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IN PHOTOS: How Philippines celebrated Easter 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Asia's most predominantly Christian country celebrated the feast of Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday, April 21, through rituals such as a dawn procession called the Salubong. 

The Salubong reenacts the meeting of Christ and his mother, Mary, on the first Easter.

Hours before this, close to midnight on Holy Saturday, April 20, Catholics gathered in churches for the Easter Vigil. In this ritual that lasts around two hours, churches light their Paschal candles and renew their baptismal promises. (READ: Tagle at Easter Vigil: Be the love that triumphs over sin, death)

Here's how Philippines celebrated Easter this year.

Salubong at Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City on April 21, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Salubong at Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City on April 21, 2019.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Fireworks at EDSA Shrine in Quezon City, above the statue of Mary, Queen of Peace, during the Salubong on April 21, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Fireworks at EDSA Shrine in Quezon City, above the statue of Mary, Queen of Peace, during the Salubong on April 21, 2019.

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Easter Vigil Mass at the Manila Cathedral on April 20, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Easter Vigil Mass at the Manila Cathedral on April 20, 2019.

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle marks the Paschal Candle during the Easter Vigil Mass at the Manila Cathedral on April 20, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle marks the Paschal Candle during the Easter Vigil Mass at the Manila Cathedral on April 20, 2019.

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The Paschal candle is lit outside the Baguio Cathedral during the Easter Vigil on April 20, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

The Paschal candle is lit outside the Baguio Cathedral during the Easter Vigil on April 20, 2019.

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Families from Happyland, Tondo, spend Easter with a picnic along the docks of Manila Bay on April 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Families from Happyland, Tondo, spend Easter with a picnic along the docks of Manila Bay on April 21, 2019.

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

– Rappler.com