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Posted By Lester V Ledesma
Decided to skip flying home to the Philippines to cover this year's Holy Week celebrations. Hey, even photographers have to rest....

Crucis

But boy did I miss the buzz of activity - the sweat, the pain, the murmur of prayers, the blood splatters, the carrozas, the via crucis, the senakulo, the pagpapako. Not often do you get to experience that deeply religious vibe hanging so thickly in the air.

Like Waisak day in Thailand, or Ramadan in Indonesia, or Thaipusam in Malaysia, the semana santa in the Philippines is one of Southeast Asia's most intense religious occasions.


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
It takes a step of faith to start walking that strip of concrete. Don't dare to look from the sidewalk. Just step into the road and walk. Slowly, steadily. Raise your hand if you must, but by all means keep walking - and watch the cars and scooters (mostly scooters) simply flow around you. Keep doing this till you reach the other end of the road.

Le_loi

Think that was an adventure? The dude at the bottom of the picture does it every day.


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
Hoi An, Central Vietnam: A streetside hawker shows off her merchandise - paper lanterns to be lit and floated down the Hoi An River - during the recent full moon festival.

Lantern


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
The right way to spend it:

Cat


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
les dineurs cafe:

French1

les serveurs:

French2

le guitariste:

French3

le roller:

French4

le libraire:

French5

 

 

 
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