Today, here in the Philippines, I went to the re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Barangay Lourdes Northwest, Pampanga, Philippines. Here is what I saw. If you consider any of this not appropriate for you, then no need to go any further. I’ll just tell you what I saw, with words and pictures … the unedited photos tell the story. The whole thing was very bizarre to me.
The event is held from about 2:00pm-3:15pm. Thousands attend. It is very crowded and very hot! Normally, I avoid crowds in the Philippines, due to pickpockets. But I wanted to go so I went with empty pockets! The event is held in an open field next to a road. The road is blocked off and the events of Good Friday in Christianity are played out (i.e. the stations of the cross). In addition, at least a dozen people were bloodying their own backs with a bamboo rod with steel wire attached. There is no fake blood here, it’s all real. The person acting as Jesus Christ carries the cross, falls three times, is helped by the person playing Simon. All the time, the People playing Romans are ridiculing him. When Jesus Christ and the two others reach the hill, they are beaten by the Romans, tied to the crosses and then the crosses are raised. Then, nails are driven through their hands. They are up there for about 15 minutes, until He cries out the Siete Palabras (Seven Last Words). At this point, death is simulated. Water is sprayed for about 2 minutes from a water cannon, the Romans are on their knees. The two prisoners crosses are lowered, and Jesus is then eventually lowered as well. The nails are removed from their hands. At this point, all participants are taken to the hospital for treatment of their bloody wounds.
This country never disappoints as far as interesting things to see. Bizarre!
Photos (and Video) follow, the photos are best viewer by clicking on one then scrolling through them Excuse the fence in the foreground of some photos, I could not get any closer.
VIDEOS (warning – some are graphic!)