I usually spend this time with my family in Pangasinan but a 6-hour ride is just excruciating so Teresa and I ended up in Pampanga to meet our friend Ariel.
Ariel in Pampanga...
Since the meeting place was San Fernando, I dared him to take me to Barngay Cutud to witness Maleldo 2010.
“Maleldo,” a contracted Kapampangan word meaning “holy day,” has been used here to refer to the crucifixions that have become the focus of the international media every Good Friday. Here, local penitents carry the cross up a hill then have themselves nailed to it.
It feels painful seeing it in person.My first time up close. We were advised to stay away or else blood could could stain valued shirts. I noticed that there are so many tourists joining the long walk back and forth amidst the heat of the sun.
I had no idea what to expect. When we got there, this view really chilled me to my spine.
We went up the hill to see things up close. Ariel got the chance to capture those moment while Teresa and I were just fixed there in awe............
On our way down, we saw one previously crucified interviewed by the press.While other go straight to the ambulance and the hospital, he was up on his feet with a big smile on his face.
I didn't know how to feel. I heard that the Catholic church doesn't recognize the legitimacy of this festival. But Faith and Spirituality, like love is expressed in different ways.If this is these people's way of expressing their faith, I can't help but admire them for their resolve......
photo credit: Ariel a.k.a Sebastian