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Good Friday processions in Baliuag

Good Friday processions in Baliuag or Holy Week procession in Baliuag, Bulacan is an event taking place in Holy Week, in a traditional Roman Catholic culture of the St. Augustine Parish Church of Baliuag.

In the Philippines, Good Friday[nb 1][1] while others contend that it is a corruption of "God Friday".[2] is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday,[3] or Easter Friday,[4][5][6] though the latter properly refers to the Friday in Easter week.

Photo of 1 of the 96 floats (carrozas-carriages of Holy Images, 29 March 2013 Good Friday procession in Baliuag, Bulacan.

Baliuag Good Friday processions like any other religious processions are found in almost every form of Christian and Catholic worship, such as Holy Week processions. Some biblical examples were the processions with the Ark of Covenant and the procession of Jesus on a donkey into Jerusalem.[7]



In Baliuag, Bulacan, the 2013 "Prusisyon ng mga Santo" was the Lenten rite wherein 96 carrozas participated compared to some 83 religious images that were paraded through the streets in the previous years.[8] In the Lenten procession, religious fervor and piety compelled the town people of Baliuag to launch over a hundred richly adorned giant floats depicting the passion of Jesus Christ.[9]

Held every Holy Wednesday and Good Friday, the procession starts at 6:00 in the Evening.[10][11] The grand procession of more than 80 images became an anticipated attraction on Holy Wednesday and Good Friday.[12][13][14]

The 2013 Good Friday 96 massive carriages carrying life size dioramas depicting a scene in the life of Jesus were paraded all over town after sunset.[15] The solemn rite on Good Friday,[16] called the Baliuag Lenten Procession[17] was witnessed by local and foreign tourists, including the Apostolic Nunciature to the Philippines' Apostolic Nuncio on that time, Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, who was accompanied by his aide Msgr. Gabor Pinter.[18][19][20][21]

It is the longest Lenten procession in the Philippines, followed by the Holy Week Procession from the San Isidro Labrador Parish from the nearby town of Pulilan. The 96 Baliuag (St. Augustine Parish Church of Baliuag) floats showcased the grand parade of lavishly decorated carriages which event culminated in the blessing with holy water of the floats and the faithful by 2 Baliuag Priests from the Team Ministry of the Diocese of Malolos.[22][23] Passion[24]

In the 2017 Holy Week Procession, the carrozas has an approximate of 117 carrozas compared in 2016, when there was 114 carrozas only.[25] In 2018, only 1 carroza was added, making the total number of carrozas to 118, and by 2019, there are now 121 (including 3 additional carrozas: 121A, 121B and 121C).

Cultural referencesEdit

Good Friday assumes a particular importance in the plot of Richard Wagner's music drama Parsifal, which contains an orchestral interlude known as the "Good Friday Music".

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The etymology of the term "good" in the context of Good Friday is contested. Some sources claim it is from the senses pious, holy of the word "good",


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  18. ^ "Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto". 13 February 2012. Archived from the original on 20 February 2014.
  19. ^ "Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
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