

one of the countless numbers of Jesi paraded around the festival.  Like last year there were a few deaths from heart attacks resulting from the crush of over two million devotees.]

These pics are from 9 Jan 08, the Quiapo Fiesta in Manila. They are mostly family photos from my maternal side. (more…)