After hearing mass at Antipolo, one will find it hard to ignore the hustle and bustle outside the church.
Local vendors have found a lucrative business selling colorful balloons and toys. Small children are easily enticed by the sight of familiar characters floating on strings, flying winding birds and small toys with wheels that you can push back and forth with its handle. I saw a little girl frantically pulling her mom's hand towards the toy vendors.
Yohan didn't ask for any of those this year but when he was younger I bought him one of those ingenious mouse toys that move by pulling its string (made of scrap cloth and rock pulley-like mechanism).
There are also vendors selling candles outside the church. Lighting candles is a popular Catholic tradition. One usually light candles to pray for blessings or ask for divine intervention.
I always see these peculiar man and woman wax figures whenever I go to Antipolo but I have never asked what they are for. Some say the man and woman wax figures symbolize marriage but I may be wrong. Please share if you know.
A visit to Antipolo church will not be complete without buying casuy and suman (cashew and rice cakes). I took this quick snapshot when I noticed a lone red cashew among the yellow ones. I didn't buy any but hubby bought plain cashew nuts.
Back at home, we enjoyed eating fried suman with some sugar. It would have been better with ripe mangoes but it was still yummy.