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Filipinos celebrate Easter with crucifixion, flogging

Mar 30, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Though frowned upon by the Church, the gruesome reenactments of Christ's final moments draw thousands of believers and tourists in a carnival-like atmosphere that is big business for locals

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

IN PHOTOS: Crucifixions in San Pedro Cutud

Apr 14, 2017 - 8:11 PM

The tradition of voluntary crucifixions and self flagellation in Pampanga continues to draw devotees and fascinate spectators

TRADITION. Ruben Enaje (center), 57, is nailed to the cross for the 31st time in Barangay San Pedro Cutud. Photo by Darren Langit

Philippine crucifixions a big money spinner

Mar 27, 2016 - 1:28 PM

A bishop says the Church discourages extreme forms of piety that fascinate many of the country s more than 80 million Catholics

CRUCIFIXION. A Filipino Roman Catholic devotee is nailed to a cross by others wearing period Roman-style military dress in a re-enactment of the Crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday ahead of Easter in the village of San Pedro Cutud, north of Manila. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Philippines marks Good Friday with crucifixions

Mar 25, 2016 - 12:29 PM

UPDATED The Church discourages these extreme acts because Jesus Christ had already undergone that for all of us There is no need to repeat it a Catholic priest says

20TH YEAR. Alex Daranang, a street vendor from Brgy. San Pedro Cutud in San Fernando, Pampanga is nailed to the cross on the eve of his 60th birthday. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Witnessing the crucifixion: A Fil-Am's Good Friday

Apr 04, 2015 - 5:53 PM

It turns out my Catholic American experience is mild and typical compared to my first Good Friday in the Philippines

DEVOTION. Many of the flagellants have tattoos devoted to Christ. Some of the participants have been to jail and commit self-flagellants to repent for their sins.

The devotion of Ben Kristo

Apr 04, 2015 - 2:05 PM

Ruben Enaje known as Ben Kristo due to his plum role in his city s Senakulo is planning to retire after 29 consecutive years of crucifixion

IN PHOTOS: The Moriones festival of Marinduque

Apr 03, 2015 - 7:35 PM

Morions roam the streets of Marinduque during Holy Week where they participate in different events even scaring kids with their masks and costumes

PASSION OF CHRIST. Scenes from the Via Crusis are re-enacted in the streets of Boac town, Marinduque on Good friday. All photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH carries out bloody Good Friday 'crucifixions'

Apr 03, 2015 - 2:01 PM

UPDATED The annual ritual in scorching hot farmlands outside of Manila is one of many colourful outpourings of faith in the country

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

Philippines' Easter crucifixions draw huge crowds

Apr 18, 2014 - 12:15 PM

The ritual held every year to mark Good Friday in Asia s bastion of Catholicism has become a major tourist draw despite official disapproval from Church leaders

The practice of crucifixion

Apr 18, 2014 - 9:29 AM

With the remembrance of Jesus’ Crucifixion on Good Friday let’s take a look at the cross as a brutal method of capital punishment

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IN PHOTOS: La Granja passion play

Mar 31, 2013 - 12:31 PM

La Granja an agricultural village in La Carlota joins the entire country in interpreting the Passion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday

PH marks Good Friday with mock crucifixions

Mar 29, 2013 - 2:26 PM

Filipino penitents have themselves crucified on Good Friday in a ritual discouraged by the Catholic Church

Good Friday crucifixion: Repentance or tetanus?

Mar 28, 2013 - 6:39 AM

The DOH warns against infections from Good Friday rituals discouraged by the Catholic Church

IN GOOD FAITH. A penitent has himself crucified on a cross with the belief that it would absolve him of his sins on Good Friday in Cutud, Pampanga. File Photo Rappler/John Javellana

Crucifixion in Bulacan

Apr 06, 2012 - 7:50 PM

Despite the Church s repeated exhortations that Holy Week is not about going to the beach or being nailed to the cross a woman is crucified in Paombong Bulacan

PH crucifixions still draw tourists, crowds

Apr 06, 2012 - 5:29 PM

Crucifixions are the grisliest but by no means the only extreme acts of penitence on show in the Philippines Asia s largest Catholic outpost with about 75 million followers