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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Dapitan's Flores De Mayo Tradition

By Francis Raymund Gonzales


It was May 1, 3:15 in the afternoon and I decided to take the bus for Dapitan City. Nainis lang ako ng konte sa isang katagpo ko dahil nga sa hindi siya sumipot sa time and place na usapan namin. Sayang, ililibre ko sana siya pagdating namin sa Dapitan, harharhar.. Iyon nga, nagtext ako nang nagtext sa kanya pero di naman nagrereply. Inisip ko na baka wala itong load, kaya nagload ako para sa kanya. Iyon pala, nagsiesta ang loko at kagigising lang nang mga alas tres. Nagteks siya at tinanong kung umalis na ba ako. Aba'y hindi pa naman. Tineks ko na dalian niya't huwag nang masyadong magpustura at parang me balak pa yata siyang maligo. At that moment, padaan na ang bus papuntang Dapitan at di na ako nagatubiling sumakay. Goodbye. ^_^



May kaibigan kasi akong nag-invite sa akin to witness ang original na Flores de Mayo tradition ng mga taga-Dapitan. Hindi ito yung gabi-gabing santakrusan ng Luzon ha. Ito yung araw-araw na pag-aalay ng bulaklak ng mga bata sa dambana ng Mahal na Birhen bilang pagpupugay sa kanya bilang Reyna ng Mayo.



Pagkarating ko nang Dapitan, diretso ako agad sa kanilang parokya. Ito ay ang St. James the Greater Parish. Inabutan pa ito ni Rizal, kaya di nakapagtatakang na-retain ang mga sinaunang tradisyon noon ng mga tao lalo na't kung mga gawaing Iglesia ang pag-uusapan. Sa loob ng simbahan naroon na ang mga nanay at mga tao kasama ng kanilang mga chikiting. Iyon ang simula ng aking pakikisalamuha at pagbubulay sa unang araw ng Flores de Mayo ng Dapitan City.


Mga batang nakahanda na para sa aktibidades ng Flores de Mayo

Nakahanay ang mga bata sa dalawa

Ang mga bata na kasali sa Flores de Mayo. Ang tatlong bata sa harapan
ang siyang naatasan na humawak sa mga letrang A, V at E bilang
unang salita sa katagang "Ave Maria" na iaalay sa altar ng Mahal na Ina.


Tampok talaga ang mga bata sa gawaing ito. Nagdala sila ng kanilang mga bulaklak alay sa altar ng Mahal na Birhen. At nariyan din ang mga dalagang mangangawit sa organ loft sa may itaas:




Napansin kong habang nagaganap ang Flores de Mayo ay tila mga awiting Espanyol o Latin yata ang kinakanta ng mga mang-aawit sa itaas. Sinubukan kong umakyat papunta sa organ loft ng matandang simbahan.

Paakyat sa matanda at marupok na hagdan

Sa pagpanhik ko sa itaas, para akong bumalik sa sinaunang panahon. Isang matandang organ ang naroon at ito ay pinapatutog ng isang matandang babae at binobomba ng isang matandang lalake (ang organ). Isang lumang paraan ng pagtugto, at ito ay uniquely isa sa pinakaunang mga instrumento na nagmula pa noong panahon ng mga Kastila.


Isang babae ang tumutugtog habang binobomba ng hangin ang organ

Lantad ang katandaan ng organ

Ang Espanyol at Latin na mga awitin ng mga mangangawit.

Pagkatapos ng affair na iyon, nakasalubong ko ang akin kaibigang si Benjie. Tinanong niya kung saan ako galing. Well, I said that I just went up there to see the old church organ. Nagtaka siya.
Nagagalit daw ang mga matatandang naatasan roon at hindi pinapayagan ang anumang paraan ng pagvivideo o pagkuha ng pictures doon bilang paggalang sa tradisyon.

Ipinagkibit-balikat ko nalang an sinabi niya. Well, ansabi ko sa akin sarili, siguro ay nais ng Maykapal na ibahagi ko ang experience na ito sa mga kapatid ko sa internet. Ipinagpapasalamat ko ng marami ang okasyon iyon.

10 comments:

  1. Ahh the Flores de Mayo one of the things often confused with Santa Cruzan.

    We also do it everyday on our Parish (San Ildefonso Parish). But one similar to this is only held once every May 31st. But in our Parish only girls are allowed to offer flowers (Hijas de Maria, wearing white dresses).

    Its good to see they have a Pipe Organ. A simple one because of the need to pump air and the single keyboard. More common ones have two keyboards. More elaborated ones have five.

    Their organ needs some repairs. I hope it gets one soon or we may loose one treasure.

    Its also rare to have Latin songs during such evens mostly its Spanish but nowadays its either English or Tagalog.

    Nice post.

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  2. Yes, it's a pipe organ. And it sounds so eerie that I thought I had crossed the threshold from the modern day to the Spanish era when I ascended the stairs. It's so old that it squeak every time the old man pumped it. And the keys, they're hard and heavy to push. With the poor maintenance of the organ, I bet there's no one in Dapitan who can fix it. It seems to be just there, I don't know

    Thanks for commenting in this post, bro Philip.

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  3. Hehehe...

    Imagine the olden days when there was no piano but the Pie Organ. You had to be quite rich to have one. Actually only Churches have Pipe Organ.

    Also budget will be quite hard because Pipe Organ restoration and repair is quite expensive.

    Welcome Kuya...

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  4. good day boknoy actually the May flower Devotion so Called Alay in tagalog or Flroes de Maria is the oldest heritage that the Spanish Conquistadores left that also in Dapitan infact our great great great grandpa Don Arcadio Sagario a Musician himself had a compose of sets of Dios te Salve Maria of whom were given by Dr. Jose Rizal.

    In this connection thats why Dapitan holds the Tradional Flores De Maria in our Province.due ot its nick name as the Shrine City in the Philippines.

    Benjie Dael
    Sagario Clan Reseacher II

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  5. It is very ineteresting to know that they are still using the Pipe Organ. The organ came actually from Germany. It was built around the late 1890s by the firm Walcker Orgelbau , one of the best builders during that time. They were also the builder of the organ in San Sebastian in Manila. It may be possible that Dr. Jose Rizal had some influences in bringing the organ to Dapitan because of his connections to Germany. Nobody knows yet. But one thing is certain, the organ of Dapitan is a priceless treasure that should be guarded since it has survived a century without much modifications made on the instrument.
    I am from Diego Cera Organbuilders in Las Pinas and we have restored historic pipe organs in the country. We have submitted a list of historic organs worthy of restoration to NCCA including this organ. But they require that the Parish be active in such a project and that the incentive to have it restored should come from parish council.

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  6. Sir, is dat true, do u fix pipe organs?

    How do u do that, is it not very hard to fix a very old thing. u must be experts,..

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  7. hi hello Cealwyn im Benjie Dael of Dipolog City and was very Active in the Legion of Mary in the Diocese im very familiar with this Organ because of Ms. Letecia Putli Hamoy of Dapitan an Organist also and one of the Pioneer Members of the Parish Original Choir Nanay Putli was the one who take Charge of this Organ since then.Its so nice that u included this in your list ill try to talk about this Matter to Nanay Putli. She will be Happy to hear this comments.thanks very much

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  8. I am a dutch organ builder, I am planning to migrate here in the philippines. I also want to see this Walcker restored. It is a tressure of its time. I have worked on some walcker organs myself in the netherlands. Reading from the comments, i think the organ is leaking and its not so expensive to fix. I will gladly offer my help when it comes to repairing and restoring this organ.

    Rieks van Dijk
    www.virtual-organs.com

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  9. many thanks to you sir .well gladly to hear that God Bless you

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  10. Rieks, als dit leest... neem eens contact op.
    Nico uit Zeist

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