Monday, August 8, 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.

1 comment:

  1. Interestingly, the roof used to be octagon sided, pointing steeply. I don't know exactly when they changed it to the dome. Good job, Buz