This year’s Holy Week made me see Marikina as a Modern City with an old soul.
Since staycation is my thing this lent, i tried my best to participate in the Catholic Celebrations in our town, Marikina. Yes town, because i still feel the provincial vibe in every corner of the City. It’s pretty much suburban here, being in the outskirts of the National Capital Region. But other than its geographical location, Marikina is home to the oldest catholic families in the country, with one of the century old churches in the Philippines, leading their faith. The Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned, AKA Santuario Y Parroquia del Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados; in its Spanish Era Days and Dambana at Parokya ng Ina ng mga Walang Mag-Ampon in Filipino. (Teddy Locsin Jr. wont approve of the last.)
I had shared the Good Friday Procession. Now this is what I got from the Salubong, the morning mass, where Mary meets her son Jesus after He resurrects from the dead. It started at around 3:30 in the morning, followed by a stage play where the Images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary meet with the participation of angels as performed by the local kids.
A mass then followed where the Tres Marias, three of the most beautiful devout catholics joined in their gorgeous terno. The priest then blessed all the participants, followed by the blessing of the saints to be paraded around the community for the last time this season.
Thanks to the devout Catholic families that keep Marikina’s tradition of faith, this “Prusisyon” in Marikina remains to be one of the most participated an praised, keeping the soul of the city for the next generations to live with.
Here are the “Santo” that went around for the “Prusisyon” this Pasko ng Pagkabuhay.