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Kapampangans vow of sacrifice during Holy Week

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...]

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Good Friday procession in Baliuag

( 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...]

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A modern-day ‘Senaculo’ in Bulacan

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...]

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Portraying the role of Jesus Christ

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...]

Photo #5

Reenactment of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion

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...]

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National

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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).

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Shellfish prices skyrocket in Malabon on Good Friday

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2 lawmakers seek regulated importation, manufacture, sale & use of airsoft rifles, pistols

MANILA, April 18 — Lawmakers are seeking the regulated importation, manufacture, sale, use and transport of airsoft rifles and pistols for public security and safety.

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Provincial

Batangas town's Mt. Maculot offers summit’s prayer for life and nature this Holy Week

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.

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PCSO to launch BingoMilyonaryo in Zamboanga del Sur after Holy Week

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Masbate's Buntod Reef lures local, foreign tourists

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Foreign

U.S. extends Keystone XL pipeline review period

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Ukraine mulls constitutional reform

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.

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Britain's Hague offers 'cautious welcome' to Ukraine agreement

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.

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Features

A ‘not-so-holy’ Holy Week? (Feature)

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).

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Thousands of devotees flock to Manaoag this Good Friday

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.

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Bulacan Grotto-Shrine remains open 24/7 to accommodate more pilgrims during the Lenten season

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Agri-Business

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PCA commits 5,000 coco seedlings to DAR-ARC

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Business

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Africa's financial services sector presents opportunities

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Sports & Entertainment

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Health & Lifestyle

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Travel & Tourism

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