Easter is usu­ally cel­e­brated at the end of March or be­gin­ning of April, but dates change ev­ery year. San Fer­nando City’s ho­tels are ba­sic, and tend to be fully booked weeks in ad­vance, so early reser­va­tions are ad­vised

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Emer­gency ser­vices are al­ways busy at this time of the year. “We try to keep peo­ple away from in­fec­tions. For­tu­nately, most cuts are su­per­fi­cial and not as bad as they look,” con­fides a nurse on the scene, who re­quests to re­main anony­mous.

Some tourists look on in dis­gust, and many turn their eyes away from the scene when the devo­tees are nailed to the cross. It’s a macabre show, and not for the faint-hearted. De­spite the throngs of peo­ple, the opin­ion of this au­di­ence is di­vided. Some – like Mal­don­ado – ad­mire the strength and de­vo­tion of the pen­i­tents; oth­ers – many of them athe­ists – con­sider San Pe­dro Cu­tud’s com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Holy Week as an anachro­nis­tic rit­ual that is out of place in the 21st cen­tury.

One thing is cer­tain: It does not leave the spec­ta­tors in­dif­fer­ent. ag MIGUEL CANDELA is a pho­tog­ra­pher cur­rently based in Hong Kong, spe­cial­is­ing in so­cial fea­tures across Asia. He won Best New Tal­ent at the 2012 Prix de la Pho­togra­phie (Px3) Paris com­pe­ti­tion.


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