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  • Oroquetta
    a street of non secular art
    One street in Manila is known for creating and selling religious sculptures that one can usually see in a typical Catholic home.  "Poon" as Filipinos usually call it are non secular sculptures used as an idol of the Catholics to express their faith.  Catholics treat these icons with care and normally they would offer flowers on the altar as a sign of respect.  Some poons were dressed extravagantly too.
    Being in Oroquetta is like exploring a world behind all these traditions.  I saw the reality that these sculptures are just objects that were created for money.  I saw how these sculptures were thrown because it is broken and how it was displayed all together with plastics and even price tags.  It was a business after all.
    In one of the shops, I saw beautiful pieces of Mary and child sculpture in the making and I fell in love with the art behind it.  To compare this with a human character, it wants to tell us that what is inside counts more than what is on the outside.
  • Oroquetta Street Tayuman, Manila