Hudas-Hudas | @grupokalinangan

Last on our Semana Santa Tradition list is Hudas-Hudas, a Holy Week tradition observed in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique.

“Hudas-Hudas” takes place on the eve of Easter Sunday when an effigy of Judas Iscariot is paraded around town, hanged at the town plaza, and burned, setting off firecrackers in a festive manner.

The ritual is believed to have started in 1902 by members of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), but another research from the University of Antique finds that the tradition was started in 1925 by Miguel Galopo Escanillas, father of IFI priest Basilio Escanillas.

Judas Iscariot is the apostle known for betraying Jesus Christ in exchange for thirty pieces of silver.


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