– Residents in Palawan relive the life of Jesus on 18 April 2011

Published: Wed Mar 16 2011

Senakulo is a play that uses scenes from the New and Old Testaments to retell the story of Jesus, the troubles he had to ordeal and the major scenes from the bible. Traditionally the play is performed in the church but in Palawan it can be seen in many places as people take to the streets and public places to show the story to others.

Typically visitors to Palawan will be able to see people dressed as the soldiers of Rome carrying weapons and marching through the streets looking for Jesus. The costumes are often quite glamorous with full Roman headdresses and metal plated armour and special effects are mixed in with the acting. Once Jesus is captured he’s then led through the town carrying a large wooden cross and some of the favourite scenes with the locals are the point where he is judged and the final crucifixion.

People using Palawan hotels on 18th April 2011 can see the play being performed although the acts can often be drawn out over the entire Holy Week which runs until 24th April.

Lek Boonlert, marketing head at commented: "Areas like Palawan go into great detail for the play and it attracts many tourists as well as faithful worshippers. This can result in difficulties when searching for suitable hotels as the majority of places will be booking up quickly."


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