This is not a docu short about rituals of faith during the Semana Santa. I and Hannah did this story about a hacienda and a beauty queen. Hacienda Adela, a sugar plantation tucked between mountains and sea in the Philippine city of Silay – also known as the “Paris of Negros” island – the region’s cultural center. It is home to sacadas (migrant workers) and dumaans (originals), who have managed to preserve centuries-old Roman Catholic traditions, including saying chants in Latin, even by those workers who have not reached secondary school. Miss Culture World Rizza Paula Lacson is seeking to discover heritage worth preserving. When the past and present, old and new meet, and intersect, heritage reveals itself – Julius Marvels.

Holy Week in the Philippines is a significant religious observance for the Roman Catholic majority and most Protestant groups. It begins on Palm Sunday and continues Maundy Thursday, when businesses in the Philippines either shut down operations until Black Sunday or have the late opening and earlier closing times. Many communities observe Spanish influenced Catholic rituals such as processions, with many having been syncretized with pre-Hispanic beliefs. This is evident practices and many superstitions associated with the occasion.

The recitation of chanting of the Passion story of Jesus -the Pabasa ng Pasyon – is one of the oldest Holy Week traditions in the Philippines. Since 17th century believers have gathered that week to pray by singing or reading a story of the Passion of Jesus of epic singing that predates’s rise in the Philippines. In some urban areas in the Philippines, Pabasa ng Pasyon is a declining traditions, but there are always people who make a panata (vow) to participate and such practice remains strong in HACIENDA ADELA in Silay City, Negros Occidental. They are the living heritage. The folks continue to practice these oral traditions so that the younger generation can still experience them in the future.