Holy Week Act of Penitence : Barangay Lourdes Angeles City : The Philippines

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Well, Easter in The Philippines may not be to everyones taste ……….. There has been a fair bit of self mutilation in acts on penitence ……… some resulting in splatters of blood being liberally distributed over on lookers and nearby photographers ……….. Nearby photographers are getting through bucket loads of sanitizing gel because the whole business seems a massive risk to the health of all concerned ……….

But hey it’s not all grim ………. I just literally came back from a rather lovely ceremony at midnight called : Salubong ….. (Filipino for “meeting” it re-enacts the reunion of Christ and his mother after the Resurrection) …….. In the ritual angels reveal to the congregation and to The Virgin Mary that Christ is risen …………. Little girls in angels costumes floating on trapezes above the crowd first drop petals then pulled back the curtains from Mary’s face and the Priest cried out : ‘Jesus is alive !!!!!!!!!’ ……… Everyone ran and embraced including all the priests and choir boys and the whole crowd ……. they all cheered, cried, danced and celebrated like a bunch of overjoyed soccer fans while fireworks burst overhead ………. it was all rather wonderful ….. I found myself laughing out loud at the amazing joy on display ………

But like I say ….. Some of the rest of Holy Week here could pretty easily be viewed as totally on the grim side ……… especially for anyone expecting the Easter bunny and a few chocolate eggs …….. see above:-///

Cheers Jez XXXXXXXXXXXX

PS……… Happy Easter to all who are reading Jezblog and like to celebrate Easter :-)))) ……. have a good one no matter if you are celebrating with a chocolate egg or if you having been whipping yourself all week in acts of Holy Week penitence :-))))))))))))))))) XXXXXXXXXX

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[ 6 ] comments

  • Really nice shot…I wonder if his God will love him more after inflicting all that pain to himself ?
    I think he’d be better off joining a fetish club.


    Harv.! @ April 19, 2014, 3:53 pm

  • Dude some of this stuff is way way beyond your average fetish club …….. like I say me and the cameras were getting blood splattered all over us ……. its difficult to take when you are close up …… and like I say I was kinda freakin cos I just dont want quantities of other peoples blood on me…… even many of the faithful onlookers seemed a tad squeemish about the amount of blood flicking about the place ……. it was a kind of an amazing spectacle kind of just totally terrible to see hundreds of folks shredding themselves up in this fashion ……Cheers bro Jez XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Jezblog Philippines:-))))) XXX @ April 19, 2014, 4:11 pm

  • Well, I dont remember that lesson in R.E!..Maybe I was off that day, or helping a little old lady across the road…I bet you enjoyed the claning operation after this job Bro…Happy Easter to you and yours, and all fellow Jezblog worshippers…xxxx

    PaulS @ April 19, 2014, 5:27 pm

  • You are right …… my cameras and clothes were kinda in need of sterilization after watching these guys flagellating themselves bro …… blood was just everywhere ……. Any blood that got on my skin I tried to wipe off pretty rapidly with sterilization gel and I’ve been showering at least twice a day ……. Im Northern European bro ……. Blood splattering around as a form of worship and penitence well it’s not really our thing right? I got more used to it since I have been here …… but lets face it anyone whose morning religious assembly at school normally involved Mr Green reading that passage about tadpoles in the wellies from ‘Cider with Rosie’ by Laurie Lee ……. well…. they are kinda less likely to be into flagellation than folks from Angeles City where it has been part of their local culture for Holy Week since this land was ruled by the Spanish and Catholicism became the dominant religion and then started to take on its own Filipino identity ……. Anyway lets face it you are from Brum most likely you are gonna be more conversant with the use of a Cadburys cream egg over the Easter period than any kind of flagellation tool hehehehe…… :-))))))Hope all is good Cheers bro Jez XXXXXXXXXXX

    Jezblog Philippines:-))))) XXX @ April 19, 2014, 11:20 pm

  • Aw… It’s just a flesh wound, I’ve had worse…:-)

    SteveM @ April 19, 2014, 6:14 pm

  • Yes a flesh wound or rather ….. 50 …… 50 cuts with a razor……. some like to do 70 ……. to start with then hours of whipping yourself with the flagellation instrument see above ……. the blood loss appears to be huge blood is flying everywhere ……. its pretty grim stuff bro……. like i say never mind the pain…… the hygene health issues are just incredible 100’s of guys appear to be cut by the same razor …….. you gotta to be a serious adherent to this penitence routine otherwise you might think hang on surely there must be quite a high risk of some kind of infection happening here…………. :-//////Cheers bro Jez XXXXXXXXX

    Jezblog Philippines:-))))) XXX @ April 19, 2014, 11:30 pm

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