These arcs are usually seen as street decorations along with the buntings and banners in fiestas and other events in the northern parts of the Philippines. I initially thought that it was made of wood or plant leaves or stems as were commonly used in other parts of the Phillipines.
However, at closer look they were made of bamboo stalks. The designs were intricate and finely detailed. It was always amazing to see. This craftmanship is slowly dying as arcs are now made easily with readily made materials like wood, cement, steel and paper. I can only hope that this can be passed on to the next generations.
The photos were taken at the grounds of the Provincial Government of Bulacan, Luzon, Philippines.
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