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Christmas Trees To Go Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Christmas Trees To Go

Cities around the world always allocate a portion of their budgets for decorations for holidays. Slow or bad economic conditions can have public administrators trying to come up with ways to save, especially, if they have to buy new Christmas decorations for the city.

 

Here is a Christmas decoration idea that is not only “budget conscious” and “cost effective”, but “environmentally friendly” and adds a new idea to the issue of “recycle.”

 

In the United States, vehicle owners sometimes wonder, “What can I do with the old tires off the car or pickup ?” Answer: Build a Christmas Tree.

 

Using metal poles, angle iron and old automobile tires, these unique “On The Roadside Christmas Trees” line the shoulders of the road into the city of Tanauan in the Republic of the Philippines. These trees are painted white, but if you get out your silver, gold or green spray cans, then, you can come up with your own paint scheme.

 

This photograph was taken, during the Christmas 2011 season. While these holiday trees seem securely embedded in the roadside shoulder, they are obviously portable because come January they are Christmas Trees To Go . . . into storage until next year. Go ahead and fire up your Lincoln arc welder and build yourself a Christmas Tree. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Paradise’s Public Parasols Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Paradise’s Public Parasols

Miniature umbrellas line the roadside into Tanauan in this holiday photograph of Christmas 2011. Every culture has a unique way to celebrate holidays. Christmas is one of those global holidays were people and nations get creative in their decorations and observances.

 

The Republic of the Philippines holds the world record for having the longest Christmas season, which begins in October and ends in January. I noticed this year that some people waited until early February to finally take down their Christmas 2011 decorations.

 

I have not noticed if the tiny umbrellas have returned to the roadside, yet, this year, but, it is only early December and there are still plenty of days until Christmas. Photo by Samuel E, Warren Jr.

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“Man In The Hood” — Cultural Differences ! Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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“Man In The Hood” — Cultural Differences !

Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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“The Man In The Hood” 

The Man In The Hood steps toward me.  I take a couple of steps backward.  My finger keeps pressing down on the camera shutter.  I hear the shutter clicking  away.  I feel the echo of my heartbeat in my ears. 

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People stand on the sidelines and watch “The Man In The Hood” walk by.  “The Reporter Within” pushes me out of the crowd and into the path of the approaching man.  I zoom in and start clicking off photos of the approaching man.  I keep stepping back to keep my distance and try to frame the shot, so that the man seems to walk at you.  I slow my back steps to try to get the image in my mind into the digital media card in my camera.  I had forgotten the focus on the zoom lens of my camera, so, when I looked through the viewfinder and his eyes suddenly looked into mine – an uneasy feeling went through my body and I got out of the way to let “The Man In The Hood” walk past me.

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In the United States, a man in a hood, is a dark symbol of evil, violence, terrorism and hatred that is associated with the Ku Klux Klan.  The KKK promotes a racist view of the world that rejects immigrants and religions that are not Protestant.  In the Republic of the Philippines, this man in the hood, was one of the actors in the Holy Week activities of the Palo Cathedral.  The irony is the man in this costume is promoting Catholicism and Christianity. The moral to the photo and the story is the powerful symbols of one nation’s culture may have a similar symbol with a completely different meaning in another nation’s culture.  Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Photography Patrol — “Dreams Of The PBA” — Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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” Dreams Of The PBA” — Ring, the puppy, stretches out on the cool,concrete porch under a bamboo bench at One Warren Way, Barangay Baras, Leyte, Republic of the Philippines.  He decided to take a nap next to my nephews’ basketball.  While the nephews seem never to miss a televised Philippine Basketball Association game, Ring’s peaceful slumber suggests he maybe wondering if the PBA has an opening for a mascot.  Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Christy’s Creativity – Photography Patrol –Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Homemade Altar

My wife, Christy Warren sit up this altar at our home on One Warren Way, Barangay Baras, Leyte, Republic of the Philippines.  The support structure was built by her brother, Ramon.  Using a satin pillow case she thumb tacked the trim around the shelf.  The two large ceramic angels were bought from a vendor at Maxell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.  The small white goddess flower vase is a “Yard Sale” find from the United States.  The roses were purchased from a flower vendor outside of the Santo Nino church in Tacloban city.  The Lady of Lourdes statue came from a visit to the island of Cebu.  Christy used her creativity to come up with the idea of bringing these items together to create a family altar. To publish this photo, I tried using the Google Chrome browser ScribeFire plugin for my Word Press blog. Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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July 14, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Photography Patrol – Young Man Sells Flowers at the Santo Nino Church in Tacloban City–Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Photography Patrol – Young Man Sells Flowers at the Santo Nino Church in Tacloban City–Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Young Man Sells Flowers at the Santo Nino Church in Tacloban City Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr. This young man is one of two flower vendors, who offer flowers for sale, outside the Santo Nino Church in Tacloban City, Republic of the Philippines. This photo was taken Friday, April 13, 2012. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Photography Patrol – Lady Flower Vendor at the Santo Nino Church in Tacloban City–Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Photography Patrol – Lady Flower Vendor at the Santo Nino Church in Tacloban City–Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Lady Flower Vendor at the Santo Nino Church Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr. This woman is one of the two flower vendors, who offers flowers for sale, outside the Santo Nino church in Tacloban City. This photo was taken Friday, April 13, 2012 – “Friday the 13th,” Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Photography Patrol – Pastrana Sari–Sari Store–Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Pastrana Sari-Sari Store

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Pastrana Sari-Sari Store – Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.  Pastrana is pronounced “Pah-strah – nah.”  And the words, sari-sari, are pronounced, “Sorry – E, Sorry – E.”  A sari-sari store in the Philippines is like a General Store in rural America or a small convenience store in an American city.  This little store a customer can actually walk into and shop.  Some sari-sari stores are more like a bank teller’s window at the drive thru lane of a bank.  You tell the store operator what you want and they either give it to you for a certain amount of pesos or they tell you they don’t have the item.

A sari-sari store’s merchandise varies from store to store, but, they can have everything from double A batteries to detergent to candy to rice to Coca Cola, Pepsi, Merinda or Royal orange soda to San Miguel beer.  Americans love the term “small business.” but to truly appreciate how small a business can be and still make a living for a family, you have to shop at a Philippines’ Sari-Sari Store.  Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Photography Patrol – Pacific Paradise–FREE Photo for Wallpaper –Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Pacific Paradise

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Pacific Paradise  –  FREE Photo for wallpaper– Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.  Sunday, April 8, 2012.  I’m strolling barefoot in the sand, along the beach,with my Canon EOS 40 D.  I’m happy to be on the beach out in the sunshine.  I remembered a couple of years before I retired I had a palm tree and ocean wallpaper on my desktop computer.  When the week had been demanding, it helped sometimes to pull up that wallpaper photo and look at it.  I know there must still be people, who need a visual breather sometimes, so I raised the camera and took the photo. If you are in one of those demanding jobs, then, maybe, this photo can be your island breeze in a hectic schedule.  This is a beach on the island of Leyte, in the Eastern Visayas, of the Republic of the Philippines. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

Photography Patrol – Holy Week 2012 in the Republic of the Philippines–Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Holy Week 2012 in the Republic of the Philippines — Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr. Today is Good Friday. The church in the photograph is the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Pastrana, Leyte, Republic of the Philippines. Filipinos and Filipinas living abroad can participate in virtual Holy Week activities, according to a "Manila Bulletin” online article: "Internet Makes Possible Virtual Holy Week Rites

By LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO, DUANE ALLMAN R. DIZON at this web address: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/356350/internet-makes-possible-virtual-holy-week-rites

St. Francis of Assisi Chapel Photo by Samuel. E. Warren Jr.

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