- Apr 28, 2003
- Basic Beliefs
The annual ritual, which draws crowds of spectators to the streets of San Fernando, a city 50 miles north of Manila, feels like the movies. Except, it’s all real — straight from the Roman costumes and down to the real nails being hammered into real human hands.
Those who volunteered to be crucified — 20 people this year, including one Danish visitor — hung on the crosses for about 10 minutes, before being treated by nearby medics.
Some people get really into it. Danilo Ramos told Reuters it was his 23rd time being crucified.
"I will do it as long as my body will allow me," he said, "I hope God will see my sacrifice and take good care of my family."