Saturday, September 29, 2012



When the pigeon walked toward me,
Suddenly his breast burst open:
God was there in the wound
Walking to me!

Nearer he came and nearer,
Pigeon and God together;
At the base of my mortal body
Looking up at me!

Gesturing to me without motion,
Talking to me without words:
“Open. Open. Let me ascend.
Open. Open!”

Then did I will my body to break,
To break, to break, for Door!
And God leapt in and rose
Fire in my realms of bone.

-Jose Garcia Villa

Now on Etsy: Krampus Postcards

Need to gift someone who's been rather naughty this year?
Well, here's your terrifying but lovable, Krampus! 

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Paco Mortuary Chapel

Paco Mortuary Chapel
Originally uploaded by bleak!
Paco Chapel's old reredo.
The Calvary figures are now in San Agustin Museum in Intramuros, Manila.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Originally uploaded by bleak!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Apalit Church

Apalit Church
Originally uploaded by bleak!
Apalit Church's interior at the turn of the century.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

S. Anna

Originally uploaded by bleak!
A continental collage depicting St. Anne and the Child Mary in its original glass and ebonized wooden frame. Probably mid-to- late 1800's.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Art Theft: N.S. de la Asuncion of Maragondon, Cavite

N.S. de la Asuncion
Originally uploaded by bleak!
Stolen in the 80's, the ivory head and hands of Our Lady of Assumption of Maragondon church in Cavite are still missing.

Monday, September 17, 2012

"A Venerated Shrine, or Chapel, in Cavite."

I wonder where this beautiful chapel originally stood.