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Good Friday Philippines Style can be a memorable experience

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Spending Good Friday in the Philippines? You might want to check this out ..then again, you might not

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Tourists from different parts of the world choose to spend Good Friday Philippines style mostly in San Fernando, Pampanga, to witness a unique and bloody event each year, although it does happen in almost all areas of the country, San Fernando is one of the best places to witness this spectacle. Good Friday Philippines Style is a tradition where volunteers agree to have themselves nailed to a cross to imitate the crucifixion of Christ.  Yes, you read that right, Good Friday Philippines Style means they really DO have nails driven through their hands and feet in the majority of cases.

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The Philippines is a Catholic country and it is the most devout who do this to show how much they appreciate what Christ, their Saviour did for them.

By doing this, they show that they are ready to repent for their sins and know what it is like to be in the position of Christ when he saved people from their sins.

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Good Friday Philippines Style – The ritual

This yearly ritual is done in Pampanga, Philippines which is about 2 hours from Manila. The volunteer devotees also experience being beaten and whipped just like Christ was whipped and beaten, but they stop before the person goes through really serious injuries.

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There are devotees who have been doing this every year, and there are the new ones who still experience a bit of a shock during their first Good Friday Philippines Style. There could be 5 volunteers at a time joining the ritual and some of them have fake beards to try to resemble the face of Christ.

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After they are whipped and beaten, they are tied to the cross before being nailed. The participants say that when they are already on the cross and hanging there, they experience a certain enlightenment which makes them forget all the pain they are going through.

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Good Friday Philippines Style – Why it is considered an attraction

Every year at least 60,000 people attend this Good Friday Philippines event to remind themselves of their faith and devotion to Christ, but many just go there out of curiosity. Witnessing Good Friday Philippines Style is not for everyone because it can be bloody and seeing the faces of the volunteers, going through a lot of pain is not something that will appeal to everyone.

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If you are thinking of taking part in Good Friday Philippines Style as a tourist, you will not be allowed because unfortunately people from other countries are no longer allowed to volunteer because it is prohibited by the Catholic Church and Department of Health.

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So if you think that you will be able to handle this unforgettable event, you can head to San Fernando, Pampanga where it is done every year. Make sure to bring a lot of courage and research exactly what to expect to avoid being overwhelmed and simply see the event as something symbolic and an experience that you will never forget.

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The devotees have been doing Good Friday Philippines Style for years, so make sure not to make any nasty comments while you are watching because they are very serious about how they feel while the ritual is taking place and all you can do is respect their beliefs even if it is different from your own.

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Good Friday Philippines Style: By Ysabel Carballo

Thus concludes Good Friday Philippines Style. We hope you find this information useful. If you are looking for a specific piece of information, please do comment below as we may have just forgotten to mention it.

Thank you

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