PHOTO ESSAY: The Emotions of Good Friday

It was that familiar sound of wooden whips striking people’s backs.

It was around six o’clock in the morning when I arrived at St. Michael Parish Church in Orion, Bataan. People were already flocking the church vicinity when I recognized that nostalgic noise. Emotions suddenly came rushing in, as the church grounds transforms itself into a 21st-century Via Dolorosa.

 

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Awe.

 

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Disgust.

 

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Belief.

 

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Numbness.

 

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Skepticism.

 

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Pain.

 

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Sympathy.

 

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Suffering.

 

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Agony.

 

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Pity.

 

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Questioning.

 

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Anger (in the eyes).

 

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Standing up.

 

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Worry.

 

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Blame.

 

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Concern.

 

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Gauging.

 

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Questioning.

 

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Deciding, in the name of the Father, and the Son…

 

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Questioning.

 

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Questioning.

 

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Questioning.

 

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Final decision.

 

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“Why?”

IN PHOTOS: Visita Iglesia 2016 in Bataan

Are you tired of your same old itinerary every Maundy Thursday’s Visita Iglesia? Why not try seven churches somewhere outside Metro Manila?

Bataan is a peninsular province about two hours away from Manila. But the place does not only boast of its historical landmarks and good beaches, but also of its centuries-old churches that sure will boost your Instagram followers in no time.

Here is a sample line-up for next year’s Visita Iglesia in Bataan:

 

Parish of St. Michael the Archangel

Location: National Road, Barangay San Vicente, Orion

 

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Parish of Saint Peter and Paul

Location: National Road, Calungusan, Orion

 

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Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church

Location: National Road, Pilar

 

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Parish of Santo Cristo

Location: Naval St. corner Sarili St., Cupang, Balanga City, Bataan

 

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Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph

Location: Capitol Drive, Poblacion

 

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Parish of St. Dominic

Location: National Road, Abucay

 

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Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer

Location: National Road, Calaguiman, Samal

 

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