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.
Pope John Paul II
the stage is set
The Crowd at the Salubong Mass
Getting Some Blessing. Holyfying
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.
Salubong Jesus and Mama Mary
Nawala ang katawan ni Kristo sa lugar na pinaglibingan / Ang Libingang Walang Laman
Nagpakita si Kristo sa mga Apostol
Alamat ni Doubtful Thomas / Ang Pag-aalinlangan ni Santo TOmas
Kasama sa box galing Japan ang mga pictures na ito, and these are actually as interesting, if not more. These post shows how my ancient people celebrated their deads. Ancient people meaning ninuno ko na inabutan ng camera.
Medyo creepy itong post na ito. Noon, parang part of the ritual ang pagpapakuha ng larawan kasama ng yumao.
hindi ko na naabutan yung mga ganitong gawi. Pero yung mga susunod, medyo tradition pa rin na hanggang ngayon ay nakikita ko. Dito sa Suburbs ng Marikina at lalo na siguro sa probinsya
Yan, isang set yan. parang buung-buo ang mga ito. Pero meron pang pahabol. last two.