Hugos | National Museum Bohol (@natmuseumbohol)


After 2 years of lockdowns, restrictions, and social distancing, Catholics in Bohol once again flocked to churches to observe Holy Week and Easter traditions.

On Easter Sunday, just after midnight, towns across Bohol were treated to the angelic voices of children participating in the Hugos or Salubong.

In the traditional “hugos”, which literally means “hoist”, a little child strapped with ropes, plays the role of an angel descending from heaven to ease the pain and suffering of the mourning Virgin Mother.

The child sings while he or she is being hoisted down to lift the veil from an image of Mama Mary. The lifting of the veil heralds the rising of Christ at dawn.

Meanwhile, a children’s choir, also playing the role of angels, sing from raised platforms which are usually decorated with clouds to mimic angels singing in the heavens.

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