Holy Week is right here and, within the predominantly Catholic Philippines, spiritual traditions are making a comeback following interruptions attributable to the pandemic. Take the famed Moriones Pageant on Marinduque island, a lenten pageant that takes place each Holy Week.
After the native authorities closed off the Moriones pageant to vacationers and pilgrims in 2020 and 2021, they’re as soon as once more welcoming guests who want to witness the pageant’s famed avenue theatrics.
The pageant — named after the Seventeenth-century Spanish Morion helmet — options women and men wearing masks and costumes parading by means of the streets within the guise of biblical Roman troopers.
The pageant re-enacts the story of Saint Longinus, a blind Roman centurion who was stated to have pierced Jesus’ aspect as he was crucified on the cross. The blood that spurted out was stated to have reached Longinus’ blind eye, absolutely restoring his imaginative and prescient.
Moriones members, masked and dressed as centurions, spend seven days on the lookout for Longinus as they scare youngsters all through the city or draw crowds with their antics. The story ends when the centurions seize Longinus and behead him for changing to Christianity.