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A Bunch Of Filipinos Celebrated Easter By Volunteering To Get Crucified

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Last updated on April 5, 2015, at 5:56 p.m. ET

Posted on April 5, 2015, at 5:56 p.m. ET

In many parts of the world, it's traditional for Christians at Easter to reenact the Stations of the Cross, but in the Philippines they take it pretty seriously.

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In the northern city of Angeles, the devout are routinely whipped during the lenten season.

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Flagellation is seen as a common form of religious discipline for these devout Catholics.

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Penitents also showed their devotion in Manila.

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Dozens of people volunteer to be crucified. In San Pedro Cutud, 40 miles north of Manila, Ruben Enaje was crucified for the 29th time.

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Unlike many other crucifixions staged for Easter that involve tying people to the cross, these penitents are literally nailed in.

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Those who are crucified only stay up on the cross for about ten minutes, but it's quite clearly a painful experience.

"I will do it as long as my body will allow me," 43-year-old Danilo Ramos, who has been crucified 23 times, told Reuters. "I hope God will see my sacrifice and take good care of my family."
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"I will do it as long as my body will allow me," 43-year-old Danilo Ramos, who has been crucified 23 times, told Reuters. "I hope God will see my sacrifice and take good care of my family."

After being taken down, the volunteers are rushed to get medical attention and treated for their wounds.

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It's not only men who participate in the religious ritual, which has been denounced by the Roman Catholic Church.

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"Penance does not mean you hurt yourself, because your body is a temple that houses the spirit," Archbishop Aniceto Paciano of San Fernando told Reuters.

Precy Valencia was nailed to the cross in Paombong in Bulacan province.

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The event is quite a spectacle.

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