PAG-UKIT SA PANINIWALA
by Hiyas Baldemor Bagabaldo
A sculpture believed to have been imported in town during Spanish colonial conquest, locally
known as Mahal na Señor Sepulcro (Holy Sepulchre), is celebrating its 500 years. Meanwhile, composed
of non-actors, Senakulo re-enacts the sufferings and death of Jesus. As the local community yearly
unites to commemorate the Passion of Christ, a laborious journey unfolds following local craftsmen in
transforming blocks of wood into a larger than life Jesus crucified on a 12-ft cross.
The film is a 5-year visual ethnography of traditional yet practical orchestration of Semana Santa
(Holy Week) in a small town where religious woodcarving is the livelihood. An experiential film on
neocolonial Philippines’ interpretation of Saints and Gods through many forms of rituals and
iconography, exposing wood as raw material that undergoes production processes before becoming a
spiritual object of devotion.
Producer, Director, Cinemetographer, Editor: Hiyas Baldemor Bagabaldo
RUNNING TIME: 72 mins