Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Santo Nino Ceremony

Last year I photographed the Santo Nino ceremony of Pablo Julian Gervasio Reyes in a town in the Philippines.
The Santo Nino ceremony happens in January throughout Catholic Churches throughout the country. It is to honor the image of the Santo Nino, Jesus, as a child. The festivities center around an appointed child, known as the "Hermano Mayor" who lead the ceremony for the church. 
For Pablo, he was the Hermano for the church in his grandmother's hometown. He actually did not know many of the kids who attended the parish personally.
Before the ceremony, he handed out gifts to the other kids attending the ceremony

And lunches were handed out as well.
Afterwards, Pablo was dressed up for his part in the ceremony.

A marching band led him to the church.

Where he walked down the center row... 
...and was seated in front of the altar.

Many people brought their statues of the Santo Nino to the ceremony.
And the kids took up most of the pews.
After saying his anointed words...
...the pastor blessed all the Santo Nino statues with holy water.
After the mass was a parade through the town.

Apparently, the parade used to take hours, but it was decided to be made shorter.
For the kid's sake.
It was also led by the marching band.
And featured many Santo Nino statues.

Santo Nino of Pablo Julian Gervasio Reyes
After the parade, the Hermano Mayor handed off the responsibility to the next child who will take the position next year.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Super Blue Blood Full Moon Lunar Eclipse over Bay Area

The lunar eclipse last weekend was a celestial sight to behold.
 I joined a crowd of onlookers who viewed the event at the Chabot Science Center in the Oakland Hills.

Some Spectators used the telescopes available.
 But the event was also visible to the naked eye above the Bay Area. To view more photos and story, click on this link.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Rain finally comes to Bay Area

After a dry start to the rainy season, the wet weather finally arrived in the Bay Area.
Rain is in the forecast the next several days.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bill Graham Menorah Lighting in San Francisco

 Always enjoy photographing the Menorah lighting at Union Square in San Francisco, now in its 43rd year.

 The lighting always draws a crowd to Union Square.

 Rabbi Yosef Langer, the executive director, Chabad of S.F., lit the menorah with some assistance from State Senator Scott Weiner and Mark Leno.

 For more information and a video check my SFGate story.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Total Solar Eclipse from Salem, Oregon

I knew viewing the total solar eclipse in Salem would be amazing. I had seen two solar eclipses before. A partial solar eclipse in Hong Kong in 2009 and an annular eclipse in 2012 in Northern California. But a total eclipse of the sun was even more incredible than I thought it would be.
 I photographed the solar eclipse in Salem, Oregon at the OSMI Solar Eclipse event at the amphitheater at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Thousands of spectators joined in viewing the spectacle.
 Prepared to see the solar eclipse safely.
Some spectators were even over-cautious.
 As the event started, there were telescopes for viewers to also safely get a close look at the sun
Even seeing the sunspots on the surface.
As the totality got close spectators used a colander to see the eclipse of the sun.

And then everyone got in a comfortable position to see one of the most amazing sights you can ever see.

 A total eclipse of the Sun!!

 The sky went from a deep blue...

...to the almost entirely dark night sky.
 And the sight was fantastic.

It was absolutely incredible. My photos don't even do justice to the experience. If you ever get a chance to see a total eclipse DO IT!! You will not be disappointed!