Crucifixion of Christ re-enacted in Philippines

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Renato Cunanan has nails through his hands in a depiction of the crucifixion

Worshippers in the northern Philippines have been taking part in an annual re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ to mark Holy Week.

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The cross is lowered in San Juan village

This re-enactment features Rolly Pantajo, 58, who portrays Jesus Christ.

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The crowd in San Pedro Cutud

Tourists gathered in Pamanga province to witness the events, which do not have the approval of local Catholic clerics.

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Nails through the feet of Ruben Enaje

The faithful who perform the rituals believe their actions can bring them forgiveness for their sins.

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The nails are put through Enaje's hands

Ruben Enaje was performing the re-enactment for the 27th time. According to reports he began the ritual after surviving a fall from a building.

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Ruben Enaje screams during the re-enactment

As well as the crucifixions, other penitents flagellate themselves using bamboo sticks tied to rope.

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Enaje tests the nails through his feet

The nails used are around three inches long.

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Enaje sharpens the nails in preparation

Once sharpened sufficiently, the nails are soaked in alcohol to ensure they are disinfected.

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Enaje examines the nails

The crucifixions drew crowds of thousands and scores of media.

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Enaje is flanked by the 'penitent and impenitent thieves'

The devotees were wireless microphones so that their screams can be heard by crowds watching from a distance.