A SURREAL 'VISITA IGLESIA' IN NORTHERN SAMAR
In the middle of one day at Easter, Myrna and her friends asked me if I would like to go with them to visit some Churches in Northern Samar. (A province on an island in the Visayas, within the central Philippines.)
I said 'yes', not wishing to be left behind, and grabbed my camera.
We left the residence at UEP and proceeded to 'Our Lady of the Nativity Church' at Las Navas.
Everyone, including a small boy, got out of the car and went inside to pray.
As I am rather deaf, and never quite know what a preacher (or anyone else) is saying, I got out to take photos of the exterior and interior. (Religion is not one of my major interests - but I like churches.)
After a few minutes I was asked to get back into the car again. Then there was a long trip to another church.
This strange behaviour carried on for numerous churches. Sometimes they had to search for the boy who seemed to have lost interest in praying, but liked to look around outside.
I was told that after visiting churches we would be going to the graveyard where Myrna's elder brother had been buried a few days before. But we did not get there because at one stage the car broke down with a flat tire, so they ran out of time.
When I got back to Australia I looked up some of the locations on the WWW and came to realise that I had been taken on a 'Visita Iglesia' - (Bisita Inglesia) - to 14 churches, representing the 14 Stations of the Cross - of which I was totally ignorant.
For the benefit of others who may find themselves in the same situation, on this page I have included a good pictorial diagram of the 14 stages.
Because this page is fairly long I have divided it up into six parts.
There is a horizontal navigation bar under the first image of each section, to assist the reader.