The Passion of Christ

The Senakulo is a dramatization of the Passion of Jesus Christ–His trial, suffering, death and resurrection; and is performed during the Holy Week or Semana Santa in the Philippines. Traditionally, the Senakulo runs for eight nights–from Palm Sunday through Easter morning.

The term Senakulo is derived from the Spanish cenáculo, meaning “cenacle,” the place where Jesus Christ celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples.

The Senakulo has many variations across the Philippine archipelago, each incorporating a local tradition. While some regions have penitents go to ‘extreme’ penitensya–from self flagellation to actual crucifixion–many towns still adhere to the message of the Good News: that Jesus Christ died n the cross for our sins.

In Guimaras in the Visayas region, they have the “Pagtaltal” or the bringing down of the dead Christ from the cross. In Sta. Cruz, Marinduque, the “Pugutan” or the beheading of Longinus is one of the highlights the pageant.

Photos below are from Boac, Marinduque.


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