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Pasyóng Mahál
Pasyong mahal bookcover.jpg
Cover of a typical Pasyóng Mahál book featuring the Black Nazarene.
Author Unknown;
Gaspar Aquino de Belén (first written version)
Original title Pasióng Mahal
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog
Genre epic poetry, narration, religious, prayer
Publication date
1704 (de Belén Edition)
Media type Print

The Pasyón (Spanish: Pasión) is a Philippine epic narrative of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In stanzas of five lines of eight syllables each, the standard elements of epic poetry are interwoven with a colourful, dramatic theme. The entirety of the text is chanted during the Lenten season and particularly Holy Week, and is a popular Filipino Catholic devotion.


The text is an adaptation of the pre-Hispanic art of chanting epic poems as a form of oral tradition. After Christianity was introduced by the Spanish, the Passion cycle was adapted into the native art.

The indigenous form of the Pasyón was first written down by Gaspar Aquino de Belén in "Ang Mahal na Pasión ni Jesu Christong Panginoon Natin na Tola" ("The Sacred Passion of Jesus Christ Our Lord that is a Poem"), written in 1703 and approved in 1704.

An 1852 erudition by Aniceto de Merced, El libro de la vida ("The Book of the Life [of Jesus]") did not prove popular with the masses.

Pasyóng Genesís[edit]

The most popular Tagalog version of the Pasyón is the "Casaysayan nang Pasiong Mahal ni Jesucristong Panginoon Natin na Sucat Ipag-alab nang Puso nang Sinomang Babasa" ("The History of the Passion of Jesus Christ Our Lord that Surely Shall Ignite the Heart of Whosoever Readeth").

This version is also known as the Pasyóng Genesís as it includes the Creation narrative before the lives of Mary and Christ, and as the Pasyóng Pilapil, after its 1814 foreword by Dr Mariano Pilapil. The book's title page describes it as being commissioned by former Archbishop of Manila José Seguí, O.S.A. and former Augustinian provincial Manuel Grijalvo, O.S.A., and edited by a certain Fr Amador W. Cruz.

A widely circulated version of this is the 1949 edition, published by Ignacio Luna and Sons, Co. (branded as Awit at Salaysay ng Pasiong Mahal... instead of Casaysayan).

Sample text from the 1949 edition of the Casaysayan (Pasyóng Genesís). Shown are introductory prayers invoking God the Father and St Mary.

Devotional use[edit]

The Pasyón is normally heard during Holy Week in the Philippines, where its recitation is known as the Pabása ("Reading"). The rite can span several days, extending no later than Black Saturday, but is usually ended on noon or before 3 pm of Good Friday (the time when Jesus died on the cross).

Readers chant the Pasyón from beginning to end without pause; this non-stop recitation is facilitated by the chanters working in shifts. The chanters usually perform the rite as a panatâ ("vow"), or votive offering in request or thanksgiving. They are frequently aged women, but in recent years some of the younger generation have shown increased interest in it.

The rite usually takes place in front of a specially constructed shrine or altar within the home or a temporary outdoor booth, covered on the sides by palm leaves. This may also be performed at a local visita/kapilya (chapel of ease) or some other communal area.

As per Filipino etiquette, the host of the Pabasa (usually the master or mistress of a house) provides a continuous supply of food and refreshments for the shifts of chanting devotees.

Musical setting[edit]

Musical accompaniment to the Pabasa is widely practised though is by no means universal, and the most commonly employed instruments are guitar and keyboard. There are traditional tones that the Pasyón is set to, and these have been passed down through the generations. Recent innovations in the epic's setting include contemporary popular ballads, pop music, and contemporary hymns.

External links[edit]

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Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:40:58 -0800

Six Senses Zil Pasyon will be located on the private island of Félicité, one of the Seychelles 115 islands. It will have 28 one-bedroom villas, two two-bedroom villas and 17 private residences standing on a 652-acre estate. The buildings lie near the ...
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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:53:53 -0700

MANILA, Philippines - Rochelle Enriquez, 17, has been joining the 'Pabasa' for four years but unlike her contemporaries who do so by belting pop tunes, she prefers to chant it the traditional way. She said the tradition is important because it allows ...

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:48:45 -0700

Edouard Grosmangin has been appointed general manager for Six Senses Zil Pasyon, located on the private island of Félicité in the Seychelles and scheduled to open in 2015. He joins the resort, following a two-year stint as general manager of Six Senses ...


Fri, 05 Dec 2014 07:00:00 -0800

The Six Senses Zil Pasyon on Felicite Island in the Seychelles is a private island resort located outside of the cyclone belt, an increasingly essential virtue. The resort is comprised of 28 one-bedroom villas, two two-bedroom villas and 17 private ...


Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:11:49 -0700

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Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:33:45 -0800

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 05:30:00 -0800

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Mon, 18 Apr 2011 07:07:26 -0700

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