For the Catholic faithful, Holy Week is the time to pay tribute to Jesus‘s ultimate sacrifice leading to mankind’s redemption. It is high time to repent for our sins and to reaffirm our faith in the Lord’s teachings and sacrifices.
It is also the time to go on religious pilgrimage tours and to partake, observe processions and other Holy Week rituals.
Being part of a predominantly Catholic nation, many Filipinos have partaken in these religious rites for the past few days. Now that we’re nearing Easter Sunday, we are already close to the end of these religious activities and environmentalists are not happy.
As you can see, many devotees who honored the Lord forgot to honor His creations and proceeded to pollute the environment with heaps of trash they could have easily thrown in garbage cans.
It is understandable how frustrating this could be for environmentally-aware members of our society. After all, you’d expect more discipline from those who are supposedly guided by their faith and spirituality, right?
Concerned netizens shared photos of the Holy Week aftermath. Places like Antipolo, the pilgrimage site of Malasag in Cagayan de Oro, and the Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes in San Jose del Monte in Bulacan are only some of the holy sites polluted by its holy visitors.
Of course in the Philippines, Holy Week is also the time for families to bond and spend quality time in vacation spots like beaches.
Well, popular vacation sites like the Masasa beach in Tingloy, Batangas also weren’t spared from the trash and garbage left behind by the Holy Week madness.
One netizen put all of our frustration at this blatant hypocrisy in a nutshell:
“Nakakagalit. Nakakag*go. Taun-taon na lang, ito ang kinahihinatnan.
Para sa ibang tao, mas importante ang maging “banal” kesa sa maibulsa man lang ang mumunting basura.
Kung ganito rin lang, mas mabuti nang nilipol na lang ng diyos ang tao — kesa naman malipol tayo dahil sa sarili nating basura!
Kung impyerno ang bagsak ng mga nagkalat, magkakalat pa kaya kayo?”
Here are other netizen comments on the matter:
What can you say about these photos? Did you also witness devotees practicing undisciplined ways this Holy Week? What do you want to say to them? Let us know in the comments section below!