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July 22, 2009 Solar Eclipse

Posted by BCS on July 22, 2009

It was a busy morning for me.

My wife had to leave the house very early for a job interview and requested for me to wait for my son to be picked up by the school service before I leave. Because of that, I was only able to leave the house at around 8:33am.

Thinking that I was already late for work anyway, I decided to drop by the bank (which was along my way to the office) to settle some matters. I got to the bank at around 9:10am and finished my business there 15 minutes later, after which I hurried off to the office.

I had been hoping, since when I first heard about it a couple of weeks ago, that I would be able to take a snapshot or two of the solar eclipse that was going to occur today. And, knowing that the greatest eclipse (GE) was going to occur around 9:44am, I felt a bit frustrated since I was left with less than 20 minutes to get to the office, pull my camera out, and take the pictures.

In addition to that, even if I do make it on time, I doubted that I will be able to take a good picture of the eclipse. I took some test shots of the sun while I was still at home and, even with my camera’s aperture set to the smallest and the shutter speed set to the highest possible settings, I was only able to get a washed-out image of the great ball of fire. The light intensity was just too great.

Trial shot I took at home

Trial shot I took at home

Frustrated as I was, I kept on taking swift peeks at the sun (ignoring the dangers of doing so) hoping to get a glimpse of the eclipse even for just a split second.

And I did, a couple of times, when thin clouds covered the sun just enough to make it not painful to look at.

Solar eclipses are considered in many cultures as a bad thing, associating it with bad luck, chaos, and terrible events. But in my case, as it turned out, it was ALL GOOD.

I got to the office at around 9:38am, just a little over 10 minutes after I left the bank. Wonderful!

But my greatest luck would come in the form of my good friend (and officemate) Arnel, who’s also brought his camera with him and, with that, his INFRARED FILTER!

And for that, I was able to take a couple of pictures of the eclipse.

The solar eclipse (taken some time between 9:40am to 9:50am), Quezon City, Philippines

The solar eclipse (taken some time between 9:40am to 9:50am), Quezon City, Philippines

It may not be the “GE” point/event (said to be around 49.5 percent where I’m at), but I can’t be any happier.

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Church of the Holy Sacrifice

Posted by BCS on July 9, 2009

Church of the Holy Sacrifice (Exterior)

Church of the Holy Sacrifice (Exterior)

I don’t know how true the story is, but I’ve heard that the Church of the Holy Sacrifice (located at the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman) is the first project of Leandro V. Locsin to be built during his career. Locsin was proclaimed a National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture in 1990 by President Corazon C. Aquino.

On January 12, 2005, the chuch was considered as a National Historical Landmark and a Cultural Treasure by the National Historical Institute and the National Museum respectively.

Everything about it is remarkable… the dome, the absence of any kind of structural support inside the structure, the simplistic design, the 1,000-person seating capacity. But what I find most remarkable is the fact that this church is a product of the collaborative efforts and extraordinary talents of five National Artists. And what a glorious product it is!

Historical Marker at the Church of the Holy Sacrifice

Historical Marker at the Church of the Holy Sacrifice

The structure (as I’ve already mentioned) was designed by Leandro V. Locsin…

Church of the Holy Sacrifice (Exterior)

Church of the Holy Sacrifice (designed by Leandro V. Locsin)

the murals of the Stations of the Cross were painted by Vicente S. Manansala and Ang Kiukok…

One of the murals of the Stations of the Cross inside the church (by Vicente Manansala and Ang Kiukok)

One of the murals of the Stations of the Cross inside the church (by Vicente Manansala and Ang Kiukok)

the double-sided crucifix and altar base was sculpted/carved by Napoleon Abueva…

The Crucifix by Napoleon Abueva hanging beneath the skylight at the center of the church

The Crucifix by Napoleon Abueva hanging beneath the skylight at the center of the church

and the floor (entitled “The River of Life”) was designed by Arturo Luz.

The River of Life by Arturo Luz

The River of Life by Arturo Luz

It is as much a shrine of the arts as it is one of the religious and the holy.

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