Semana Santa 06: Senakulo

The Senakulo or Cenacle, the traditional play of Christ’s passion and death that is staple in most towns and cities during Holy Week. From town plazas, churchyards or in theatres, people gather to witness and meet friends, chat and sometimes ogle and cheer their friends and family playing a part. Not that the audience are very attentive, but the story is quite familiar and usually their there for the sake of having fun.
After a physical training in preparation for my climb in Mt. Amuyao, I went back home in Makati and along the way, found that there was an ongoing senakulo. Curious as I’ve not yet witnessed one, I came closer and realized that this is a good photo opportunity. Thus, hurriedly went back home, took a shower and got my photo gear.

The Makati senakulo is done every year. However, as I was told, it used to be held along Evangelista St. but it was only this year that it was done at Washington St. Usually held weeklong from Saturday before Palm Sunday to Black Saturday, I was just there Tuesday and wasn’t able to come back to witness it again the following days as I was already in Lucban. The play is quite colorful with the costumes, props and stage setup and the lines are sung. I went backstage and took photos of the characters preparing for their part, dressing up, practicing a few lines, moving props while some are just having a snack of noodles or a stick of cigarette.



Good Friday, morning and there was not so much activity in Lucban. There are no traditional penitents along the streets that can be found in most towns in Laguna, Pampanga and Manila that can keep me busy that’s why I decided to go to Majayjay town and visit the beautiful and massive church their. The first time I visited that place, and it was just locked. This time, the doors were open and I was able to take photos. Wandering outside, I saw young people dressed for a Passion play and I came over, did some shots and left.



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Left, the crowd that gathered at the end of Washington St. to witness the weeklong senakulo being held. The front row consists of the band members who do the live music and audience from all walks of life spilling outside the iron railings, chatting, cheering friends and family in the cast as well as just to have fun.

Right, the director of the play behind a prop dictating the lines to the characters delivering the lines.

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Left, the Kristo in action. Right, at the backstage, the same Kristo is enjoying a good laugh and a stick of cigarette while waiting for his part.

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Portraits of a soldier wearing a Roman soldier’s helmet made of papier mache and a youthful Kristo before a passion play in Majayjay, Laguna, Good Friday.

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The Majayjay troupe in the thick of preparations for the passion play that will be held a few hours later.

Related posts:
Series 31: Semana Santa 06
Semana Santa 06: Santo Señor Sepulcro
Semana Santa 06: Dressing the Santo Señor Sepulcro
Semana Santa 06: Domingo de Ramos, 1
Semana Santa 06: Domingo de Ramos, 2 and Pabasa
Semana Santa 06: Via Crucis
Semana Santa 06: Flagellants
Semana Santa 06: Paete and Pakil processions
Semana Santa 06: Maundy Thursday
Semana Santa 06: Good Friday, 1


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