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    Beat yourself bloody... for a cause

    by GenuinelyCurious Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Flagellants scourge themselves with ropes tipped with glass rods designed to eat away at their bare backs as they walk barefoot under the hot summer sun. City of Angels magazine states they "do this as a means of atoned for their sins. It is a sort of retribution of their offenses and human weaknesses for past favor such as after going through some crisis or danger in their lives."

    But so many young kids get into miming their elders that one wonders whether this isn't just some sort of stunt or rite of passage for the people of San Pedro.

    WARNING: real blood does splatter onlookers. In these time of dangerous blood-borne diseases, please take precautions.

    Praying for forgiveness An interlude in the bloodletting Flagellant in training
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    The aftermath

    by GenuinelyCurious Written Mar 21, 2008

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    After the main event, the open field cleared fairly quickly except for the most dedicated adherents. Some of these, garbed as nuns seemed to meditate on the meaning of the day and those recently crucified sought medical treatment for their wounds. A second group of crucified also had their turn at the cross, while many of the local tourists also laid down for a photo opportunity.

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    Christ crucified

    by GenuinelyCurious Written Mar 21, 2008

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    Penitents portraying fellow crucified are roped to the cross by Filipinos in Roman garb. As each are hoisted aloft, one of the Roman spear-bearers reenacted cutting their victims. When “Jesus” was getting ready to be crucified, older “Romans” doused his hands with alcohol and carefully placed the nails for his hands. A single pop from the hammer set the nail in the flesh, drawing blood and a wince of pain.

    Roman officials hoisted the cross aloft for the crowd to see. They reenact the stabbing with spears of the crucified. What must have been agonizing minutes later, the victims were released by either returning the cross down to horizontal or by being wound in swaddling and lowered gently.

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    Opening ceremonies - before the crucifixion

    by GenuinelyCurious Written Mar 21, 2008

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    Several people dressed in simple robes knelt before the cross and variously prayed in silence, shouted to the heavens, covered themselves with dust or raised arms. These acolytes didn't seem bent on the same kind of self-destruction evident among others and their religious fervor seemed sincere.

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    Walk with Me - reenacting Christ's passion

    by GenuinelyCurious Written Mar 21, 2008

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    The 3 kilometer Via Cruces (way of the Crosses) re-enacts the path Christ took on the way to the crucifixion. The event’s intent is to invoke for the faithful Christ’s passion that ended his worldly journey in pain and suffering while the faithful pray for days straight over loudspeakers in the surrounding Cutud area neighborhoods.

    The individuals that participate may have any response from religious to amusement to shock to commercial opportunism. The event is surrounded by locals, Filipino and international tourists as well as hawkers of all kinds of services… the water sellers were particularly welcome in the scorching hot day.

    Pentients and flagellants near Cutud's church
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    Beer Bottle Recycle

    by kenningst Updated Nov 13, 2007

    If you are planning to drink beer in your room, you can actually sell the empty bottles back for P2 a piece but you will have to ask the grocery stores or supermarkets if they take it back or not.

    If you were to purchase a 1 litre beer from 7-11 convenient store, you will have to place a P4.50 with them as deposit and then if you return them the bottle after you have finished consuming the contents, you will get the refund.

    Pretty funky. Heard its because they want to promote glass bottle recycling. Good effort...

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    Free Stuffs at Airport

    by kenningst Written Nov 13, 2007

    Upon exiting the immigration at the airport, right beside the counters that sells bus and taxi tickets, there is these counters that gives away free maps and tourist guides. Just take some as they are free!!! Good for first timers...

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    "Pa-ra" or knock on the roof - to get off ..

    by myspices Written Nov 11, 2006

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    When you are in the jeepney, to get off a station or anywhere you want to be dropped off, just say "pa-ar" (means "stop") or you can give the jeeney roof a couple of knocks before reaching the next destination and the driver will know you need to get off the jeepney.
    Depending on the size of the jeepney, the number of passengers is usually around 12 paxs. Most of the jeepneys will wait till the jeepney is full before it moves. If you are seated at the far end of the jeepney, away from the driver, and you need to pay the fare, all you need to do is to hand your fare to the persons nearest to the driver and he will then hand it to the driver. Likewise, the change will be returned to you the same way - from one passenger to anohter.

    seats in the jeepney..
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    Beautiful VIENNA type furniture

    by whvcebu Written Apr 4, 2004

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    ... may actually come from Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines.

    Filipinos are known for their excellent carpentry and craftmanship of furniture. This chair built after some pictures from an old Vienna coffee shop is a major item for exports by container loads going to the US, Japan and Europe.

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