Sunday, August 7, 2011
Paco Park, Manila
St. Pancratius Chapel - a Sunday mass is in session.
The deceased were entombed in the old burial vaults (left).
More burial vaults are in courtyards behind the chapel.
I spent 5 hours this past Sunday sketching in Paco Park, a park of circular stone walls surrounding the St. Pancratius Chapel and Cemetery in the Paco District of Central Manila. Paco is a small neat park with a quiet ambience - a good location to sit and sketch the unique, moss-covered chapel and grounds. The thick stone walls still contain many old burial vaults, where the bodies of parishioners and priests were once entombed. As I drew, a number of families and groups walked by, taking pictures of the chapel, and relaxing in this quiet haven from noisy Manila, just beyond the walls.