Alay-lakad is an annual form of penitence that many Filipinos participate in to commemorate the passions of Jesus Christ. Many devotees from the neighboring cities of Antipolo gather to walk the long distance from Pasig to the church of Our Lady of Antipolo or Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. Pilgrims are also out to seek blessings from the holy church as they endure the struggles on the road to Antipolo.
Pilgrims who join the annual penitence argue that they wanted to experience the hardships of Jesus Christ before he died on the cross. The alay-lakad is their way of repenting from their sins and appreciating the sacred teachings of the holy bible.
However, it seemed some devotees do not know the essence of alay-lakad anymore. With the recent post of a netizen, they did not expect that their annual penitence would turn into a tragic experience.
Facebook user Rena Morales used her social media account to ask help from the public for her sister who was sent to a hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. According to Rena, they were joining the alay-lakad when their was involved in a street-fight. Unfortunately, Namie Morales became the casualty as an unidentified man who forcefully hit her head with a rock. This caused severe trauma to her skull and blood clot near her brain. Because of her critical condition, she has to undergo a medical surgery. Rena is asking for financial help as Namie’s operation costs more than P100,000.
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While many netizens express their sympathy for the Morales family, many social media users are also expressing their disappointment as they deemed alay-lakad as a sacred practice. With what happened to Namie, they think that some young pilgrims are only present for the wrong reasons. They think that this tragic incident shows that not all devotees are embodying the teachings of the church. They also think that they are not sincere with their penitence.
What can you say about this unfortunate event? Do you think there should be a regulatory body that would monitor the pilgrims joining this annual practice? Share with us what you think in the comment section below.
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