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The 43rd Live Via Crucis in Cavite City (2017)

IMG_1648tThe people of Cavite City are naturally religious. They got so many festivities which are done in celebration of their patron saints. There’s the much awaited Regada Festival in celebration of Saint John The Baptist every June and the grander Feast of Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga every November. For the Lenten Season, there’s an annual cultural and spiritual tradition known as “Live Via Crucis“. It is basically the Cavite City’s version of “Senakulo“.  If there’s a Moriones in Marinduque and Pagtaltal in Iloilo, then Cavite City has its own Passion Play which is better known as the Live Via Crucis.1797330_10202773033200233_4165628477011976607_ntVia Crucis or “Station of the Cross” is a passion play done during the Holy Week (Holy Tuesday to be specific) in which participants (a group of local residents of Cavite City) wear biblical costumes and take the center stage of the town plaza to dramatize the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is already an old tradition which can be traced back since 1974. The picture above features my late grandpa portraying one of the centurions or Roman Soldiers. This year marks the 43rd year of Live Via Crucis and they notably made some changes this year1800437_10202773033400238_7509013980156151892_ntMy late grandma as one of the Ladies of Jerusalem during her younger years.IMG_1441tThis year’s Live Via Crucis was still based on the Passion Play written by Antonio Galura under the direction of Charlemagne Tyrone Gopez, Leo Ponseca and Narciso Lamberte Jr and Asst Director Edwin Monton under the supervision of their Chairman Aldous Guiao and Michaelangelo Camilo (Vice Chairman).
IMG_1452ttThe event started around 2pm. A special mass was held prior to the actual play presided by Fr Virgillo ParadesIMG_1564tLive Via Crucis  showcases different acts stated in the written Fourteen Stations of the Cross where one station usually last for 15-20 minutes (including the prayers). The Play will pass through fourteen different Stations. Unlike last year, however, they changed the settings , moving the 9th to 14th stations from Montano Hall field to San Roque Parish Church.
IMG_1589tIMG_1573tThe Last Supper marks the first station of the Cross, the final meal that Jesus shared with his Apostles before his crucifixionIMG_1466tWhile the Last Supper is being held in San Roque Parish Church, another scene was taking place somewhere else. The Centurions and the Roman Soldiers armed with their weapons, horse carriage and armors.IMG_1493tAlong with the people of Jerusalem are the thieves who will play greater roles on the later part of the play.IMG_1516tHestas, the Penitent Thief
IMG_1559ttThe Washing of the Feet
“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14
IMG_1592ttJudas identified by Jesus as the Traitor.IMG_1595tJohn 13: 26-27 ” Jesus states: “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.”
IMG_1612tThe Second Station : The Agony of Jesus in Gethsemane IMG_1621tJesus was accompanied by the Apostles Peter, John and James, whom he asked to stay awake and pray. He moved “a stone’s throw away” from them, where He felt overwhelming sadness and anguishIMG_1630tJesus was then confronted by the devil to tempt him while prayingIMG_1637tThe demon tempting Jesus during his agonyIMG_1664tHe was also confronted by an Angel IMG_1688tJudas and Roman Soldiers arrived in Gethsemane to capture Jesus and bring Him to the Sanhedrin.IMG_1716tThird Station: Jesus Before the Sanhedrin
IMG_1749tJesus was brought to Pontius Pilate  by the SanhedrinIMG_1786rtPilate handed Jesus over to Herod Antipas but Jesus was just mocked by him and he sent Jesus back to Pilate for the trial
IMG_1835ttMatthew 27:24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”IMG_1865tJesus was crowned with thornsIMG_1348tJesus was Crucified
IMG_1356tThe penitent thief
IMG_1381ttMary and John at the Foot of the CrossIMG_1415tJesus said that He was thirsty, one of the last seven words he said before dying on His crossIMG_1428tJesus dies on the crossIMG_1494tMary cradling the dead body of JesusIMG_1511ttMary holding the crown of thorns after Jesus was laid on His tombIMG_1533ttAn Angel came to Mary Magdalene to inform her that Jesus is alive!IMG_1558tThe Resurrection of Christ!

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Cavite City To Hold The 42nd Live Via Crucis

16809240039_58f212cf3e_ztHoly Week is nearly approaching and one of the much anticipated event here in Cavite City during the Lenten Season is the “Live Via Crucis”. It is basically an annual cultural and spiritual tradition in Cavite City. Via Crucis or “Station of the Cross” is a passion play done during the Holy Week in which participants (a group of local residents of Cavite City) wore biblical costumes and took center stage of the town plaza to dramatize the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  It showcases different acts stated in the written Fourteen Stations of the Cross where one station usually last for 15-20 minutes (including the prayers).16809264409_e08e4d8279_z

This annual event has been celebrated since 1974 and this year marks its 42nd anniversary.16994514461_1252f4327c_z The date is not officially announced but it could either be on Holy Tuesday or Holy Wednesday! I will give you an update soon!

** UPDATE **

The Live Via Crucis will be held on Holy Tuesday (March 22, 2016) at 4:00pm. 

A mass will be held prior to the passion play in San Roque Parish Church at 2:00pm

Much like last year, the starting point or the First Station will be held in San Roque Parish Church and the route will end in Grandstand/ track field of CNHS (beside the Montano Hall)

List of Pilgrim Sites And Retreat Centers Near MANILA That You Should Visit This Holy Week

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Holy Week is nearly approaching and while some people are taking advantage of the Holiday break by spending their vacation to beaches and somewhere far from the city to unwind, others are looking for a perfect place for them to reflect and to repent! Just in case you are planning to do the same, listed below are different popular pilgrim sites and retreat centers near Manila that you can visit this Holy Week.
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1. Regina Rica – Tanay, Rizal
RICA basically stands for Rosarii Institute of Contemplation in Asia. The site covers 13.5 hectare land at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains and was founded in 2009. The place is too big that it caters a lot of facilities including the well known 71-foot high statue of Our Lady of Regina Rosarii, St Hildegard’s Hill, Tilipunan, a Chapel, Way of the Cross, Animals and an organic garden. The Site is open from Monday To Sunday (Except Tuesday) from 8am to 5pm (Check : A Day Trip in Tanay : The Regina RICA)
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2. Via Dolorosa – Antipolo, Rizal
Via Dolorosa is formerly known as the “White Cross” simply because of the enormous white cross and the outsized image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage located in Pinagmisahan Hills. It is one of the popular pilgrim site especially during Lent season because of their life-size images of station of the cross. You can actually walk from the Antipolo Cathedral towards this place or better yet ride a tricycle and ask the driver to take you there.
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3. Angels Hills – Tagaytay, Cavite
Angels Hills is one of the most popular destinations in Tagaytay especially during the Lent season. It is basically a Retreat and Formation center located in Arnoldus Road, Maitim II East, Tagaytay City (just few walks away from the Pink Sister’s Convent). Angels’ Hills is a community of lay persons committed in a special calling to serve people yearning to encounter God through our humble place and facilities. It is founded in 1999 and covers a total of 2 hectares of land.
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4. Tierra De Maria – Tagaytay, Cavite
Tierra De Maria is describe as Mama Mary’s sanctuary for the pilgrims searching for the piece of heart. It is also called as H.O.M.E which wonderfully stands for Haven of Meditation and Enrichment. What makes the place more stunning is the 50-foot majestic image of Mary, Mother of God Queen of Heaven and Earth that welcomes all the pilgrims. Tierra De Maria is a project of Mama Mary’s Movement Foundation Inc and was established on January 1, 2000. They are open daily from 8 am to 6 pm (except when it is Lent season). The place also offers healing pray over which is conducted daily upon request and also a monthly first Saturday healing mass celebrated by Fr Larry B Faraon. You can check their FB Page here – https://www.facebook.com/tierrademaria
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5. Calaruega – Nasugbu, Batangas
Calaruega is a Retreat Center administered by Fathers and Brothers of the Dominican Province of the Philippines. It is located in Barrio Kaylaway, Batulao in the town of Nasugbu. The site features a small chapel, various retreat facilities, hanging bridge, ponds and more recreational facilities too. Not to mention the stunning and relaxing view of Mt Maculot from the said site! Check their page here for more inquiry – Calaruega FB Page
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6. National Shrine Of Padre Pio – Sto Tomas , Batangas
It was recently declared as a Shrine last year and what really makes this site so fascinating are the numerous miracles associated to the patron saint. This place has an interesting atmosphere. The dome-like shrine offers a serene and nature friendly set up as it is made from wood, stone, bamboo and sasa (bamboo plant). It features a separate bell and the miraculous Chapel of the Living Water underneath. Claypots filled with Holy Water can be found in every corner of the chapel allowing the devotees to get as many water as they want. You can also found life sized Station of the Cross in this site.
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7. Tatlong Krus – Paete, Laguna
If you are an adventure seeker, The Tatlong Krus can be an ideal place to visit. The Tatlong Krus are three crosses on the peak of mount Humarap, part of the mountain of Sierra Madre located in Paete, in the province of Laguna. During Holy Week folks from Laguna and nearby provinces flocks to the peak of the mountain to pray and remember the sufferings Jesus Christ on the cross. Not to mention the marvelous view of the town of Paete which makes it a perfect place to relax, reflect and unwind.
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8. Kamay Ni Hesus – Lucban , Quezon
Kamay ni Hesus Shrine and Healing Center was constructed in February 2002 with the help of Quezonians and other Filipino Donors from various communities in the United States. It features life sized grotto image of the Way of the cross and the 50-foot statue of the Ascending Christ on its peak. People are encouraged to climb more or less 300+ steps to reach the top! Aside from this, the place also features a healin chapel and other attractions like Luklukan ni Maria, Noah’s Ark, Resurrected Christ, Gallery of Saints, Garden of Eden, The Angels Hill, The Marian Park and the religious Murals. (I will blog about my recent trip to Kamay Ni Hesus soon)

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Luz De Filipinas : Soledad Lenten Exhibit 2016

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San Roque Parish Church led by the Cofradia de la Virgen de la Soledad de Porta Vaga held the very first Lenten exhibit dedicated to the venerated image of Our Lady of Solitude. Luz De Filipinas is a 40-day exhibit showcasing various images depicting the image of Our Lady of Solitude including the Our Lady of Porta Vaga which is enshrined in the said parish20160211_114137t

The Soledad Lenten Exhibit kicked off yesterday (February 10) and will be open for public viewing until March 20. Our Lady of Solitude or Nuestra Señora de la Soledad is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary during her life’s most desolate. This is the time between Jesus’ horrible death on Good Friday and His glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday. There are overwhelming amount of Our Lady of Solitude images showcased in Luz De Filipinas. Allow me to give you a quick tour. Simply click the numbers below to view the rest of the images