My family’s Holy Week traditions consist of 3 parts. All of them involve food, which is ironic since we’re supposed to be sacrificing and abstaining but it’s the thought that counts… I hope.

Maundy Thursday – Bisita Iglesia / Trip to Antipolo Church – Obviously the custom is to visit 14 Churches, we usually visit around 5-7. This year we made it to 6 churches.

A Letter to God

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Antipolo Church Grounds – Look at all these people. If you wanna go during Good Friday, better visit early and avoid the crowds.

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This fancy retail establishment looked out of place next to the Church but the place looks like it’s making a killing. I guess Churches can be a gold mine.

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The Food trip after the Church…

Kasuy
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Hot meals
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Soda for Php15 and Sotanghon for P30. If you want to spoil yourself a bit, pay an extra Php5 and you get an entire egg in your soup.
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Good FridayBinangonan Rizal Procession – Every year, we head to Binangonan to watch the procession and more importantly, give out water and towels to the men who participate in the Giwang-Giwang. I’ve been witness to this tradition since I was a kid and the Giwang-Giwang has always been my favorite part, it’s so moving to watch. Difficult to explain so let me just leave you with a video.

For more comprehensive coverage of the procession, please visit my Mom’s Blog – www.ohmybuhay.com

Some stills from Good Friday:

My tita makes the best bagoong.
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My mom taking photos for her blog.
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Me & My inaanak Chino. He’s super kulit.
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My Cousin Justin. He’s a photography enthusiast like me.
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White shirts waiting for the Giwang-Giwang to arrive.
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Giving out towels, bread, water and ice candy.
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Lots of Water for the thirsty.
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The Giwang-Giwang. What an amazing sight to behold.
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After you carry Jesus, you are drenched in sweat.
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The flood of people after the Giwang-Giwang has passed.
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And then the Saints go marching in.
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Sta. Maria Salome
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Easter Sunday – Lunch at my grandmother’s house – this obviously involves multiple rounds of food and eating. We are a large family so during mealtime we are divided into two groups – Adults and Kids. I still belong to the Kids group (hehe) and that means I can chill with my cousins which is nice. Recently, we started playing Monopoly Deal to pass the time while the Adults talk about grown-up things.

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HAPPY EASTER Everyone!!!

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