After the extreme sacrifice, the volunteers go home as if nothing happened. Then, their wounds are treated and bandaged. After a while, they go on with their usual lives.
These extreme rituals are mostly done in Pampanga, a town located north of the country, but there are still affirmations of faith such as this in other parts.
While many Filipinos choose to celebrate Easter at church or in beaches, hundreds still go through these intense religious affirmations to seek for divine intervention.
Now, the deed has become somewhat of a tourist attraction and has garnered the attention of Asia news. While some audience grimace and cover their eyes at the sight of ripped flesh, some watch the sight with interest.
“I’m a little bit overwhelmed. It’s very intense, I haven’t expected something like this,” shared Annika Ehlers, a German tourist, as she witnessed the bloody spectacle.