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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, April 6, 2015
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Heirloom ‘carrozas'

LA VIDA NEGRENSE

Towns and cities all over the country came alive during the Catholicism's paschal triduum to commemorate and reflect on the passion and death of Jesus Christ. This solemn season is even made more colorful by more than three centuries of Spanish influence in our faith and religiosity.

Silay City in Negros Occidental, over the years, has become a fitting backdrop of these centuries of tradition, complementing its old world charm and close-knit family ties. Noticeable in Silay's Good Friday procession was the simplicity and solemnity being evoked on how its people preside over the activity. Compared to other towns, Silay surprisingly have relatively simple carrozas carrying images inherited from many generations, made more special by the people who have nurtured the tradition of making sure these treasures from the past may continue to be venerated by future Silaynons.

The Santo Entierro, which literally means “holy corpse”, symbolizes our savior's renewed majesty upon death. Silay has a unique Santo Entierro because most of the carrozas carrying the image in historical districts in the country would have one made out of ornate silver; Silay's is cast in black and gold (similar to that of Molo, Iloilo) reminiscing funeral wagons of medieval nobility.

After the procession, a Lenten play was presented by the Christian Community Theatre Silay Chapter, in partnership with the parish and the local government. The Parish of San Diego De Alcala, under parish priest, Fr. Dimitri Gatia, and his hardworking team, in partnership with different departments of Silay government successfully made sure that the city's Lenten activities be carried out peacefully.

Mayor Jose Montelibano, whose family has two carrozas under their charge, is committed to have Silay, through its tourism and cultural divisions, continue to foster the city's heritage and tradition alive.*

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