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Day Three: And The Bats Come Out Again To Feast

Posted in 5D-II, Free Ai Weiwei by Knutsvik on July 24, 2011

Saturday, 23rd July 2011. Dumaguete, The Philippines.

even here, where cows and goats roam freely along the poorly paved highway, where the hotel front desk proudly advertises cockfighting tours on sundays, even here the news of the twin attacks reach us by phone before bedtime on friday, and we spend several hours in front of CNN in the darkest hours of the filipino night.

the Bacong parish church is located just outside Dumaguete city. the catholic parish is poor and the church is in need of repairs. it looks like a church from an old spagetti western. swallows swarm under the dome when the organ plays, and in his speech the priest makes a point of all God’s birds being assembled under the roof of his cathedral. during the exchange of wows a dog runs down one of the side naves. the heat and the humidity are almost unbearable.

afterwards, at the beach front reception, the bride introduces our boss and me to one of her guests, telling him that we are like the father and the big brother of the restaurant back home in Bergen. we hug her and tell her how much we’ve enjoyed coming to The Philippines to celebrate her wedding.

the night closes around us, and the bats come out again to feast under the spotlights.


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  1. MT said, on July 31, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Eit utruleg vakkert bilde og tekst til,symbolsk for meg,lyset-mørket,gleda-sorga,kontaster i kultur-nærheit i relasjonar.

    • Knutsvik said, on August 1, 2011 at 7:13 PM

      ay, Marie, eg er svært fornøyd med biletet sjølv og. eg visste korleis eg ville ha det, men brura sto (sjølvsagt) ikkje i ro så eg måtte forsøke fleire ganger før eg var nøgd 😀


      og det _var_ ein kveld med lys og mørkre, glede og sorg … og store kontrastar, MT. det var det eg forsøkte å formidla …..

      *klem og besos på deg*

  2. […] as the sun fades Jimmy Cliff sings “Many Rivers To Cross” on the pool bar stereo. it’s a great song, and the barstaff keeps the volume comfortably low. it’s already a year since I last heard that song, at a dive resort somewhere outside Dumaguete. […]

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