Makati observes Lenten traditions

Many may think that the highly-urbanized city has long forgotten local Filipino traditions but in Barangay Poblacion, the heritage district of Makati, the Holy Week is observed profoundly by the Catholic devotees, according to Makati Mayor Abby Binay.


The mayor has invited individuals and families on ‘staycation’ in Metro Manila to come and experience the sights and sounds of the city’s unique Lenten traditions.


“Despite its cosmopolitan image, Makati has retained religious traditions that form an indelible part of its history. We welcome visitors to come join us in various activities scheduled this Holy Week,” Mayor Abby said.


A total of 48 Kalbaryos have been put up around the city, mostly in Poblacion during the period. “Kalbaryos” are temporary chapels erected around the streets where the faithful may chant the traditional “Pasiong Mahal”, also called “Pabasa”, or reflect on tableaus of Jesus’ passion and death. It is a devotion that dates back to the early 20th Century and has persisted amidst the drive towards modernization. Even the Mayor who is known for her Digital City initiatives observes her ‘panata’ to visit the Kalbaryos along Poblacion during the season.


Today, Holy Monday, there will be a Senakulo Hesus Nazareno at Plaza Cristo Rey at 7pm. On Holy Tuesday, a procession of the Black Nazarene will be held at 7pm. At 9am on Holy Wednesday, there will be a Celebration of Anointing of the Sick and the Elderly. On Good Friday, the Procession of the Lord’s Burial will start at 6pm and the traditional re-enactment of the “Salubong” on Saturday Midnight will happen along Poblacion Plaza. The Holy Week celebration will close with an Easter Parade on the said Plaza on Sunday, 3pm.


During the entire week, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Church will hold masses at 6am, 7am, and 6:30pm, except for Holy Thursday; the Lord’s Supper Mass at 5pm on Good Friday; and the Easter Vigil Mass at 8pm on Black Saturday.  


Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church was completed in 1620, the 398-year old church is Makati’s oldest church and mother parish. It was built by the Jesuits in Baroque style using adobe stones, various Philippine hardwood, and sea shells. It is home to the images of Virgen dela Rosa and Sto. Niño de Pasion, both unique to the locality.


Meanwhile, Museo ng Makati has also opened its doors from March 23 to 27 for the exhibit entitled Primera Salida: New Infusions for Old Traditions where Makati Lenten Practices are being showcased for free public viewing.


Earlier, the Museum and Cultural Affairs Office presented a mini-concert at Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church entitled “Paniniwala: A Concert of Songs of Faith” led by the Philippine Opera Company Artists.


On Palm Sunday, the Procession and Blessing of Palms or “Palaspas” commemorating the Lord’s entrance to Jerusalem was held at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Church.


During the Holy Week, the city government is implementing a two-way traffic system along J.P. Rizal. Effective March 24, 2018 (Saturday) to April 01, 2018 (Sunday), JP Rizal Street will be on two-way traffic scheme to give way to Kalbaryos or Kubols on inner roads and for scheduled daily processions.


Public vehicles are suggested to take the following routes:


Makati Avenue - Turn right to E. Zobel, left to Valdez, then right to Makati Avenue.

Mandaluyong - Turn left to E. Zobel, right to Mabini, right to P. Gomez, right to Zamora, right to Burgos.

Guadalupe - Turn left to E. Zobel, right to Mabini, left to JP Rizal.

PUJ’s to Guadalupe Turn right to E. Zobel, left to Valdez, left to Makati Ave. or P. Burgos, then right to JP Rizal.


Motorists are advised to strictly follow the rerouting scheme.



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