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Photos: Celebrating faith in a southern Philippine town

The sleepy little town of Dapitan in the southern Philippines comes to life every 24th of July to celebrate their faith

Where have all the ‘Santacruzan’ and ‘Flores de Mayo’ gone?

The Santacruzan now being held as a pageant is an indication of how the Catholic Church has been losing its grip on the faithful

Forego ‘fiestas,’ religious gatherings to avoid spread of COVID, Filipino Catholics...

A 'fiesta' is commonly about the celebration of a city's or a village's patron saint, or of harvest especially during the month of May

Bohol used to ‘sink’ during the month of May

It has always been a joke that Bohol “sinks” during the month May because the population multiplies twice, thrice, or even four times

Catholics in Mindanao town celebrate tradition amid pandemic limitations

For the first time Since the 1800s, the Parish of St. James in Dapitan altered the traditional celebration of the fiesta due to the pandemic

No ‘traslacion,’ fluvial procession in this year’s Peñafrancia feast

There will be no “traslacion,” the religious procession attended by millions of devotees, and no fluvial procession during this year’s celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia in Naga City.

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