Holy Week 2009

Posted: August 11, 2012 in Blog, Travel
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Holy Week in The Philippines
(how I spent my holy week)

Lent in Christian Tradition, is the period of liturgical year leading up to Easter…

The Traditional purpose of lent is the preparation of the believer – through prayer, penitence, alms giving and self-denial – for the annual commemoration during holy week of the death and resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Most Filipinos in the Cities pack their bags leaving the bustling urban areas and head for the beaches but in a country like the Philippines that highly values religious traditions, Holy Week is celebrated in total Solemnity.

Both Christians and Superstitious traditions mix in remembering the passion and death of Jesus Christ. There is precession of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo Manila, The Moriones Festival in Marinduque, The Famous Lenten Celebration “Pagtaltal sa Jordan” in Guimaras Island, and the re-enactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus in Cutud San Fernando, where men actually nail themselves to the cross.

San Pedro, Cutud is a town in Pampanga approximately 70 kilometers north of Manila. It is known for the annual re-enactments of the Crucifixion of Jesus. Each Holy Week thousands of penitents arrive in the area to watch and take part in a pageant commemorating the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, including the Good Friday flagellation and crucifixion rituals. A small number of participants choose to have their hands and feet temporarily nailed to makeshift crosses as a sign of faith and repentance.

The group PHOTOKALYE of Flickr was scheduled to witness this annual event and arrived Cutud, San Fernando around 6:00am and was told that there are people starting to flagellate around the streets, so we walk around and took some pictures.

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We transferred to Santa Lucia where the event would start much earlier that that in Cutud, good thing that there is a covered court beside the site and with a heat of the sun bearing down this is a relief. The event started past 11:00am and was done past 12:00nn.

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After the event we were told of a short-cut going back to Cutud which was much shorted that going the other way (about 1 kilometer they say) but when we started walking and the searing sun above us we felt that it was really a long way good thing there were others who ere good enough to give us a ride. Upon reaching Cutud, there were lots of people including foreigner and there was no good spot to take pictures.

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By 3:00 pm we were all tired from the heat and headed back to manila and when I reached home soaked my clothes because not only of the sweat and dust but also the blood when we took pictures of the flagellation.

Saturday would be a rest day for me but was ask if I would like to go to Lipa and go the Mt. Maculot… and said yes to by 10:00am we were on the bus headed for Batangas. At Lipa, we went around SM Lipa so cool of from the heat then rested a bit. We heard the anticipated mass at 8:00pm at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church for the Salubong, then went to the night market and buy something to munch on and at past 12:00mn was asleep.

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Sunday was the day we will climb up Mt. Maculot, woke up at around 5:30am and by 6:30am we were on our way to Cuenca, Batangas and past 7:00am we started walking up Mt. Maculot.

Mt. Maculot has always been a favorite among mountaineers and trekkers alike. The name of the place was derived from “kulot,” meaning kinky, in reference the kinky hair of the people who lived in the mountains. it has a height of 685 MASL and requires a half day to climb and a difficulty 2/9 (Trail class 1-3) and it is a place where worshipers go to on holy week because of its Stations of the Cross and a Groto atop the mountain.

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Upon reaching the top you could witness the magnificent view of Batangas and by 9:00am we headed back down then headed to the hotel and rested from the climb then at around 2:00pm headed back to Manila

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