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:



















7 thoughts on “Cenaculo

    1. Most welcome Kathy. This is light compared to how horrible they stage the Passion of Christ — which has become a tourist drawer — up north in central Luzon.

    1. I agree with lostnchina; well documented.

      I’m quite secular in my ways but still a Christian. I’ve seen how people really do endure floggings and actual crucifixions in these types of passion plays around the world to demonstrate both how Christ died and their faith in him. I have to say that I too am disturbed by this as I was taught that Christ endured the real deal so that all of us wouldn’t have to. Worshiping him, and God, is intended to be much simpler.

      This social documentary photography essay is a profound and important eye opener, nevertheless.

      1. This is a so-so presentation of Lent scenes here. Perhaps you aint seen nothing yet. In a few weeks we’ll be treated to another occasion of floggings and I hope to chance upon the more awful. Thanks!

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