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Whoa, Christmas Tree ! Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr,

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This is a tall Christmas Tree as it evident by the fact that those are real not “toy” jeepneys that seem to be “under” the Christmas Tree. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Whoa, Christmas Tree !

 

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

This public Christmas Tree puts new meaning in the word, “Creativity.” The idea is simple. The catch is you have to drink a lot of soda pop. Actually, you probably need your family, friends, co-workers and most of the people, who live in your zip code to drink a lot of soda like starting in January for this Christmas Tree.

 

This public Christmas Tree was set up, near a government office building in a city close to Manila. I took the photograph, during the Christmas 2011 Season.

 

Someone pickup your cellphone and send this photo to your friends, who work at Coca Cola and Pepsi. The ornate star at the top of the Christmas Tree is an arrangement of plastic soda pop bottles. Now, look closely at the beautiful green tree. The tree is a collection of green soda pop bottles.

 

Someone might want to give the staff at the Guinness Book of World Records a ring. It would be interesting to know how many empty plastic litter bottles went into building this Christmas Tree ?

 

Incidentally, the ornaments on the tree ? It looks like the ornaments are. . .you guessed it. . .empty plastic liter soda pop bottles. Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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In this close up photograph, you can see that the crafts people took care in constructing the frame and arranging the pop bottles for this unique public Christmas Tree in the Philippines. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons license.

Lost Bridge Nikon D 70 Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Lost Bridge  This bridge is near the Barangay Cameri boundary.  In the shade of thick vegetation it seems to be lost.

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Family Altar

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Family Altar

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Christy Warren arranges artificial flowers for the family altar.

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

The centerpiece of many religions is the altar. Some religions have an altar in a church, while some encourage families to set up small altars in their homes.

Christy Warren, my wife, asked her brother, Ramon to build a wall mount altar. Sunday, September 2, 2012,

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Ramon Saldana used coconut lumber to build the wall mounted family altar.

 

 

 

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The water grottoes below the family altar were built by a local Tacloban City craftsman, but they have not been included in the current family altar design and remain in storage under the altar.

Christy asked the kids to help her change out the dressings of her outside altar. Analyn3B FAMILY ALTAR_Nikon D 70 Photo by Samuel E. Warren JrDSC_1220-01_resized Natividad cleaned the ceramic angels, while Christy decided on the cloth to use for the altar skirts.

 

 

 

Analyn Natividad cleans a ceramic angel for the Family Altar.

 

 

 

 

 

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Christy Warren  thumb tacks some white material to the bottom of the altar to serve as a skirt.

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Chrismar Roa helps his Aunt Christy Warren spread out the sheer fabric over the centered dowel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ramon carefully positions the large Our Lady of Lourdes statue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramon carefully positioned the large Our Lady of Lourdes statue and the two ceramic angels. Christy adjusted the Santo Nino into the designated position. The vase of artificial flowers and glass candlesticks added the final touch to the outside family altar.

 

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Family Altar   The completed family altar features two large ceramic angels, the Our Lady of Lourdes statue, the Santa Nino, a vase of artificial flowers and two glass candlestick holders.

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My Pacific Island Neighborhood

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My Pacific Island Neighborhood

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Take a camera and stroll a few yards through your neighborhood and you see houses. 

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In rural settings, the homes always tell a story of the people that live in them.  The style and size of American farm homes in the 1800s, always revealed the impact of weather and nature, by the location of the home, and the materials used in construction.

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The idea of form follows function seems to be a useful idea in construction from budget to building.  The photos of these homes in my neighborhood, a few yards from my front door and reveals that the tropical temperatures and climate are a consideration in construction and style. 

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Easter In The P.I. Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Easter In The P.I.

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Easter in the Philippine Islands is a different custom than Easter in the Good Ole USA.

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Ranillo and Chrismar paint Easter eggs.

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My wife, Christy, never ceases to amaze me. When I got up and headed for my first cup of morning coffee, my nieces and nephews were sitting at the kitchen table painting Easter eggs.

Christy smiled and said, “I told the kids that I would teach them about Easter traditions in the States.”

I smiled and nodded.

Suddenly, I remembered that things you take for granted in one country can be a whole new idea in another country.

I watched Chrismar meticulously painting an Easter egg and realized that he had probably never heard the stories about “the Easter bunny.”

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Chrismar patiently paints an Easter egg. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Ranillo sat beside Chrismar and applied brush strokes to an egg like Leonardo da Vinci at work on the Mona Lisa.

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Ranillo concentrates on carefully placing paint on an Easter egg. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

“Face painting,” smiled Christy.

“Excuse me,” I replied.

“Kids in the United States get their faces painted for Easter,” smiled Christy.

“Yeah, but, kids getting their faces painted isn’t really an Easter custom. The whole face painting thing goes with carnivals, county fairs, shopping mall openings and events like that.”

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Christy gave me that “it could be an Easter tradition” look. “Then, again, kids do seem to like having their faces painted,” I acknowledge.

“Good, get your pad and pen and draw up some designs,” suggested Christy. I tossed down the old yellow legal pad and placed the black ball point pen on the surface and quickly sketched out some designs. “But, we don’t have any face paints or body paints,” I point out.

Christy grins, “I have my makeup.”

Junea smiles and lets Aunt Christy apply the makeup.

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Junea models “The Bunny” face paint design by Christy. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Vanissa watches skeptically. I can tell that she is less than enthusiastic about her face being a painter’s blank canvas. Ranyiel Saldana and Mac Mac Roa watch more like multinational business tycoons than curious little boys. Nonetheless, Junea grasp the concept and convinces Vanissa to allow her to apply a flower.

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Junea displays her artistic cosmetic skills to face paint a flower on Vanissa. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

“Face painting is one of those activities at county fairs that groups do to raise money. They charge like a buck or two for the face painting,” I explain. Ranyiel and Mac Mac give me the old, but how does face painting apply to men look? “Camouflage. Native Americans — the American Indian, their braves would put on ‘war paint’ before going off into battle. The war paint on the face was part of the custom designed to scare the enemy. And, in American and Filipino action movies, you always see the soldiers put camo paint on their faces, so that they blend into the night or the landscape. Camo painting by Special Ops type guys is a form of face painting,” I explain.

Mac Mac is up for the challenge and earns a star on the face. Ranyiel isn’t fond of his Schwarzenegger Style Combat Commando Camouflage design, so he quickly washes off the design.

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Mac Mac relaxes to allow Aunt Christy to apply her face painting skills to add a star to his face. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Christy brushes on “The Star” face paint design to Mac Mac’s face. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Ranyiel decides against the Schwarzenegger Style Camo Combat Commander face paint design and goes to wash it off. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Christy’s face painting idea might become part of the Saldana Family’s Easter traditions. At least, the “face painting” technique provided the kids some artistic entertainment for an afternoon.

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