Friday, April 22, 2011

Catholics in Metro Manila observe Good Friday rituals

MANILA, Philippines - While most of Metro Manila was peaceful and quiet as many citizens were out of town, those left behind were mostly in Catholic Churches to observe Good Friday rituals.

Security was tight, and emergency services were on hand to keep watch over the Filipino faithful.

Police and emergency personnel were sighted in or near the churches we visited.

ABS-CBN News was at the Nuestro Señora de Remedios in Malate, where icons were shrouded in purple as the 7 last words of Jesus Christ were delivered.

People also came in droves to the Nuestro Señora de Guia in Ermita; the Manila Cathedral; the San Miguel Church; the Basilica of the Santo Niño in Moriones, Tondo; the San Sebastian Church; and, the Basilica of the Nazareno in Quiapo.

A mini procession of the Black Nazarene was held In the immediate vicinity of the Quiapo Church.

Security was also tight.

Filipinos from various walks of life came with their families, as vendors had a heyday with sales of religious paraphernalia and food and drinks.

The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) volunteers in Quiapo noted an increase in the number of those who needed medical assistance, but could not yet give exact figures. Most of the cases dealt with hypertension.

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