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Street Side Grottos

 

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View Flickr slideshow (there are a few extra photos in the Flickr set that aren’t on this page).

Click each photo to enlarge. Click Zoom links to see the area surrounding the grotto (if available). If the lightbox gets stuck, press ESC to close, then click the link again. It will open normally.

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The Virgin Mary is one of the most widely revered religious icons in the Philippines, a deeply Catholic country.

These Virgin Mary grottos pop up randomly in street corners all over Metro Manila.

The DIY ethos of these little structures speaks volumes about the Filipino character. These little structures are very well clean and well maintained despite being located in some very-high trafficked areas where the surroundings are sketchy, polluted, or situated in nooks beside crumbling walls. Some even have fresh flowers in makeshift vases.

They’re really cool, and more often than not, we  locals overlook them. Some are too big to be ignored, but many are really small, just perched in front of some tree or hidden behind a parked car in a narrow street corner. You can only see a bit of the grotto’s blue frame peeking out.

These grottos have different personalities. In some, the statue is barely recognizable as Virgin Mary, like this one. It looks like some cute cartoon.In some, you can see the types of bottles the residents of that street chose to use as vases. Some are Gatorade bottles, some are mineral water bottles.

This series on this page was made in 2008 – 2009, but it’s perpetually ongoing.

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