Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter Blessing from "Apo Resurreccion"

Dr Abe V Rotor

We wish to ask in prayer the blessings of our Apo Resurreccion to all our blog members and viewers, radio listeners, and to all whose lives they touch, and to the management of Google (Blog), and Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid.

Apo Resureccion has been with us in our ancestral home for four generations now. Life size to a typical Filipino, the icon is enclosed in a three-side glass cabinet. I took these photos after grooming the Apo in time for the Easter celebration in 2014. The Apo was groomed again in time with the current Lenten Season.   

Nothing has changed in the Apo except his linen and some signs of getting old, so to speak. The icon is made of one-piece wood carved faithfully from head to foot. No one can tell in my generation and that of my dad who the model was. If ever there was, he was likely a good-looking, pious citizen, with fair complexion, possibly from our town, San Vicente or Vigan, the provincial capital. It is possible that the sculptor used paintings and other sculptures as reference instead. 

San Vicente is traditionally famous for furniture and wooden saints. It is the Paete of the north, as often compared; it is a local seat of Renaissance art. The town takes pride, although it is a third class in rank, with a distinction of producing professionals,  leading farmers, artisans, and leaders, notwithstanding,  in practically all fields of human endeavor.  The ratio per one thousand population is one of the highest in the country, and in fact, in the world. ~  

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