Filipino penitents crucified for real in observance of the Easter ‘Holy Week’ in the Philippines

Wasn’t Saint Peter crucified head down because (as tradition tells us) he did not feel worthy to die like his Lord Jesus Christ? Apparently some don’t subscribe to that belief. Keeping to a renowned tradition of subjecting themselves to extreme self-flagellation, Filipino penitents have themselves crucified — for real — in Mining, Pampanga, Philippines. The whole thing was captured by photographer Benny Aldaba.

See the complete album of photos on Facebook here.

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Centurion and cohorts looking for the accused–with a motorized detachment (above).

A really long nail (above).

The agony of a two-inch nail driven through your palm (above).

Hammering the nail in (above).

Nailed (above).

Penitent whipped with palm stalks (above).

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[Photos published here with permission from photographer Benny Aldaba. For more info or to get in touch with Benny, refer to his Facebook profile at]


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[…] friend Karl to the Philippines. They should visit during the Holy Week celebration and try being crucified like Jesus Christ. The problem is, there are so many onion-skinned Filipinos that are not mature enough to handle […]

Hyden Toro
Sometimes, I think religions made people crazy. They nail themselves to crosses. They strapped bombs to their bodies, and blow themselves up, and the non believers. They sit down for a long time, emptying their minds. They go and bath in some Rivers, they believe are Holy…Politicians used religions to deceived people, in order to win elections. Ancient Kings and Emperors called themselves Gods….to have absolute Powers…Cory Aquino is being nominated for Sainthood, inspite of her Greed on massive land scam of the Hacienda Luisita…Maybe, her daughter, Kris Aquino will be the next, to be nominated for Sainthood. This is… Read more »
Daido Katsumi

I can never dig to this. Even Archie Gerona calls this as an insult. And indeed it was.


[…] in the Philippines is renowned for its tradition of penitents performing actual self-inflicted crucifixions during the Easter […]


Folk catholicism. *facepalm*

Filipino priests would encourage it rather than tell people to get off their hungry asses and work.

They even crucify people in the wrong manner. Just goes to show they don’t do real research into their faith and the history behind it. It’s not about Jesus’ suffering and humiliation anymore, it’s for promoting Pinoy Pride.


To begin with, when has there ever been a filipino leader of ANY organisation of any kind employed the Christian values that taught them?
-this is just wrong to say..

Priests have been trying to stop the people from the ritual even condemning it, it’s hard to remove from the culture

Try and visit and help them understand

I truly do not understand the real reason why some people do this. Is it due to ignorance of the true reason why Jesus Christ died on the cross? Don’t they know that penitence does not get rid of sins? If what they want is for their sins to be forgiven all they have to do is to humbly ASK the Lord for forgiveness; repent. (Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them TURN to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for HE WILL FREELY PARDON)… Read more »

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Sean Akizuki

Epal politicians might as well crucify themselves: