by Kiko Matsing
Naga, Philippines (2015)
The Christ of the Filipino Semana Santa is a fragile, feminine figure. He is portrayed with long, dark curls, a tiara-like halo of three rays of light, the androgynous face and ephebe body of the Greek beautiful boy, and a gown-like tunic made of ornate Renaissance velvet or satin embroidered with gold. His suffering under the hands of Roman soldiers is like that of a virgin being despoiled. It is heightened by his feminine passivity and receptivity.