With his saturnine disposition and
eyes, Bob Velez has
features that scream
Ruben Enaje, his near neighbour in the
Filipino barrio of San Pedro Cutud,
meanwhile, has the quiet grace of the
divine: a long, wavy mane shrouding a
mouth that projects words that veer
between softly spoken and inaudible.
Completing the trio is Victor Caparas, a
notorious local tearaway, whose unkempt
beard, muted manner and troubled,
thousand-yard stare give him an aura that
is part beatific, part Charlie Manson.
There may be only one God in
Christianity, but in this part of the
Philippines, there’s no shortage of candidates for the role of Jesus Christ.