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Holy Week in the Philippines

Holy Week starts from Holy Monday to Easter Sunday. In the Philippines, this event is widely celebrated by most of the people because of the religion which is Roman Catholic.

As for travelers and adventurers, the Holy Week is a good week to enjoy the travel with the touch of the religion (as a Christian). In the Philippines, various events and cultural activities will be held on this precious week. Mostly of the activities will start off at Maundy Thursday until Easter Sunday.

From Maundy Thursday, various events will most likely happen in the Church or the Municipality. There will be various skit, plays and story telling that is most commonly known as “Senakulo” (Passion Plays). The play depicts the life of Jesus the Christ together with His disciples until He died and rose after three days. This culture has been widely known in order to educate everyone about Jesus’ life.
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By the morning of the Good Friday, there are lots of citizens (mostly male) that will do the “Penetensya”. It is an act where devotees will ‘punish’ themselves until they reach the church and return to their starting point. The most commonly done is to whip their backs until it bleeds, walk along the highway and go to the church for a short prayer. Some devotees will carry a big cross and tries to experience how Jesus has suffered before. There are also other men that will put themselves in a cross, being tied….or nailed right through their palms.


After 3PM of Good Friday, most of the festivities and events will take a short brake. On the evening  procession will most likely to be held by the church showing lots of saints accompanied by prayers.


During Saturdays in order to mourn for Jesus’ death the events will decrease and everyone will just prepare for a big celebration that will happen on the next day.

On the Easter Sunday, most Filipinos will go to beach and resorts in order to have fun and celebrate the rise of Jesus from His tomb. You can expect a large amount of crowd in beach areas. This also adds the probability of heavy traffic! We encountered two accidents at those times that hindered everyone’s path.

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