Pagsanjan / Cavinti / Luisiana, Laguna, the Philippines
March 27, 2010
An alien in your own land – that was how I had always felt being non-Catholic in a predominantly Catholic country. The Philippines, erstwhile colony of Spain and the only Christian (specifically, Catholic) country in Asia, was culturally closer to Latin America than our neighbors. But I was raised a Baptist. I grew up insulated from the rituals and superstitions of the Catholic faith. I had never subscribed to many Filipino traditions because they were Catholic traditions; my being a non-traditional Filipino was not iconoclastic but doctrinal.