Do you still remember singing Pabasa or Pasyon, the Lenten tradition of chanting or singing the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? Pabasa is usually sung by a group of elderly people during Holy Week. I’ve experienced joining Pabasa when I was young. The chanters usually use microphone and speakers so the message will be heard in the neighborhood where the Pabasa is held. The chanting sometimes is so loud you canâ€™t hear when a metal floor flange drop on the pavement.
If you miss hearing Pabasa in your area, you can now hear them through a website dedicated to air Pasyon Audio on the Internet. Thanks to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for making this possible for old and young people who may not have heard Pasyon in a while.