Cross and Whip: The Bloody Ritual in Pampanga
Pampanga, Philippines (2014) - The humble village of Lourdes in Angeles City, is just one of the villages in Pampanga where penitents engaged in an extreme bloody form of ritual, which re-enacts the sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Good Friday.
 This bizarre practice has attracted both local and foreign tourists were they swarmed these villages to see this bloody religious ritual. Even street vendors did not let this tradition passed, they took the opportunity to install booths to sell food, refreshments, and even miniature whips as souvenirs.
 Penitents are locally known as “magdarame”, lashed their own backs with makeshift bamboo whips, called burilyos, while others carry a large wooden cross on their backs. Blood splattered everywhere as they continue to march the streets of the village under the scorching sun.
 Passion play was also performed, wherein an actor, portraying Christ, was dragged on the streets by men costumed as “Centurions” and eventually he was nailed on the cross on top of a man-made Cavalry in the village.
 Despite of Catholic church leaders’ rejection on this violent forms of penitence, devotees still believe and continue to practice this belief to atone their sins, ask for miracles, give thanks to their blessings from God, and just to fulfill their religious vows.
Cross and Whip: The Bloody Ritual in Pampanga
Pampanga, Philippines (2014) - The humble village of Lourdes in Angeles City, is just one of the villages in Pampanga where penitents engaged in an extreme bloody form of ritual, which re-enacts the sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Good Friday.
 This bizarre practice has attracted both local and foreign tourists were they swarmed these villages to see this bloody religious ritual. Even street vendors did not let this tradition passed, they took the opportunity to install booths to sell food, refreshments, and even miniature whips as souvenirs.
 Penitents are locally known as “magdarame”, lashed their own backs with makeshift bamboo whips, called burilyos, while others carry a large wooden cross on their backs. Blood splattered everywhere as they continue to march the streets of the village under the scorching sun.
 Passion play was also performed, wherein an actor, portraying Christ, was dragged on the streets by men costumed as “Centurions” and eventually he was nailed on the cross on top of a man-made Cavalry in the village.
 Despite of Catholic church leaders’ rejection on this violent forms of penitence, devotees still believe and continue to practice this belief to atone their sins, ask for miracles, give thanks to their blessings from God, and just to fulfill their religious vows.
Cross and Whip: The Bloody Ritual in Pampanga
Pampanga, Philippines (2014) - The humble village of Lourdes in Angeles City, is just one of the villages in Pampanga where penitents engaged in an extreme bloody form of ritual, which re-enacts the sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Good Friday.
 This bizarre practice has attracted both local and foreign tourists were they swarmed these villages to see this bloody religious ritual. Even street vendors did not let this tradition passed, they took the opportunity to install booths to sell food, refreshments, and even miniature whips as souvenirs.
 Penitents are locally known as “magdarame”, lashed their own backs with makeshift bamboo whips, called burilyos, while others carry a large wooden cross on their backs. Blood splattered everywhere as they continue to march the streets of the village under the scorching sun.
 Passion play was also performed, wherein an actor, portraying Christ, was dragged on the streets by men costumed as “Centurions” and eventually he was nailed on the cross on top of a man-made Cavalry in the village.
 Despite of Catholic church leaders’ rejection on this violent forms of penitence, devotees still believe and continue to practice this belief to atone their sins, ask for miracles, give thanks to their blessings from God, and just to fulfill their religious vows.
Cross and Whip: The Bloody Ritual in Pampanga
Pampanga, Philippines (2014) - The humble village of Lourdes in Angeles City, is just one of the villages in Pampanga where penitents engaged in an extreme bloody form of ritual, which re-enacts the sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Good Friday.
 This bizarre practice has attracted both local and foreign tourists were they swarmed these villages to see this bloody religious ritual. Even street vendors did not let this tradition passed, they took the opportunity to install booths to sell food, refreshments, and even miniature whips as souvenirs.
 Penitents are locally known as “magdarame”, lashed their own backs with makeshift bamboo whips, called burilyos, while others carry a large wooden cross on their backs. Blood splattered everywhere as they continue to march the streets of the village under the scorching sun.
 Passion play was also performed, wherein an actor, portraying Christ, was dragged on the streets by men costumed as “Centurions” and eventually he was nailed on the cross on top of a man-made Cavalry in the village.
 Despite of Catholic church leaders’ rejection on this violent forms of penitence, devotees still believe and continue to practice this belief to atone their sins, ask for miracles, give thanks to their blessings from God, and just to fulfill their religious vows.
Cross and Whip: The Bloody Ritual in Pampanga
Pampanga, Philippines (2014) - The humble village of Lourdes in Angeles City, is just one of the villages in Pampanga where penitents engaged in an extreme bloody form of ritual, which re-enacts the sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Good Friday.
 This bizarre practice has attracted both local and foreign tourists were they swarmed these villages to see this bloody religious ritual. Even street vendors did not let this tradition passed, they took the opportunity to install booths to sell food, refreshments, and even miniature whips as souvenirs.
 Penitents are locally known as “magdarame”, lashed their own backs with makeshift bamboo whips, called burilyos, while others carry a large wooden cross on their backs. Blood splattered everywhere as they continue to march the streets of the village under the scorching sun.
 Passion play was also performed, wherein an actor, portraying Christ, was dragged on the streets by men costumed as “Centurions” and eventually he was nailed on the cross on top of a man-made Cavalry in the village.
 Despite of Catholic church leaders’ rejection on this violent forms of penitence, devotees still believe and continue to practice this belief to atone their sins, ask for miracles, give thanks to their blessings from God, and just to fulfill their religious vows.
Cross and Whip: The Bloody Ritual in Pampanga
Pampanga, Philippines (2014) - The humble village of Lourdes in Angeles City, is just one of the villages in Pampanga where penitents engaged in an extreme bloody form of ritual, which re-enacts the sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Good Friday.
 This bizarre practice has attracted both local and foreign tourists were they swarmed these villages to see this bloody religious ritual. Even street vendors did not let this tradition passed, they took the opportunity to install booths to sell food, refreshments, and even miniature whips as souvenirs.
 Penitents are locally known as “magdarame”, lashed their own backs with makeshift bamboo whips, called burilyos, while others carry a large wooden cross on their backs. Blood splattered everywhere as they continue to march the streets of the village under the scorching sun.
 Passion play was also performed, wherein an actor, portraying Christ, was dragged on the streets by men costumed as “Centurions” and eventually he was nailed on the cross on top of a man-made Cavalry in the village.
 Despite of Catholic church leaders’ rejection on this violent forms of penitence, devotees still believe and continue to practice this belief to atone their sins, ask for miracles, give thanks to their blessings from God, and just to fulfill their religious vows.
Cross and Whip: The Bloody Ritual in Pampanga
Pampanga, Philippines (2014) - The humble village of Lourdes in Angeles City, is just one of the villages in Pampanga where penitents engaged in an extreme bloody form of ritual, which re-enacts the sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Good Friday.
 This bizarre practice has attracted both local and foreign tourists were they swarmed these villages to see this bloody religious ritual. Even street vendors did not let this tradition passed, they took the opportunity to install booths to sell food, refreshments, and even miniature whips as souvenirs.
 Penitents are locally known as “magdarame”, lashed their own backs with makeshift bamboo whips, called burilyos, while others carry a large wooden cross on their backs. Blood splattered everywhere as they continue to march the streets of the village under the scorching sun.
 Passion play was also performed, wherein an actor, portraying Christ, was dragged on the streets by men costumed as “Centurions” and eventually he was nailed on the cross on top of a man-made Cavalry in the village.
 Despite of Catholic church leaders’ rejection on this violent forms of penitence, devotees still believe and continue to practice this belief to atone their sins, ask for miracles, give thanks to their blessings from God, and just to fulfill their religious vows.
Cross and Whip: The Bloody Ritual in Pampanga
Pampanga, Philippines (2014) - The humble village of Lourdes in Angeles City, is just one of the villages in Pampanga where penitents engaged in an extreme bloody form of ritual, which re-enacts the sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Good Friday.
 This bizarre practice has attracted both local and foreign tourists were they swarmed these villages to see this bloody religious ritual. Even street vendors did not let this tradition passed, they took the opportunity to install booths to sell food, refreshments, and even miniature whips as souvenirs.
 Penitents are locally known as “magdarame”, lashed their own backs with makeshift bamboo whips, called burilyos, while others carry a large wooden cross on their backs. Blood splattered everywhere as they continue to march the streets of the village under the scorching sun.
 Passion play was also performed, wherein an actor, portraying Christ, was dragged on the streets by men costumed as “Centurions” and eventually he was nailed on the cross on top of a man-made Cavalry in the village.
 Despite of Catholic church leaders’ rejection on this violent forms of penitence, devotees still believe and continue to practice this belief to atone their sins, ask for miracles, give thanks to their blessings from God, and just to fulfill their religious vows.
Cross and Whip: The Bloody Ritual in Pampanga
Pampanga, Philippines (2014) - The humble village of Lourdes in Angeles City, is just one of the villages in Pampanga where penitents engaged in an extreme bloody form of ritual, which re-enacts the sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Good Friday.
 This bizarre practice has attracted both local and foreign tourists were they swarmed these villages to see this bloody religious ritual. Even street vendors did not let this tradition passed, they took the opportunity to install booths to sell food, refreshments, and even miniature whips as souvenirs.
 Penitents are locally known as “magdarame”, lashed their own backs with makeshift bamboo whips, called burilyos, while others carry a large wooden cross on their backs. Blood splattered everywhere as they continue to march the streets of the village under the scorching sun.
 Passion play was also performed, wherein an actor, portraying Christ, was dragged on the streets by men costumed as “Centurions” and eventually he was nailed on the cross on top of a man-made Cavalry in the village.
 Despite of Catholic church leaders’ rejection on this violent forms of penitence, devotees still believe and continue to practice this belief to atone their sins, ask for miracles, give thanks to their blessings from God, and just to fulfill their religious vows.
Cross and Whip: The Bloody Ritual in Pampanga
Pampanga, Philippines (2014) - The humble village of Lourdes in Angeles City, is just one of the villages in Pampanga where penitents engaged in an extreme bloody form of ritual, which re-enacts the sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Good Friday.
 This bizarre practice has attracted both local and foreign tourists were they swarmed these villages to see this bloody religious ritual. Even street vendors did not let this tradition passed, they took the opportunity to install booths to sell food, refreshments, and even miniature whips as souvenirs.
 Penitents are locally known as “magdarame”, lashed their own backs with makeshift bamboo whips, called burilyos, while others carry a large wooden cross on their backs. Blood splattered everywhere as they continue to march the streets of the village under the scorching sun.
 Passion play was also performed, wherein an actor, portraying Christ, was dragged on the streets by men costumed as “Centurions” and eventually he was nailed on the cross on top of a man-made Cavalry in the village.
 Despite of Catholic church leaders’ rejection on this violent forms of penitence, devotees still believe and continue to practice this belief to atone their sins, ask for miracles, give thanks to their blessings from God, and just to fulfill their religious vows.

Cross and Whip: The Bloody Ritual in Pampanga

Pampanga, Philippines (2014) - The humble village of Lourdes in Angeles City, is just one of the villages in Pampanga where penitents engaged in an extreme bloody form of ritual, which re-enacts the sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Good Friday.

 This bizarre practice has attracted both local and foreign tourists were they swarmed these villages to see this bloody religious ritual. Even street vendors did not let this tradition passed, they took the opportunity to install booths to sell food, refreshments, and even miniature whips as souvenirs.

 Penitents are locally known as “magdarame”, lashed their own backs with makeshift bamboo whips, called burilyos, while others carry a large wooden cross on their backs. Blood splattered everywhere as they continue to march the streets of the village under the scorching sun.

 Passion play was also performed, wherein an actor, portraying Christ, was dragged on the streets by men costumed as “Centurions” and eventually he was nailed on the cross on top of a man-made Cavalry in the village.

 Despite of Catholic church leaders’ rejection on this violent forms of penitence, devotees still believe and continue to practice this belief to atone their sins, ask for miracles, give thanks to their blessings from God, and just to fulfill their religious vows.

Bloody Rituals
A hooded penitent lies on ground as he takes part in a religious rites during the observance of Good Friday in Angeles City, Pampanga on April 18, 2014. Despite Catholic leaders’ rejection of this gory act, many Filipino devotees still engaged in self-penitence like flagellations and crucifixion for the atonement of their sins and fulfillment of their religious vows. 

Bloody Rituals

A hooded penitent lies on ground as he takes part in a religious rites during the observance of Good Friday in Angeles City, Pampanga on April 18, 2014. Despite Catholic leaders’ rejection of this gory act, many Filipino devotees still engaged in self-penitence like flagellations and crucifixion for the atonement of their sins and fulfillment of their religious vows. 

Preparing for Palm Sunday
A man weaves a palm frond in Quiapo, Manila on Saturday, April 12, day before Palm Sunday. Catholics use palm fronds in observance of the Palm Sunday, commemorating the triumphant arrival of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday also marks the start of the Holy Week according to the Roman Catholic calendar.

Preparing for Palm Sunday

A man weaves a palm frond in Quiapo, Manila on Saturday, April 12, day before Palm Sunday. Catholics use palm fronds in observance of the Palm Sunday, commemorating the triumphant arrival of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday also marks the start of the Holy Week according to the Roman Catholic calendar.

Protest against China’s ‘harassment’
Filipino activists stage an anti-China protest in front of the Chinese Consular office in Manila’s financial district of Makati City on Wednesday, April 2. Members of the left group, Akbayan Party-list expressed their indignation over China’s latest harassment of Philippine vessel near Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea last March 29.

Protest against China’s ‘harassment’

Filipino activists stage an anti-China protest in front of the Chinese Consular office in Manila’s financial district of Makati City on Wednesday, April 2. Members of the left group, Akbayan Party-list expressed their indignation over China’s latest harassment of Philippine vessel near Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea last March 29.