culminating at the town plaza. Early on Good Friday people would flock down the main streets to watch the senakulo, a passion play depicting the suffering of Jesus Christ starting with the betrayal of Judas up to the funeral of Jesus. The participants are all dressed in costumes depicting the role they portray.
Multiple senakulos take place in Samal’s neighborhoods. The staging in the Calaguiman quarter is an elaborate hundred-strong procession, complete with centurions on horseback and a host of characters from the Passion story, including Judas, Herod, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene, the Virgin Mary and an entourage of weeping women, not to mention Jesus himself — all trailed by a marching band. Jesus’ whole story is told, from the Last Supper to his crucifixion (mercifully, real nails aren’t used in Calaguiman, as they sometimes are elsewhere in the Philippines).