In Photos: Holy Week Rituals in the Philippines

Reenactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday

Here are some of the Holy Week photos of Filipino Penitents around the Philippines

Holy Week (Semana Santa in Spanish and Mahal na Araw in Filipino) is widely observed by Roman Catholic and Protestant groups in the Philippines. Beginning Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, the majority of Filipinos are showing their devotion by doing religious rites and rituals for the yearly commemoration of Jesus Christ’s Death and Resurrection.

Filipino flagellants, whose number is rising every year, do a bloody form of mortification of their sun-tanned flesh by whipping it with various instruments as shown in the photo taken on Good Friday (April 3, 2015) at Barangay Pedro Cutud, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. (PNA photo by Oliver Marquez)

Roman Catholic Devotees flock at the Cathedral of Manila during the Mass and Traditional Washing of the Feet
Roman Catholic Devotees flock at the Cathedral of Manila during the Mass and Traditional Washing of the Feet

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminds Filipino Catholics to return to delivering service to their fellowmen out of love during the Mass and Traditional Washing of the Feet at the Manila Cathedral on Maundy Thursday (April 2, 2015). Tagle washed and kissed the feet of 12 laymen, including a church minister, a devotee of the Black Nazarene and a person with a disability. (PNA photos by Avito C. Dalan)

Reenactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday
Reenactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday

As a reenactment of Jesus Christ’s suffering and death, 54-yeard-old Ruben Enaje (center) had himself nailed on the cross at 3 p.m. on Good Friday (April 3, 2015) in Barangay San Pedro Cutud, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. It was the 29th year for Enaje to do the penitential ritual in fulfillment of avow in exchange for granted favors from Divine Providence. (PNA photo by Oliver Marquez)

Devotees light candles during 'Visita Iglesia' on Maundy Thursday (San Agustin Church Intramuros)
Devotees light candles during ‘Visita Iglesia’ on Maundy Thursday (San Agustin Church Intramuros)
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Devotees light candles during their “Visita Iglesia” on Maundy Thursday (April 2, 2015) at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

Joaquin Bordado and other devotees carry the cross on Good Friday, which they have done for 24 years. The photo was taken in Malibay, Pasay City on April 3,2015. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle kisses feet of devotees
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle kisses feet of devotees

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminds Filipino Catholics to return to delivering service to their fellowmen out of love during the Mass and Traditional Washing of the Feet at the Manila Cathedral on Maundy Thursday (April 2, 2015). Tagle washed and kissed the feet of 12 laymen, including a church minister, a devotee of the Black Nazarene and a person with a disability. (PNA photos by Avito C. Dalan)

Devotees sacrifice the difficulties on their “panata” devotion on Good Friday, April 3,2015 in Barangays Maricaban and Malibay, Pasay City (PNA photos by Avito C. Dalan)

Hundreds of devotees made their “panata” devotion in a bloody ritual on Good Friday, April 3,2015 in Barangays Maricaban and Malibay, Pasay City (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

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