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  • Bustos, Bulacan celebrates Santo Niño with joyful feast
    Posted: November 16, 2017 - 3:59pm

    A festive procession followed by high Mass celebrate the Santo Niño, the child Jesus, in Bustos, Bulacan on the third Sunday of January. Though not as large as the celebrations in Cebu and Malolos, the joyful feast in Bustos is important to local residents.

  • Tig Sinulog: Dancing and praying to Santo Niño in the Philippines
    Posted: November 16, 2017 - 1:38pm

    Outside the basilica year-round, tig sinulog women in yellow blouses and red skirts sell candles and pray to the Santo Niño on behalf of others, taking on the roles of “the spirit medium, the benign counselor, the friend, the grandmother, the servant, the withdrawn laborer.”

  • Feast for Santo Niño and Sinulog is Cebu's biggest event
    Posted: November 15, 2017 - 2:34pm

    Every January in the central Philippines city of Cebu, 1.5 to 3 million people gather for a series of Masses, parades, water and land processions, beauty contests, street dances and concerts, fireworks and other events that celebrate the feast of the Santo Niño — the Holy Child — of Cebu. Drawing visitors from throughout the region, the city doubles in size for the celebration, which is the biggest event of the year in Cebu.

  • Semana Santa processions a 500-year tradition in Ronda, Spain
    Posted: August 9, 2017 - 12:42pm

    Ronda, an ancient striking hilltop city of just under 35,000 people in Andalucia, in the south of Spain, has its own tradition of Holy Week processions marking the Passion of Jesus, dating back to the mid-16th century, less than 100 years after the city was recaptured from Muslim control.

  • Beyond Holy Week processions, confraternities offer year-round fellowship in Spain
    Posted: August 8, 2017 - 4:00pm

    Confraternities are extraordinarily important in the life of the Church in Seville. There are nearly 600 canonically recognized confraternities and brotherhoods in the Diocese of Seville. Seventy-three of these are Penitential confraternities that process in the city of Seville during Holy Week, or in the days before it.

  • Marches and saetas are integral musical forms to Spain's Holy Week processions
    Posted: August 4, 2017 - 4:22pm

    Two forms of music, marches and saetas — musical forms that are not, in other parts of the world, readily associated with Catholic religious music —  are integral parts of Semana Santa processions in Seville.

  • Seville's Holy Week processions exaggerate gender roles
    Posted: August 4, 2017 - 10:18am

    Holy Week processions in Seville show a quite explicitly gendered form of religiosity, one that repeatedly allows for displays of masculinity even in a society that has become much more egalitarian, and in confraternities that today are open to men and women.

  • Seville's streets flooded with 60 processions throughout Holy Week
    Posted: July 31, 2017 - 4:20pm

    Semana Santa processions are unparalleled in Seville, where 60 official processions traverse the center city throughout Holy Week from afternoon deep into the night.

  • Spain's Holy Week processions engage masses
    Posted: July 31, 2017 - 3:18pm

    In many cities in Spain, and elsewhere in the Iberian-influenced world, Semana Santa — Holy Week — is marked by major public processions that recount and ritualize the events of the Passion, providing a visual catechism and giving the masses a chance to participate in the story.

  • Faith and family hand in hand, divorce illegal in the Philippines
    Posted: June 5, 2017 - 11:57am

    Filipinos participate in religious events as families, often as extended families. More often than not, the family is the unit of analysis.


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