December 24, 2012

They came on a boat

Nativity scene on a bangka, an outrigger canoe In the Christmas Parks of the Ateneo de Manila University, the Jesuit Residence (where the Jesuits who work in the university live) and the East Asian Pastoral Institute (EAPI, a Jesuit-run institute though not part of the university) were assigned the MIMAROPA region. An abbreviation for Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan, the MIMAROPA region is a long and narrow string of island provinces in the west central part of the Philippines. As you can imagine, boats are a major way of traveling around the islands, and the EAPI and Jesuit Residence's Nativity is set on a bangka, a small outrigger canoe which is the most common boat used in the country. The roofed shelter is optional and is usually found only on bigger boats.


Lowell said...

Well that is interesting. I don't think I've ever seen a nativity scene on a boat before!

That Mary and Joseph! What will they think of next?

Have a very Merry Christmas, Hilda!

James said...

This is really neat!
Merry Christmas Hilda!