Friday, April 29, 2011
Holy week (Semana Santa in Spanish) is a significant religious festival in the Philippines. Good Friday or Biyernes Santo of the holy week is commemorated with street processions. People flock the streets to witness the senakulo, the reenactment that depicted events related to the sufferings and death of Christ and the processions of the devotees who self-flagellate as fulfillment of a vow, appeal for forgiveness or thanksgiving for a granted request. Some performed penitensiya, an act in which a person lashes himself with a wooden or metal whip, others carried a heavy cross and some depicted Jesus himself while people kicked, dragged and hit him.
It was my first time to stand amongst the crowd and watch the procession. I was really moved by the dedication of those who were a part of it. As a daughter of God, there is one thing I wish: that we see the true meaning of repentance and that we learn that sacrifice does not begin and end only during the holy week.
Photos taken in Castillejos, Zambales.