THE DAY IN PHOTOS: April 18, 2019


Posted at Apr 18 2019 10:31 PM

Here are the big stories today in photos.

NLEX carmageddon

Vehicles traveling north pack the North Luzon Expressway in Caloocan City on Maundy Thursday. Residents of Metro Manila make the most of the long holiday by traveling to their respective provinces or their tourist destination of choice in observance of the Holy Week. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Cardinal Tagle celebrates Chrism Mass

Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle swings a censer as he blesses vessels of holy oil during the Chrism Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Holy Thursday. The Chrism Mass, which is one of the most solemn and holy Masses of the year, includes the renewal of commitment and display of unity of diocesan priests to their bishop and the blessing of holy oils used in Sacraments throughout the year. Maria Tan, ABS-CBN News

“Senakulo” in Quiapo

Students tinker with their smartphones as they wait for their turn in a play outside the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Manila on Holy Wednesday. About a hundred students and volunteers from the Quiapo Parish Youth Ministry staged the Filipino traditional play called "Senakulo" to depict the life and passion of Christ as this predominantly Roman Catholic country observes the Holy Week. Aaron Favila, AP Photo

A call for forgiveness

A companion whispers words of encouragement to a flagellant doing penance in Mandaluyong City on Maundy Thursday. Many Filipinos still practice self-flagellation and other painful forms of penance even as the Catholic Church has called for a stop to these forms of self-punishment, calling them a misinterpretation of faith. Alec Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

A Holy Week story for children

Children play near a crucifix after a “Senakulo” performance was held in Mandaluyong on Maundy Thursday. Different interpretations and traditions of the Passion Play are observed in many parts of the country as millions of Filipino Catholics commemorate the Holy Week. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News


Christian devotees lie on crosses on a street in Mabalacat, Pampanga on Thursday, one day ahead of the reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday. Millions of Filipino Catholics around the country are expected to participate in different religious rites in observance of the Holy Week. Noel Celis, AFP

Choosing humility

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle washes the feet of various youth representatives during the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday at the Manila Cathedral. The 12 youth representatives were chosen in line with the celebration of the Year of the Youth this 2019. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News