Sunday

Certain activities happen only or mainly on Sundays. These happenings activate space for one day, a pop-up culture without the hype.  We often think of spaces having different uses at different times of day, but not necessarily different days of the week. When planning in the Philippines, I think we need to consider what people do on Sundays and how this could influence design. 

 

 On a Sunday along the train tracks in Navotas, men congregate from surrounding neighborhoods for an informal cockfight, locally called tupada. 

On a Sunday along the train tracks in Navotas, men congregate from surrounding neighborhoods for an informal cockfight, locally called tupada. 

 As I biked by, I saw activity halfway down the track and decided to see what was going on. Asking along the way, people told me it was a tupada, or cockfight. Naturally, I decided to walk the 10 minutes down the tracks to check it out up close. 

As I biked by, I saw activity halfway down the track and decided to see what was going on. Asking along the way, people told me it was a tupada, or cockfight. Naturally, I decided to walk the 10 minutes down the tracks to check it out up close. 

 Often tupadas are just a couple of guys and their birds in an alley or the middle of the street. Here, there is a makeshift arena with corrugated iron sheets and a few bamboo poles. Wooden benches become perches for bystanders. 

Often tupadas are just a couple of guys and their birds in an alley or the middle of the street. Here, there is a makeshift arena with corrugated iron sheets and a few bamboo poles. Wooden benches become perches for bystanders. 

 The men hoist me up and over the iron sheets into the pit. Someone else offers me his place on a piece of under a tree. 

The men hoist me up and over the iron sheets into the pit. Someone else offers me his place on a piece of under a tree. 

 As the birds fight the crowd pushes further and further in and I'm almost knocked off my stand by the pressure of dozens of men straining for a view of the final moment. 

As the birds fight the crowd pushes further and further in and I'm almost knocked off my stand by the pressure of dozens of men straining for a view of the final moment. 

 This guy wins, but not everyone is as happy. 

This guy wins, but not everyone is as happy. 

 On this street in Navotas, a tent is erected every Sunday to shade a statue of Nazarene so people can worship it in the street. 

On this street in Navotas, a tent is erected every Sunday to shade a statue of Nazarene so people can worship it in the street. 

 At the side of one of the basketballs courts on Bangus St, Navotas, a tent is erected to host a baptism. As I travel around on Sunday, I notice tent are a popular business. People rent tents for special events likely because their homes are too small to accommodate guests, but possibly because they are also public events. 

At the side of one of the basketballs courts on Bangus St, Navotas, a tent is erected to host a baptism. As I travel around on Sunday, I notice tent are a popular business. People rent tents for special events likely because their homes are too small to accommodate guests, but possibly because they are also public events. 

 I was invited inside and offered food from the buffet and a chance to sing karaoke with guests for this baby's baptism celebration. 

I was invited inside and offered food from the buffet and a chance to sing karaoke with guests for this baby's baptism celebration. 

 On both sides of the Navotas River the riverfront easement is wide and ideal for biking. Biking from the C-4 bridge to the Estrella bridge (where you can cross into Malabon) on the Navotas side I came across other tented events. 

On both sides of the Navotas River the riverfront easement is wide and ideal for biking. Biking from the C-4 bridge to the Estrella bridge (where you can cross into Malabon) on the Navotas side I came across other tented events. 

 A wake in the Philippines lasts several days; families keep the spirit company until it passes to the afterlife. Here the wake is held along the river. 

A wake in the Philippines lasts several days; families keep the spirit company until it passes to the afterlife. Here the wake is held along the river. 

 Another tent is installed by the basketball court a few meters from the wake. 

Another tent is installed by the basketball court a few meters from the wake. 

 It's the birthday party of this girl. 

It's the birthday party of this girl. 

 Here's her grandmother, godmother, and cousin bringing food and dishes to and from their house nearby. 

Here's her grandmother, godmother, and cousin bringing food and dishes to and from their house nearby.