Viernes Santo

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In the predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines, the day is commemorated with street processions, the Way of the Cross, the chanting of the Pasyón, and performances of the Senákulo or Passion play. Some devotees engage in self-flagellation and even have themselves crucified as expressions of penance despite health risks and strong disapproval from the Church.[1]

Church bells are not rung and Masses are not celebrated, while television features movies, documentaries and other shows focused on the religious event and other topics related to the Catholic faith, broadcasting mostly religious content. Malls and shops are generally closed, as are restaurants as it is the second of three public holidays within the week.

After three o'clock in the afternoon (the time at which Jesus is traditionally believed to have died), the faithful venerate the cross in the local church and follow the procession of the Burial of Jesus.


In Cebu and many parts of the Visayan Islands, people usually eat binignit and biko as a form of fasting.[3][4]

  1. "Dozens ignore warnings to re-enact crucifixion", The Independent, 22 March 2008. 
  2. Nwaubani, Adaobi Tricia. "Igbo burials: How Nigeria will bid farewell to Achebe", BBC News, 2013-05-23. (in en-GB) 
  3. Izobelle T. Pulgo, "Binignit: A Good Friday Cebuano soul food", Cebu Daily News, 23 March 2016.
  4. Deralyn Ramos, "Holy Week in the Philippines", Tsuneishi Balita, March 2013, p. 4.