Santo Entierro of Catbalogan City


It is a custom in every Franciscan pueblos during Good Friday procession to have an image of the Santo Entierro or the Body of the Dead Christ.

Catbalogan, which was once a pueblo under the Franciscans who arrived beginning in 1768 and ministered until 1898, taught the devoted Catbaloganons to start the tradition of a festive yet solemn procession during Good Friday to commemorate Christ’s Sufferings, His Death and His glorious Resurrection.

As shown in the photo below, is the carro (carriage) of the Santo Entierro owned by the Tuason Family of Catbalogan. The carro of the Santo Entierro is one of the highlights during Good Friday procession in Catbalogan, which is carried by penitents and devotees who were mostly males in order to show their sacrifice, self-denial and penance. A local [marching] band which serves as accompaniment playing the tune of Stabat Mater which precedes the image of Christ’s sorrowful mother, the Virgin Mary, the Mater Dolorosa.

(Texts by Manuelito Uy; Photo by Michael Balan)


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