For the Kapampangans, Good Friday is when penitents perform their annual vow of penitence by having themselves nailed to the cross in a makeshift golgotha. The commemoration starts at about 1:00 in the afternoon under the sweltering heat of the sun with the reenactment of the... [Read more...]
( in photo left clockwise)Colorful floats or carrozas carry Holy images in a procession on Good Friday in Baliuag, Bulacan. Good Friday processions like any other religious procession are found in almost every form of Christian and Catholic worships, such as Holy Week processions.... [Read more...]
A modern-day “Senaculo” or passion play on the life, suffering and death of Jesus Christ was staged by Bulacan’s theater group Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation Inc. (BKFI) in Muzon, City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan on Good Friday (April 18, 2014). Captured... [Read more...]
Extreme pain is registered on the face of Ruben Enaje (in right photo) as he reenacted the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by having himself nailed to a wooden cross on a man-made hill in Barangay San Pedro Cutud, San Fernando City, Pampanga on Good Friday (April 18, 2014). It was... [Read more...]
Francisco Gamata is nailed to a wooden cross on a man- made hill in Barangay San Juan, San Fernando City, Pampanga on Good Friday (April 18, 2014) as part of his reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It was the fifth time that he had done the same ritual since 2010.... [Read more...]
MANILA, April 18 — Six moderate earthquakes shook various parts of the country on Good Friday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
MANILA, April 18 — Prices of shellfish like "tahong" (mussels) and "talaba" (oysters) have skyrocketed in the coastal city of Malabon due to the observance of Good Friday.
MANILA, April 18 — Lawmakers are seeking the regulated importation, manufacture, sale, use and transport of airsoft rifles and pistols for public security and safety.
By Saul E. Pa-a
CUENCA, Batangas April 15 (PNA) — Towering as one of Batangas province’s highest and famous peaks is Mt. Maculot in the southeastern coastal town of Cuenca which offers the Lenten Season goers and mountain trekkers a highland spiritual experience and prayer for life and nature.
PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, April 19 — The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), in a bid to curb illegal gambling in the countryside, is launching its BingoMilyonaryo Game in this province after Holy Week.
MASBATE CITY, April 19 — More than 12 years after the Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary was opened to the public in 2001, this piece of paradise amid the sea is now the top tourist destination in the island-province of Masbate.
WASHINGTON, April 19 — The U.S. Department of State said on Friday it will provide more time for relative federal agencies to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline project.
KIEV, April 19 — Ukraine's government is prepared to conduct constitutional changes that would grant more say to local governments on budget and tax policy and give the Russian language a special status in efforts to overcome the current crisis in the country, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said here Friday.
LONDON, April 19 — British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Friday offered his "cautious welcome" to the agreement reached at the four-way Geneva talks over the Ukraine crisis on Thursday.
By Kris M. Crismundo
MANILA, April 18 (PNA Feature) — I was brought up in a traditional way of celebrating the Holy Week staying mostly at home and just going to church, especially from Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday (Paschal Triduum).
By Leonardo V. Micua
MANAOAG, Pangasinan, April 18 (PNA) — Thousands of candles burned inside a covered cove whose size is only little smaller than a basketball court while the Basilica of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Manaoag was swarmed on Good Friday by devotees coming from various parts of the country and even overseas.
By Leilani S. Junio
SAN JOSE DEL MONTE CITY, Bulacan, April 18 (PNA) — The popular and crowd-drawing Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto-Shrine in Barangay Gaya-Gaya in this city remains open 24 hours daily since the onset of the Lenten season to accommodate more devotees.
CHICAGO, April 18 — Chicago agricultural commodity futures were traded mixed Thursday, with corn and soybeans prices down while wheat price up.
OUAGADOUGOU, April 17 — The price of a kilogram of cotton in Burkina Faso will fall from 245 to 225 CFA Francs in the 2014-2015 season, Burkina Faso Cotton Growers Association (AICB) said in a statement released on Tuesday.
TACLOBAN CITY, April 16 — The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has committed 5,000 coconut seedlings for the replanting needs of coconut farmers at the Palanog Agrarian Reform Community (ARCs) in this city.
WASHINGTON, April 18 — U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on Thursday underlined the importance for the United States to expand trade presence in the Asia-Pacific region and announced a slew of moves to this end and critical to boost the country's exports and employment.
By Ntandoyenkosi Ncube
JOHANNESBURG, April 19 (PNA/Xinhua) — International logistics group DHL Express said Friday that significant growth in Africa's financial services sector is providing great opportunities to drive the continent's economic growth and development.
HANOI, April 19 — Vietnam spent USD 198.78 million importing some 10,417 completely built units (CBU) of automobile in the first quarter (Q1) of 2014, up 45.6 percent in value and 49.2 percent in volume year-on-year, said General Department of Vietnam Customs on Friday.
Sports & Entertainment
BEIJING, April 18 — Director Alfonso Cuaron has expressed confidence that Chinese counterparts could make a movie like Gravity, his sci-fi blockbuster that was a particular hit in China.
By Jelly F. Musico
MANILA, April 18 (PNA) – Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao returned to the country on Friday morning, five days after reclaiming the WBO welterweight title from erstwhile undefeated American Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, Nevada.
BEIJING, April 18 — A high ranking official from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said that it is best for Vietnam to withdraw from hosting the 18th Asian Games.
Health & Lifestyle
LONDON, April 19 — The negative effects of childhood bullying could last even longer than previously thought, with victims having higher risk in depression, ill-health and even joblessness in their middle age, according to a British research published Friday.
BERLIN, April 18 — German Federal Health Minister Hermann Groehe stressed Thursday the importance of further expanding vaccination of the population on the occasion of this year's European Immunization Week, which starts on April 22, 2014.
By Azer N. Parrocha
MANILA, April 17 (PNA) — The Department of Health (DOH) continues to monitor cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the country after recording its first incidence on Wednesday.
Travel & Tourism
By Alessandra Cardone
ROME, April 19 (PNA/Xinhua) — In a globalized world, even tourism marketing must keep pace with the times.
MOSCOW, April 18 — Restrictions imposed on Russians entering Ukraine will impact tourism flows to that country, Executive Director of the Association of Russian Tour Operators (ATOR) Maya Lomidze told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
BAGUIO CITY, April 17 — Four persons were selected as the Baguio-Benguet Lucky Summer Visitor (LSV) for 2014.