I was in my hometown of Iriga this Good Friday to be with the de Lima clan as we continued our decades-long practice of joining in the Good Friday procession at the Our Lady of Fatima Parish.
This family practice dates back to the early 1960s when my grandparents Agapito de Lima and Felicisima Bagaporo decided to have the Santo Entiero for the then fledgling parish in the outskirts of Iriga.
The number of “pasos” or saints in the procession has grown thru the years and as of 2013, the Fatima Parish now has 18. Here are photos of 8 of the “pasos.”
The Good Friday procession this year started at 6pm and ended almost 3 hours later. The starting point and end point is the parish church in San Isidro. The length of the procession is roughly 4 kms and saw the 18 images passed thru the barangays of San Isidro, San Agustin and San Jose.
The procession in our parish as well as that of many parishes in Camarines Sur is one indication of the strength of the Catholic faith in the Archdiocese of Nueva Caceres. Young and old, rich and poor, natives and balikbayans, all were out in the street to join and witness the procession.
Even the effort of decorating the “pasos” is a great bonding experience for the families. In fact, for many, like ours, it also an occasion to have family reunions. Such is the interweaving of family and religious life in the islands of the Philippine archipelago.