I arrived in the Philippines at the start of Holy Week, the climax of the Lenten season in the Catholic Church. Travel experts far and wide strongly advise against visiting the country at this time, as the whole country goes on vacation at this time, clogging transportation and accommodations, and driving prices sky high.
There was a bright side to my fortuitous timing however, as the Philippine’s culutural fabric is on full display at this time, as Filipinos, some of the most fervent Christians in the world, show their faith in visible ways, from praying at mini-shrines, as shown in the previous post on True Manila, to crucifying themselves on crosses, and leading processions through the streets.
Edward and I opted for a slightly less involved way to observe Good Friday, deciding to attend 3 pm mass at San Agustin Church, 440 years old and occupying a prominent place in the history of the country…
And with that, I turn the floor over to you, dear reader … ever experience a significant religious holiday overseas?