Celebrating Easter in Benque Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 April 2018 00:00

For the folks of Benque Viejo del Carmen, Easter brings forth both colorful and serious tones and it is shown publicly. Group elaboration of sawdust tapestries began as from 1:00 a.m Friday under night lanterns; on the streets at various locations by the Centennial Park. By mid-day the spectacular and colorful tapestry results became evident as teams of Benqueños made their final touches. Motorists and pedestrians have customarily showed their greatest respect for this type of street artistry.

Artists also came out to perform the “Passion of the Christ” later on Friday at the John Paul Sixth Form at Chapel Hill. At the tertiary level institution, Jimmy Leslie played a leading role as Pontius Pilate. Jose Blas undertook the special role as Jesus, where he was led down the Juanito Gongora Street and then ‘crucified’ at the Mount Carmel Church.

Easter in Benque would become complete with the ‘Procession de Viernes Santo’, which has been held yearly every Easter Friday.  Like clock work and at nightfall both men and women took up their positions bearing symbols of catholicism, moving forward in solemn procession.

With all three events unfolding on the same day, friends and families have come from afar to witness these Catholic inspired events. Tourists have also been travelling in greater numbers to Benque Viejo over the years; especially during the Easter Season.