Camiguin’s beautiful sunset on Good Friday provides a fitting backdrop for pilgrims to reflect on the life and death of Jesus Christ. On Black Saturday, visitors were treated to an awesome moonset, on Easter Sunday, a calm sea at daybreak.
People from many parts of the country come to the island during Holy Week to join the “Panaad” (literally “Promise”) by walking 64 kilometers around the island’s circumference. Walking around the island to fulfill a promise to God for an answered prayer is an age-old religious practice of the people of Camiguin. “Lord, if you heal my child from her illness, I will walk around the island and visit all the churches along the way.” “Lord, if I pass the board exams, I will walk around the island.” These would be the common “panaad” uttered by islanders in a prayer. A “Panaad” pilgrimage on Holy Week was organized by a group of Camiguingnons in the early 1970s, a practice that became yearly and has become a tourist activity. Camiguin is now a Holy Week destination for families and ‘barkadas.’ Photos by BILLY DELA ROSA