Lenten Rites In Pampanga

A spectacle is played out with sinners sacrificing themselves by re-enacting the suffering of Christ.

During Good Friday, a spectacle is played out in various barangays in Pampanga and even further up in the Campangpangan speaking towns of Tarlac with sinners – mostly male – sacrificing themselves for the community by being literally crucified in a re-enactment of Christ suffering. Hordes of local and foreign tourists, including budding photographers, descend and are drawn on these sites.

The Catholic Church occasional frowns on such practices, but for the most part of it remains content to have the town folks go on with this gory devotion perhaps to assure itself that the Philippines is the only predominantly Catholic nation in Asia stays that way for a long time to come.



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