All Things Asian Event Post: 04.06.2012 – Good Friday in the Philippines

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez

All Things Asian Event: April 2-16



The blogs: That Hapa Chick; Live, Laugh, I Love Books; and My Words Ate Me are hosting the All Things Asian Event featuring guest posts about anything and everything about the Asian culture!

My guest post blogging interview will be featured on one of the host blogs on April 13.

But, until then, each and every day, a guest post will be featured until April 16, 2012, so be sure to drop by and visit the hosting blogs! Just click on the All Things Asian button above that links to the host blog.


As for me, I couldn’t pass up the chance to post a few articles as part of the All Things Asian Event on my own blog, alongside this important event because quite simply put: I’m Asian! And I’m especially honoured and driven to share the beauty of Asia with my readers to foster awareness, community, and inclusivity—all things that are especially important to me.



This post contains graphic images of blood, torture, and violence that are not suitable for those under the age of 18.


Good Friday is the Christian religious observation that commemorates the day that Jesus Christ as Son of God the Father, sacrificed Himself on the cross to die in place of humankind’s sin as an answer to God’s wrath and humankind’s chance at salvation.

This religious observation is deeply acknowledged and recognized in the Philippines whose predominant practicing religion is Catholicism at more than 86% in the country and more than 7% of Christianity that practices outside the Catholic church.

That’s an approximate total of more than 93% practicing Christianity in the Philippines.

Good Friday also known as Holy Friday. The time of Jesus Christ’s Crucifxion is recognized by the Roman Catholics at 3:00 p.m. The significance of Good Friday to Filipinos in the Philippines is evident in their observance of the day and is one of the most sacred times in the Philippines:

Practicing Christian devotees such as penitents wear barbed wire crowns:


The practice of flagellation as an re-enactment of the Flagellation of Christ is shown here as an example of a man and his fellow flagellants walk the streets of Tarlac City, my mother’s hometown:

Thousands of Catholic devotes watch and participate in the re-enactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which is an annual rite:

The re-enactment of the Crucifixion in Pampanga province of northern Philippines.
Filipino penitent Ruben Enaje is nailed to a wooden cross during a re-enactment of the passion of Jesus Christ in Santa Lucia, province of Pampanga, Philippines, on 21 March 2008. EPA/MIKE F. ALQUINTO


Though these re-enactments seem barbaric and cruel to the non-practicing Filipino, these acts are in fact an integral part of the Filipino’s proclamation in their steadfast belief in Jesus Christ, His ultimate sacrifice for their salvation, and the practicing theology of the Roman Catholic Church.

This is practiced during Holy Week on an annual basis and those who participate, do so in the spirit of Jesus Christ’s own sacrifice: willingly and in service to mankind.

To Christian believers, I ask:

If these acts in of themselves are cruel to individuals in a community, how much more would it have been to Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, the Most High?


For previously posted features by The Bibliotaphe’s Closet for the All Things Asian Event, visit the Event Page here.

Zara Alexis

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