A Filipino woman has gone viral on Facebook after sharing her life living as both a Catholic and a Muslim, and how the two different religions co-existed in their home.
Arizza Nocum, in her Facebook post last week, said that she grew up in a household with a Catholic father who was a former seminarian and a native of Zamboanga city, and a Muslim mother with a family line that grew up in Siasi, Sulu where “Islam commingled with Tausug customs to create a culture that respected faith, bravery, and compassion.”
In an extreme act of religious penitence, a small group of Catholics in the Philippines expressed their devotion by getting themselves nailed to the cross on Good Friday.
The tradition involves a re-enactment of the “Passion of Jesus” at the Calvary in which devout believers engage in self-flagellation, carrying the cross, and the crucifixion itself for those who want to somehow imitate Christ’s sufferings.
No country celebrates Christmas the way Filipinos do. Pinoys, wherever they may be in the world, believe that the Philippines has the most Christmas spirit and here are nine reasons to prove it: