In Spanish, the term means “bunch” or “cluster”. A ramillete de flores means “bouquet of flowers”.
In the Philippines, a ramillete has been associated with a type of ornamentation found in old Catholic altars flanking sacred images or ecclesiastical objects. These ornaments replicate flowers and are sometimes topped with candlestick holders.
Regalado Trota Jose, the author of Simbahan (National Book Award 1992), describes these altar ramilletes as “stylized bouquets in relief”. Ramilletes are usually made of wood, painted or with repoussé metalwork where a sheet of metal is hammered into relief.
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