Holy Weeks are usually observed by the Oliva family in Sagrada, a sleepy secluded district about an hour from the Iriga city proper. This year however, with the family car busted (thanks to the repairman from long ago who left a tiny piece of his broken screwdriver lying inside the crankcase shaft which eventually ravaged vital engine parts) the family was forced to contemplate in their not so undisturbed place here in the centro. The good thing is I’m interested to see, for the first time, what the streets of Iriga have in store for us in this final week of the season of Lent.
Maundy Thursday started heavy with the first battery of whipping and flogging and yes, gnashing of teeth. Pasyon, a dramatic presentation of the Passion of Christ, from his trial to suffering and ultimately death, was tragedized in bloody red color around the block. Also called cenaculo, these reenactments are commonplace throughout the country during the Semana Santa period.
My gallery may not exhibit in the Sorrowful Mysteries fashion cause I’m starting with “Dimas” and the Impenitent Thief here, and wind up with Judas’ ghastly end: