Monday, November 24, 2008

A Sad Fate



Broken

My British friend K and I went to La Loma Cemetery in Caloocan City as part of our holiday. Like what I have said in my other blog, neither K nor I know someone who was buried in the cemetery, but K just had to drop by this particular cemetery, because there is some kind of connection between my friend K's family and the cemetery. It's quite a personal connection, and I don't know if I can share it or not, so I guess I will just shut my mouth.

Anyway, we are on our way out of the cemetery and K guided me to the section in the cemetery where he took this shot that I really liked. It was raining, and as I step on a damp soil to gain momentum as I take the shot, I notice this broken epitaph, probably from the children section of the cemetery, because when we went there, we notice that some of the apartment style tombs for the babies had this notice of something (I forgot how it was called), and K said that should the family fail to pay their rents, the bones will be taken out, so other can rent the space. There are quite a lot of open spaces in the section, and it was just so sad. Some of the babies were born and died on the same day, and although they still haven't done anything to make their mark, for the family to forget about them truly is a sad fate.

Oh well..

*** Jenn ***

13 comments:

magiceye said...

real estate rules!

Aileni said...

I believe this happens in cemetaries in Mexico and Spain where bodies are buried but placed in small crypts.
The B&W shot show the poignancy very strongly. Colour would be inappropriate.

2sweetnsaxy said...

I thought the picture was kind of sad even before I read your story behind it. Sad. :-(

michael bird said...

intriguing photo and story.

babooshka said...

At first glance evry sad, but reading the text put the image in context. Interesting.

uncleawang said...

So sad..I can't say anything now.
Anyway your B&W shot is nicely capture.Thanks for commenting on my MM & have a nice day.

Carver said...

That's a beautiful shot of a sad subject.

Julie said...

I have never heard of paying rent for a plot before. We usually buy it outright. How terribly sad. The picture is sad and well done.

mannanan said...

How very sad. thank you for capturing a piece of history. a single moment in time but not forgotten like the children...

~Just Me Miranda~ said...

Very sad, but the B&W shot is definately a good choice for it.

Liz said...

That is dreadfully sad! How could they do that?! Wonderfully evocative image.

Daryl said...

How sad .. and look someone wrote your name across the grass!

:-Daryl

Dragonstar said...

That's a fine photo, but your story makes me want to cry!

 
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