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Penitents are reflected on the water with their bloodied backs as they take part in self-flagellation as a way of doing penance on Good Friday in Cutud, San Fernando. Despite the Catholic church frowning upon such practices, the annual traditions have been passed on through generations and became a fixture during Lent in the predominantly Catholic country.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: San Fernando City, Philippines
Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Copyright: © Gregorio Dantes Jr.