SEMANA SANTA in San Miguel, Iloilo

The Lenten Season is a big activity for Catholics in the Philippines. I remember as a child that during the Semana Santa (Holy Week) we are not allowed to play outside and do other things except to listen to the radio for the different dramas (all are related to the Passion of Jesus Christ), go to Church on Maundy Thursday and join the Via Cruzis on Good Friday. Today, the same rituals in the Church are still practiced but children are freer to do what they want during the Semana Santa. In 2005, we did a visits Iglesia …visisting 14 churches to commemorate the 14 stations of the cross. Too bad I was not able document the beautiful decors of the different Churches we visited in the nearby towns and Iloilo City.

St. John the Evangelist

St. John the Evangelist

This is one of the eight carrozas bearing the image of St. John the Evangelist. These images are owned by private individuals and are passed on through generations. I was told my Lolo Felix was a good sculptor, I even saw samples of the unfinished Santos he has been carving. My family was not able to save any image he has carved ( even unfinished ones) as my Lola throw them away. She probably didn’t want any reminder of her philandering husband. Lolo left Lola for another woman…very sad but he was able to send all their seven (7) children to good schools in Manila.

The Santo Entiero surrounded by the Apostoles and the Lay Ministers

The Santo Entiero surrounded by the Apostoles and the Lay Ministers

The Santo Entiero

The Santo Entiero

The Santo Entiero is owned by the Sanchez Family and every year it is always bedecked with beautiful flowers flown in from Cebu. Last year the flowers were all white orchids.

The Santo Entiero surrounded by beautiful and colorful flowers.

The Dolorosa

The Dolorosa

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