Filipinos re-enact Good Friday crucifixion
By Shirley Escalante
Posted 3 hours 18 minutes ago
Twenty-five Filipinos will be nailed to crosses as a form of sacrifice and atonement, in a Good Friday tradition.
In the largely Catholic country, church leaders have reminded the penitents not to do this for show, while health officials warned them against infection.
The penitents, from San Fernando City in the central Philippine province of Pampanga, have undergone physical examinations to make sure they are fit for crucifixion.
Two of the penitents are women.
Luciana Reyes, a 48-year-old housewife, says this will be the 19th time that she will be nailed to a cross and she vowed to continue re-enacting the crucifixion on Good Friday for as long as she can.
Crucifixion and flagellation are among the traditions on Good Friday in the Philippines, which is largely a Catholic country.
Most of the rituals are done in the countryside.
San Fernando City archbishop Paciano Aniceto reminded the penitents not to use their devotion for tourism purposes.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque urged them to get tetanus shots and to sterilise the nails used in the crucifixion to avoid infection