Gilbert Bargayo is crucified for the 19th & 20th time on Good Friday in Tuburan, Cebu, Philippines. After a dream Bargayo had as a child he was called to act out this real life crucifixion so that others can reflect on their own sins during the Lenten season. In preparation for his crucifixion Bargayo fasted for one month only eating fruits and vegetables. His companion, Bimboy Carpintero, has been Bargayo’s nailing man for every crucifixion he has done. Special steal nails and a wooden mallet are used by Bimboy to nail Bargayo’s hands and feet to a wooden cross in front of over 15,000 people. Bimboy also uses a steal knife to pierce Bargayo’s ribs, making the reenactment of Christ’s crucifixion more authentic. Before the crucifixion Bargayo carries a 120kilo cross through the streets of Tuburan having his back whipped with wire. The mayor of Tuburan sponsored Bargayo this year providing funds to build a chapel in his home town.

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