Catholic devotees are CRUCIFIED and hundreds whip themselves bloody with bamboo sticks for punishing Good Friday penitence ritual in the Philippines

Thousands of Catholic devotees witnessed dozens of men who were nailed to wooden crosses or flogged themselves bloody in annual rituals re-enacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

A volunteer was nailed to a cross with up to 10 more to follow while barefoot men beat themselves with flails on Good Friday, in a blood-soaked display of religious fervour in the Philippines.

Frowned upon by the Church, the ritual crucifixions and self-flagellation in the north of the country are extreme affirmations of faith performed every Easter in Asia’s Catholic outpost.

Wilfredo Salvador stared at the sky and appeared to mumble a prayer after the slight 62-year-old with wild grey hair and a long beard became the first local zealot this year to hang from a wooden cross.

Christian devotees whip their backs with bamboo strips on a street in San Juan, Pampanga on Good Friday during a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus

Hundreds of barefoot men beat themselves with flails and at least 10 were to be nailed onto crosses throughout Good Friday in the Philippines
‘I will not stop this for as long as I am alive, because this is what gives me life,’ said Salvador, a fisherman who has been volunteering to be crucified for 14 straight years.
Assistants costumed as Roman centurions drove three-inch spikes through each of his hands and feet before the wooden cross was raised briefly for the crowds to see.
He was treated and bandaged at a first aid tent after the village square ritual – then nonchalantly walked back home.
Nine other men and a woman were set to be nailed to wooden crosses in three other villages in the region within the day, the local tourism office told reporters.