A ritual of faith

A flagellant during pre-Good Friday preparations.

A flagellant during pre-Good Friday preparations.

map_infanta.gifsemanasanta_logo.jpg This is a multimedia post

Sorry guys, I’m really very busy right now with a deadline. Cebu Ocho will continue, hopefully, by next week. For the meantime, enjoy and reflect on a semana santa series which I did and is my major story for my final portfolio in the Diploma in Photojournalism class (ACFJ-Ateneo de Manila University) which ended two weeks ago. By the way, this is only a slideshow.

I went back to Infanta, Quezon last April to do my major photo story as a requirement of my diploma course. This time, I spent several days documenting the preparation and actual activity that culminated on Good Friday. I have posted about this ritual here previously, which detailed my experiences and observations.

This was first posted in estancabigas.com, my portfolio site.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.


  1. Sidney
    May 12, 2009 @ 5:55

    Wow. Strong coverage as usual.
    And those rituals are quite stunning. I could use additional info to understand all the images.
    I hope your teachers will be as happy as I am with the results 😉

  2. Erik Lacson
    May 12, 2009 @ 21:10

    Pre! Ang galing nito!

  3. gonli
    May 13, 2009 @ 6:31

    Beautifully done, as usual. Kudos to you, estan. Congrats in advance!

  4. reena
    May 13, 2009 @ 22:35

    i just read your loop series. i can’t find that article where you were interrogated by the military. 🙂 that sounds very interesting.

  5. estan
    May 15, 2009 @ 16:13

    thanx! 🙂

    reena, i haven’t posted that yet e 🙂

  6. dhonjason
    May 18, 2009 @ 17:08

    Wonderful documentary photos. I’ve seen your story at inquirer – very inspiring.

  7. estan
    May 20, 2009 @ 3:02

    thanx dhon 🙂

  8. The Phil Guild Guide
    May 22, 2009 @ 19:56

    I’m from Infanta, Quezon and never have I seen such engaging images from my province until I saw yours. Good photography. You can come up with your own book. Or have you done already?

  9. estan
    May 25, 2009 @ 17:28

    phil guild guide, thanx. i was the principal photographer of fr. galende’s “Philippine Church Facades” book published August of 2007 🙂

  10. estan
    May 25, 2009 @ 17:29

    @dhonjason, thanx 🙂

  11. AsonCalle
    January 8, 2010 @ 8:41

    Congrats.. Nat Geo really knows how to cover..Ü


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