San Pedro Cutud: Thousands have gathered in the Philippines to witness devotees nailed to crosses as they mark Good Friday by re-enacting Jesus Christ`s suffering. The yearly rites continue even as Roman Catholic church leaders discourage the practice.
Nine men were crucified for a few minutes in Pampanga province`s San Pedro Cutud village, while at least eight others were crucified in neighbouring villages.
Many take part to atone for sins, pray for the sick or a better life or give thanks for what they believe were miracles.
Friday`s crucifixion was the 26th for Ruben Enaje, a 51-year-old sign painter. He began his yearly rite after surviving a fall from a building.
The spectacle is a unique brand of Catholicism that merges church traditions with Philippine folk superstitions.