Maleldo 2016 was an eye-opening experience on how Holy Week is celebrated in our country. This one in Cutud, Pampanga truly challenged my perceptions.But I only have respect for the people and culture of San Fernando as this practice has been apart of their lives since the 1950s.
Some people call it barbaric and it is likely that the Catholic Church does not approve of it. But witnessing it was not for me to judge but to understand such tradition in order to reflect on my own meaning of sacrifice.
The blood was immediately arresting to onlookers and it spattered everywhere the penitents walked. This is underscored by the sweltering heat of the sun, close to unbearable temperatures. Seemed like sacrifices were being made by everyone present on the site.
I walked away not just with pictures but a widened perception on the things we are willing to do for our faith. I remember that for Catholicism, sacrifice is a big tenet. That is why Catholics revere the Christ on the cross.
Thank you Travel Factor and Tour coordinator Che Sasoy for bringing me closer to this unique Holy Week experience.
See the gallery of pictures after the jump.