Our parish’s Good Friday procession was controversial again.  I’ve already written about the roots of this controversy, and everyone thought it was somewhat resolved – but not quite.  All was well in the Holy Wednesday procession.  Then came Good Friday and the tale of the two processions.

There was already an inkling of trouble when, several weeks before, the parish had to ask City Hall to mediate resulting in a memorandum of agreement between the parish and the saint owners.  The renegade saint owners were still invited to join the procession, provided that they abide by the regulations.  If they refuse to do so, they could still proceed with the procession, but they have to be BEHIND the Church’s official one.  Copies of the memorandum of agreement were posted on each “official” caroza to make it easier to identify them.

On Good Friday, a procession passed our street, but we knew it wasn’t the official one.  For one thing, there were no Knights of the Altar to lead it off.  We also knew that it was a late break-away, since the carozas had the memorandum of agreement posted on them.  There were also less than 10 carozas only.  Then I overheard one of the marshals saying that another procession is/would be passing by the main road, which is parallel to our street.  Right after the last caroza passed by our house, we went to the other street, and sure enough, the official Church procession has just started to pass.  Now, the incident…

Our street ends by curving to the main road.  Shortly after we started watching the Church’s procession, it suddenly stalled – for more than 10 minutes.

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The neighborhood was buzzing.  It appeared to be that the two processions met at the corner and there must have been an impasse.  Speculation was that the breakaway group tried to put one over the parish by going ahead of them, instead of going behind them as previously agreed upon.  Things got sorted out eventually, and the procession finally moved.

Then, following closely behind was another procession.  Nothing controversial though; it was just the Aglipay one.  Haay, only in Marikina…

P.S.  One of the reasons of the break-away group: Their request that the procession pass through our street instead of the main road was not granted. Again, sigh…

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