As a predominantly Catholic nation, sinakulo or passion play is performed across the Philippines during Holy Week. Every community, in rural and urban areas, has their own version of sinakulo and some even have actual crucifixions. Aside from being a religious tradition, the sinakulo is said to be the root of the conventional Filipino melodrama. The Virgin Mary became the "all-suffering, all-forgiving Filipino mother" and Jesus was the "savior of societies under threat and the redeemer of all those who have gone wrong".
I witnessed this passion play at Tabgon, in Caramoan, Camarines Sur on Good Friday. Red signifies passion and therefore, the color of the day.