[Vigan] ► Palm Sunday Trade: Buying 'Palaspas' on a Holy Week via Drive-Thru

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"Around 50 weavers were situated along Liberation Boulevard waiting for cars and motorcycles to drop by along the street  and purchase directly from the vendors without going out their vehicles."

No, I am not referring to a fastfood that allows you to purchase your favorite burger and fries via drive-thru like McDonald's or Jollibee because in my walk along the streets of Vigan during the pre-Palm Sunday period, I just discovered some interesting activities and one of them is "buying a palaspas via drive-thru."

A car stops along the way to purchase palaspas

Palaspas is a woven stuff that is used by Roman Catholic devotees during Palm Sunday. It has been a tradition in the Philippines and the origin is rooted from a story in the Bible where Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem and the believers used palm leaves to grace the arrival of Christ.

In Vigan, palaspas-making is a vibrant business because the demand for palaspas goes extremely high every Palm Sunday since it only comes once in a year and these weavers take this opportunity to earn.

Palaspas vendor-weavers waiting for vehicles to drop by and buy
In front of Simbaan a Bassit in Vigan - where the Palaspas Trade takes place

Around 50 weavers were situated along Liberation Boulevard waiting for cars and motorcycles to drop by along the street  and purchase directly from the vendors without going out their vehicles.

This is indeed a very convenient way to buy palaspas because the palaspas traders are readily available to assist every customer in drive-thru.

Of course like any other shopping stalls and fastfoods, walk-in buyers are very much welcome too!

comment 6 #TownFolks Commented :

ThePinayWanderer on April 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM said...

Parang fastfood lang ang palaspas eh noh, hehe.

It's the same situation here in Manila, you can buy 'palaspas' along the way to the church, di na kelangan bumaba ng sasakyan. This year though, medyo unti lang nagtinda ng palaspas, at least sa church we frequented, siguro dahil anticipated mass kami at dahil na rin siguro medyo maulan, last year kase eh dayo lang yun nagtinda ng palaspas, galing pa Laguna at Quezon. :)

Edmaration etc on April 2, 2012 at 6:01 PM said...

Ang layo naman pinanggalingan nila.. Well, ayun lang, parang ang saya lang i-blog and drive-thru kasi natutuwa ako hehe...

winter on April 3, 2012 at 1:49 AM said...

Its interesting how sellers have to continuously make way to sell... but It is sad that they have to wait there under the sun for hours to make money.

Edmaration etc on April 3, 2012 at 2:45 AM said...

Winter, yes, it is the only way. In fact, it even rained during the night prompting them to change their location because they stayed here overnight until the next morning.

Bonzenti on April 5, 2012 at 6:42 PM said...

Ang daming na line up na palaspas vendors edmar. Na notice ko pala, bihira ang simbahan na pag kinunan natin ng photos, walang wire na nakalambitin.:-(. Maganda sana ang mga simbahan natin.:-).

Edmaration etc on April 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM said...

Sir Bonz, oo nga, sana mabigyan nila ng solution...

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