|San Diego de Alcala Cathedral before Palm Sunday|
|A not so usual bus scene: an Islam emblem|
instead of the usual rosary
Good thing about traveling during Good Friday is that there are less vehicles,
therefore traffic is really light, and you'll get to your destination before you can say "mukha kang viernes santo". Though, it also translates to less public buses commuting, and results to tayuan specially in provincial trips. I get to experience that, not because my sister and I ran out of seats, but rather being a good samaritan on a Good Friday, and let an elderly sit despite of you not knowing until when will you be standing because of that good deed. I'm a lola's boy indeed.
But the good deed paid off. The trip got really fast and we arrived in Gumaca after just 4 and a half hours. That's 3 hours faster than the usual. After a few hours of rest, we went off to join the prusisyon.
|Jesus falls the first time|
|The crowning of thorns|
Crowd favorites are the Santo Intierro and the Mater Dolorosa.
Almost a thousand (yes, Gumaca is becoming a bit crowded!) attended and watched the Good Friday procession, which includes those on the sidestreets. At pagkahaba-haba man daw ng prusisyon, sa simbahan din ang tuloy, where the icons are blessed.
|Scourging at the Pillar|
|The Last Supper|
These traditions during lent in the Philippines will surely live on, but hopefully we do stick to what and why we observe these events. There might be some who don't believe in these customs, but being imbedded in our culture and heritage, it's here to stay.
|A woman watching the procession outside their house. It's customary to light a candle if the procession will be passing by your house.|
|A devout wiping her handkerchief during the Veneration of the Cross , done after the Good Friday mass.|