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Story of the Good Friday Cross

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FOR three generations, the Cruz family in Mongmong has constructed the cross used for the annual trek up Mt. Humuyong Manglo and Mt. Lamlam during Good Friday.

Anthony Cruz, 37, said the traditional hike began in the 1970s with his grandfather Antonio Cruz and several parishioners of Mongmong’s Nuestra Senora de las Aguas Catholic Church who wanted to do something on Good Friday.

Anthony said his grandfather constructed the first cross, which is made out of a wood called "Aga." When his grandfather passed away, his father Gregorio took over in making the cross.

“It’s been going on since my grandfather, then my father, and now it’s with myself and my kids,” Cruz said, adding his three children Anthony Jr., 17; Brandon, 15; and Aniah, 9, are always prepared to go on the trip every year.

“They look forward to the event. They really play an active role,” Anthony said, adding they consider it an honor to do the hike.

Cruz does get help from his relatives, friends and even residents from other parishes. There are some who arrive early in the morning every year on Good Friday to help carry the 500-pound cross, which stands 11 feet high and is 6 feet wide.

“Every year that we bring a cross up, we leave it there, we set a foundation,” Cruz said.

Walking up isn’t easy and it takes them about an hour to an hour and a half to reach the top.

“It’s not a straight walk up. We do take time and reflect at each of the 14 stations,” Cruz said, adding there are smaller crosses symbolizing each station. 

Over the years, Cruz said the number of people who walk up the slope of the mountain has increased, compared to 40 years ago. 

“We have people from every other parish and race coming on Good Friday,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Mongmong parish will meet between 5:30 and 5:45 a.m. today before heading down to the base of Mt. Lamlam along the Agat/Umatac Road.

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