Palo's Holy Week
Palo, Leyte was declared in the Diocesan Synod of 1910 as a
center of faith and religiosity in Eastern Visayas.
Oldest of Palo's Holy Week Traditions, is the Penitentes, a
penitential fraternity of "cassocked", a barefoot and hooded members
organized by Fray Pantaleon de la Fuente, OFM in 1894 supposedly to replace
the flagellants, fanatics who whipped themselves or have themselves whipped
to atone for wrong doings, whose cult of fanatics was gaining momentum among
There is still the Karad Boys, a brigade of kids producing scrapping
sound through a hand device called "karad". Their main task is to go
around the town to announce with their karads the Maundy Thursday and Good
Friday services in place of the bells which were taboo until Holy Saturday.
When the Search for Christ was introduced in 1975 substituting the
suppressed Procession de Pasos, the brigade afford the searching
"Roman Soldiers" and crowd who identify their groups with their respective
standards, proper animation for the job.
In 1915, Parish Priest Rev. Juan Pacoli initiated the Tanggal or
Crucifixion Reenactment as climax to the Seven Last Words
discourses. In 1974 it was overhauled becoming the climatic portion of
the entire Via Crucis now Pamalandong (meditation) started off
right with the capture of the condemned Lord and His subsequent delivery by
Caiphas to Pilate for appropriate action. It is a dramatic
recollection of Christ's passion and suffering on the cross. After
publication of Pilate's sentence, Christ's Death March (the 14
stations) follows, ending at Golgotha.
Eight pulpit orators and one for the intro tackle the sermons on the Last
Seven Words. Fitting choral intermissions are provided.
While practically all Philippine parishes hold the Procession de Sto.
Intierro on Good Friday, in Palo this procession has been fused with the
Procession de Passos (Procession of Lenten Images) originally on Holy
Thursday, thereby presenting to the countless multitude, participants and
viewers alike, a kaleidoscopic pageant of a living faith and vibrant
Traditional jousts of native carabaos (pasungay) and horses (paaway).
Cockfight (karambola) is another attraction.
Sunduan Ha Carigara
Easter Sunday celebrations with songs and dances and a
colorful parade of floats depicting the rich history of the town of Carigara,
once a capital of Leyte.
Reenactment of the discovery of the Philippines by Magellan.
Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese navigator, in the service of
Spain landed in Limasawa Island on March 31, 1521 where the First Christian
Mass in the Orient was celebrated on Easter Sunday. This historic and
religious event is commemorated with a cultural presentation and anniversary
program dubbed as Sinugdan (meaning beginning).
[ penitentes ]
[ Christ's death march ]
[ paaway ]
[ magellan w/ filipinos
[ 1st christian mass ]