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10 men nailed to crosses on Good Friday

/ 07:58 PM April 03, 2015
NOSUCCESSION PLAN Ruben Enaje will be nailed to the cross for the 29th time on Good Friday as a form of penitence as his barangay has difficulty finding a replacement because “council has prioritized character over succession rules.” E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/CONTRIBUTOR

NOSUCCESSION PLAN Ruben Enaje will be nailed to the cross for the 29th time on Good Friday as a
form of penitence as his barangay has difficulty finding a replacement because “council has prioritized
character over succession rules.” E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/CONTRIBUTOR

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Ten men had themselves crucified on Good Friday in three villages in this Pampanga capital.

Councilor Harvey Quiwa, chair of the Maleldo (Holy Week) committee, said no foreigner took part in the reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The committee banned the participation of foreigners, citing public order.

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Quiwa said those who were nailed to crossed in Barangay (village) San Pedro Cutud were Ruben Enaje, 54; Jerry Manansala, 28; Victor Caparas, 54; Ramil Lazaro, 42, and Byron Bobby Gomez.

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This was the first time that only five penitents took to the cross in Cutud where crucifixion, as a Good Friday sacrifice, was started in 1962 by faith healer Artemio Anoza.

They were 15 in all in 2011.

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In the nearby village of Sta. Lucia, Fernando Mamangun, 45; Danilo Ramos, 44, and Melcohor Montoya, 60, joined the rite.

In the next village of San Juan, Alex Laranang and Wilfredo Salvador were the only ones who had themselves nailed to the cross.

This was the first time, too, that only 10 men took part in the rite. They were 15 in all in 2011.

No accidents happened as the nails were properly driven on hands and feet by men playing to be centurions for decades now, Quiwa said. RA

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