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  • Good Friday crucifixions at San Pedro Cutud, Pampanga a tourist attraction
    Posted: April 10, 2017 - 3:36pm

    San Pedro Cutud, a barangay in San Fernando City, Pampanga province, has become infamous as a site of a senakulo that aims to more fully replicate the bloodiest and most violent aspects of Jesus’ Passion. The rites, known as Maleldo, are not endorsed by the church, but do have local popular and political support, notably from the tourist bureau.  

  • Bustos, Bulacan: Statues brought out for Holy Wednesday, Good Friday Friday processions
    Posted: April 10, 2017 - 3:21pm

    In Bustos, Bulacan, north of Manila, Holy Wednesday and Good Friday are marked with significant processions. Many members of the community are owners and custodians of large caros, holy statues that are processed on a carozza in the procession.

  • Pahalik: Good Friday faithful kiss statue of Christ's dead body in Philippines
    Posted: April 10, 2017 - 8:29am

    On Good Friday, Catholic churches nationwide provide an opportunity for Pahalik, kissing a statue of the dead body of Christ in front of the altar.

  • Reenactments of crucifixion mark Good Friday at Kapitangan, Bulacan
    Posted: April 7, 2017 - 2:14pm

    Kapitangan, a barangay in Paombong, Bulacan province, is known in the Philippines as the site of one of the bloodiest public reenactments of the Passion during Holy Week, particularly on Good Friday.

  • Visita Iglesia: Filipino Catholics vow to visit seven churches during Holy Week
    Posted: April 7, 2017 - 1:27pm

    A Visita Iglesia — visiting at least seven different churches on Holy Thursday and Good Friday — is one of the most popular Holy Week ho, or sacred vows, that Filipino Catholics make.

  • Unaccompanied sung chant is integral to Melkite liturgy
    Posted: April 5, 2017 - 12:32pm

    Until we are able to develop a section on music of the Melkite tradition as merited, a broad sampling of Greek Melkite liturgical music with English and Arabic lyrics can at least be sampled here.

  • Angono Rizal, Philippines, hosts major Holy Week processions
    Posted: April 5, 2017 - 9:27am

    On Holy Monday, more than 40 life-size statues — Jesus carrying the Cross, a mournful Mama Mary and other persons related to Jesus’ Passion — are processed on decorative carriages through the streets of Angono Rizal.

  • Senakulo: Holy Week street plays in the Philippines reenact Jesus' life, Passion
    Posted: April 4, 2017 - 3:15pm

    During Holy Week, a Senakulo — a stage or street play about the life and Passion of Jesus — takes place in many communities, especially in Bulacan, Rizal and Pampanga provinces. An outdoor Senakulo often parades a figure of Jesus carrying the Cross through the streets, and emphasizes the violence and brutality of Jesus’ persecutors.

  • Pabása ng Pasyón: Chanting the Passion for Holy Week in the Philippines
    Posted: March 31, 2017 - 2:34pm

    The recitation or chanting of the Passion story of Jesus – the Pabása ng Pasyón – is one of the oldest Holy Week traditions in the Philippines. Today Pabása is prayed over a 24-hour period in the first few days of Holy Week, in front of an altar decorated with flowers, candles, lights and an image of Jesus Christ.  

  • Holy Week, Easter take on penitential tone in the Philippines
    Posted: March 31, 2017 - 10:21am

    During Holy Week, Filipino devotional culture takes on an especially penitential tone, in ways that particularly reflect its Spanish colonial heritage, and even its pre-Christian heritage, but have continued to evolve over the years. Filipinos who tend not to be fully observant liturgically the rest of the year see it as very important to participate in liturgies and devotions this week.

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