Featured on this page are heirloom images of prominent families from the city of Zamboanga, many of which are still being processioned during the annual Semana Santa rites, following age-old colonial traditions.
(PHOTO CREDITS: All photos from "ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA: Memories of the Old Town" by Antonio E. Orendain II ed., Manila: Vera Reyes, 1984. Edited for this blog)
The devotion of Filipinos to their Catholic religion does not only revolve around the church and its rituals but also on images of veneration known as "santos". Introduced during the Spanish colonial times, santos, often of wood or precious ivory, are sacred to most Filipinos, lavishly processioned during Lent, fiestas and other holidays. Whether they be products of unschooled hands or of trained master carvers, santos have come to be cherished as part of every Filipino family's home. Through new and old santo articles & reprints, vintage photos, personal stories and interviews, this blog honors these treasured images of faith and celebrates the exuberant art of the Filipino santero that still lives on today.