CNN PRODUCER NOTE RustonBanal told me, 'I am from this province. Ever since I was child, it became part of our Holy Week ritual to witness these flagellants that passed in front of our house and whisper our own prayers. It became a way of life.
What is striking about this tradition is that even if the Catholic church condemns this tradition as something that is against dogmatic rule, people especially in my home province see this as an act of devotion and representation of faithfulness to God which has its roots even during the Spanish Colonial Period. I even have a friend who did this because he wants his mother to be healed because she was suffering from cancer.'
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer