TRAVEL GUIDE: BULAKAN CHURCH celebrates "Dakip"

Bulakan, Bulacan
Our Lady of Assumption Parish Church in Bulakan, Bulacan is a 19th century Neo-Byzantine-Romanesque stone church and is one of the old churches in the province. It was declared as Marked Historical Structure of the Philippines in 2007. During Holy Week or the Lenten season, this church is the center of a famous presentation, locally called as "Dakip," a Filipino word which means to arrest or to abduct. It is a play that portrays on how Jesus Christ was captured before crucifixion.

Holy Week procession
According to my research, a group from the local parish will create a list of the names of the men who are member of their group. Then, they will pick a name of who will be abducted on the selected date (mostly Moundy Thursday) at around 6PM. The other group members will find the chosen one and will be brought to the church, where the event will start and will be followed by repentance. While the chosen one is walking with barefoot and a huge cross on his shoulder, a few  people hits the him with a palm leaves. It's more than 400 meters walk to Bulakan Church, where the activity will end with a mass.