Friday, May 28, 2010

Colorful Hustle and Bustle Outside Antipolo Church

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.



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9 comments:

renin said...

Natakam naman ako. I love cashew nuts and fried suman is on my breakfast list (if we have). Yummy!

I have not tried cashew fruit...

Carver said...

I love the city scenes you photographed and the food looks delicious. Thanks for your comment and I know you said your photohunters post wasn't up yet but I thought I'd check out your recent posts.

Kate said...

ang cute ng red cashew :) what does that mean pala? Is it ripe? hehe. I also see those human shaped candles. I asked about it from a vendor and she said that it can stand for anything you want... Like wishes for health, good relationships, wealth etc.

kay said...

I have never been there ... I would like to go when I get a car though.

jeanny said...

me fried suman pala. I love eating kakanin and suman is a favorite :)

Happy weekend Rach

Alice Teh said...

It looks exciting, Rachel. Thanks for sharing the pics.

Ebie said...

Honestly, I have not seen a real cashew, only in packages. This photo is a real treat for me.

Aron said...

casuy and suman? I want to try!

♡u8mypinkc00kies♡ said...

loved the suman

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