Family tradition

Elsie Necesito of Labungan in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao has made it a ritual every year since 1997 to set up a makeshift stall outside the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cotabato City to make and sell Palaspas (palm fronds shaped into crosses and other designs) for the traditional Palm Sunday ritual marking the start of Holy Week. Necesito comes here the Saturday before Palm Sunday, like her mother did, and her four daughters (L) will likely continue doing.They sell the palaspas at 10 pesos each. MindaNews photo by CAROLYN O. ARGUILLAS