IN PHOTOS: Hinuklog: The Passion of Christ in Mindanao
MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Philippines — For 6 consecutive years, from Maundy Thursday to Good Friday, residents from the municipality of Medina troop the streets to perform the reenactment of the Passion of Christ.
Hinuklog was Pasyon ni Kristo (Passion of Christ) in the 1970s. Due to lack of funds, the annual tradition was put on hold until 2011, when it was revived through a grant from the National Commission of the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in collaboration with local government institutions, the church, and private businesses.
Local artists created the Lumadnong Magdudula sa Medina (Lumagmed) which is responsible for the annual stage play – from script writing to technical preparations. Lumagmed recruits its members from the community that undergo training from the NCCA.
Hinuklog aimed to deepen the faith and devotion of Medina residents. Pilgrims, together with local and foreign tourists, flock to Medina every Lent, making Hinuklog a major religious event in Mindanao.