During the Holy Week of 2010, I thought of going around Cavite to take pictures of its churches using my point and shoot digicam. The idea was so uplifting, perhaps because of the spirit of the season, that I immediately checked the internet for possible churches that I can visit.
I was overwhelmed by the vast number of churches, so I picked the ones that have the richest history behind them. After listing down the churches that I found interesting, I checked the map of Cavite and planned my itinerary.
Next was to plan on how to get to these churches. Should I commute, or should I bring my car? During those days, the country was going through extremely hot temperatures so the car seemed to be the more convenient choice. Commuting, however, seemed more practical. Then again, I was afraid that I might faint under the heat and who knows what will happen to this 43-year old lady in the middle of nowhere?
In other words, my plan never saw daylight. But as we Christians were raised to believe, everything happens for a reason. For later that same year, I saw a post on Facebook announcing a photography workshop. It was temptingly low-priced at P1000 for a basic photography whole-day session. The better news was, it was in Imus. So I signed up and became one of the pioneers of what is now the Diocese of Imus Camera Club (DICC) headed by our mentor, professional photographer Gabriel Villarama.
Taking that workshop and joining the DICC turned out to be serendipitous indeed because it is with the DICC that my desire to take photographs of Cavite’s churches materialized. It also gave me a good reason to finally buy a DSLR that I have long wanted.
I began to realize how huge Cavite is as a province as we traversed Naic, Maragondon, Ternate, and Magallanes. Cavite has much more historically rich churches than I thought, and I’m glad I had the company of fun, down-to-earth photography enthusiasts like me. I hope to take photos of as many churches as I possibly can, for as long as I can. God is great!