PALM SUNDAY or "LINGGO NG PALASPAS" for Pinoys.
Well, we officially start the "HOLY WEEK" or "SEMANA SANTA" here in the Philippines today. CHRISTIANITY was spread here by the SPANIARDS headed by FERDINAND MAGELLAN on MARCH 16,1521. YUP!! It's very amazing that's exactly 487 years ago since today is MARCH 16, 2008. WOW!! I just realize it while writing this post. Wheeew!! That's very weird and coincidental I may say. So 13 years from now the entire Philippines would be celebrating it's 500 years discovery of Magellan.Majority of Pinoys are CATHOLICS and one tradition that we really follow is the "HOLY WEEK" that describe the Passion And Death Of JESUS CHRIST.
Here's a link about PALM SUNDAY:
Here's a link about FERDINAND MAGELLAN:
The feast of PALM SUNDAY for Pinoys starts with buying "PALASPAS" with all different designs and sizes that shows a true Filipino Creativity which only cost 10bucks just before entering the Church to hear mass. Then during the Mass the Priest would remind everybody that it's the start of recollection and repentance again for the whole "Holy Week". Then after the Mass the "PALASPAS would then be held up high by everyone so that it will be Blessed by Holy Water either by the Priest or the Lay Ministers.
A PROUD FILIPINO TRADITION INDEED!!