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Maynilad water service interruptions set for Holy Week 2019

Apr 11, 2019 - 3:05 PM

West Zone concessionaire Maynilad says it will conduct network upgrades. Check the list of affected areas and their water service interruption schedules here.

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos mark Easter 2018 with 'Salubong'

Apr 01, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Filipinos traditionally observe the Salubong through a dawn procession that ends in front of the church, with the statues of Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter

The week in photos: March 24-30, 2018

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:44 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Catholic faithful carry the image of the "Jesus of the Great Power" during a procession on Holy Week, at La Merced church in Granada, some 48 kilometres from Managua, on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / INTI OCON

Why? Why? Why?

Mar 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Lord, do you not care? Why are you not doing anything to help us? Why are you not saying anything if only to assure us? Why are you not doing anything to stop the killings and the stealing and the vulgarity?

Vigan’s Semana Santa: Between now and 130 years ago

Mar 29, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The Vigan Conservation Complex has a booth for ‘pasyon’ sing-along, except it’s open only on request. Still, the city continues with its century-old Holy Week traditions.

Holy Week exodus: Commuters line up for hours in terminals

Mar 29, 2018 - 8:10 AM

The rush to go to the provinces results in up to 3 hours of waiting in bus terminals

MASS EXODUS. The line for a JAC Liner bus going to Lucban town in Quezon has spilled over to Mapagmahal Street in Quezon City. All photos by Aika Rey/Rappler

Holy Week practices in the Philippines

Mar 28, 2018 - 6:54 PM

From crucifixion rites to the Easter egg hunt adopted from Western countries, the Catholic faithful in the Philippines observe practices and traditions in observing Holy Week

Holy Week reflections: The path of nonviolence

Mar 27, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Let us never allow ourselves to be motivated by anger or hatred, resentment, revenge, or the instinct to retaliate or return evil for evil

The purpose of Holy Week processions

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Every year thousands of Filipinos mark Holy Week by marching in the processions

12 JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS. That we may not give up, rather have stronger faith in Jesus in the times of great burdens. Photo courtesy of Legazpi City Facebook Page.

Is it wrong to be happy this Holy Week?

Mar 26, 2018 - 6:57 PM

Be happy this week. Resist that gloomy sad face. That does not lead to holiness.

The grand carriages of Baliuag: Pomp and pageantry in piety

Mar 26, 2018 - 1:25 PM

In the town of Baliuag in Bulacan, Good Friday is more festive than Christmas

Holy Week 2018: Passion for stewardship

Mar 25, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Are you still a Christian with firm convictions, or have we become so deeply compromised that we are no longer sure on which we stand?

Should you blindly follow those Holy Week traditions?

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Can we go to the beach during Holy Week? If it will help you love like Jesus, yes, you can. But if it will distract you from the story of His love, please don't.

IN PHOTOS: Palaspas makers prepare for Palm Sunday

Mar 24, 2018 - 4:29 PM

In different parts of the country, some people can be seen near churches, busy adorning palm fronds ahead of Palm Sunday

ALL THE WAY FROM QUEZON. Palaspas makers from Quezon work on their creations in front of Sto Domingo Church in Quezon City ahead of Palm Sunday. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'No specific threat' during Holy Week but security measures in place

Mar 24, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Malacañang says there are additional deployments in places of convergence such as transport terminals, churches, malls, and other public recreation areas

PASSENGERS. Metro Manila residents flocked Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Quezon City, patiently waiting for a bus ride to the provinces. File Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Holy Week superstitions in the Philippines

Mar 23, 2018 - 8:24 PM

What's the difference between getting wet on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday? The Holy Week observance in the Philippines has combined the religious faith with folk and even pagan beliefs.

Virtual Visita Iglesia: Philippine churches in 360-degree video

Mar 23, 2018 - 7:41 PM

To navigate on mobile and see each church in 360-degree view, scroll up and down or swipe left and right on the screen, while listening to and praying the Stations of the Cross

VISITA IGLESIA. Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church in Miagao, Iloilo, is one of the churches featured in Rappler's Virtual Visita Iglesia this year. Screen grab from 360-degree video by Fung Yu

IN PHOTOS: Hinuklog: The Passion of Christ in Mindanao

Mar 26, 2016 - 8:54 AM

Pilgrims together with local and foreign tourists flock to Medina every Lent to witness the Hinuklog now a major religious event in Mindanao

A soldier at the play laughs on Jesus Christ, as he punish Christ in the play.

Overview: Holy Week traditions in the Philippines

Mar 22, 2016 - 4:29 PM

From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday here s how the Catholic faithful in the Philippines observe the Holy Week

Easter after crucifixion for San Juan’s ‘savior’

Apr 05, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Barangay San Juan s Wilfredo Salvador is crucified for the 9th time Easter means a better life for him and his family

AGONY IN THE GARDEN. He may not have the marks of Jesus on his hands and feet, but Wilfredo has had his share of life’s sufferings.

These 7 beautiful pilgrimage sites are just a few hours from Metro Manila

Mar 29, 2015 - 9:56 PM

Whether you'd like to pray, reflect, or just take in the beauty of the surroundings, these locations may be for you

San Pedro Cutud: Via Crucis

Apr 19, 2014 - 6:59 PM

The Good Friday rites at San Pedro Cutud culminate with the most brutal re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

San Pedro Cutud: Bernardo, the aspiring Kristo

Apr 19, 2014 - 11:03 AM

Meet Bernardo, a 40 year-old construction worker who has been participating in the bloody Lenten rites for almost half of his life

Bernardo, 40, construction worker, flagellant of 18 years, and aspiring Kristo.

San Pedro Cutud: The bloody pilgrimages

Apr 19, 2014 - 11:01 AM

In Pampanga, Lenten atonement takes a bloody turn – year after year

Every year, devotees flock to San Pedro Cutud to witness a group of flagellants whip themselves to a bloody pulp. Photo by Marga Deona

Makati announces Holy Week traffic rerouting

Apr 12, 2014 - 4:40 PM

Motorists using JP Rizal to get from Manila to Guadalupe EDSA or vice versa will be affected on April 16 Holy Wednesday and April 18 Good Friday