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I was travelling through Enrique Villaneuva on my circumnavigation of Siquijor island and stopped to look a the peasant church you can see, the church of Mount Carmel. What caught my attention is recorded on the other images. A Filipina friend of mine had joked to me that Christmas is celebrated in the Philippines from September to April. I sort of laughed but the presence of the wonderfully rendered nativity scene on the 17th February made me wonder a bit.
A closer inspection showed the most wonderfu workmanship in driftwood and bamboo, it really was impressive. Perhaps they are so proud of the scene that they leave it up all year, it is certainly worthy of it.
The church itself is pretty unremarkable, a fairly modern edifice fairly sparsely adorned but, as always, far and away the largest building in the community. Wandering a few yards away I came upon the parish office with the sign as shown displayed outside. It confused me a little. My Biblical knowledge is minimal but I am sure I remember something about Christ throwing the merchants out of the temple. Perhaps things have changed.
Updated Mar 16, 2012