Samahan ng Mamamasan Krus ng Antipolo members and officers found another way to bleed as a way of sacrifice.
Instead of being flagellants they donated blood during the Our Lady of Peace Multi-Purpose Cooperative Bloodletting Day held at the office of the cooperative at Carigma corner Sto. Niño Streets, Antipolo City.
This was part of the initiative of SAMAKA president Ansley Chris Delos Santos to ensure that the group will do more than just stage re-enactments of Christ’s passion and death every year during Holy Week.
Delos Santos said the group will not only be active during Holy Week but the whole year with programs and activities for the benefit not just of its members but for the public of Antipolo.
SAMAKA members met the basic requirements of blood donors including: being generally in good health; age 18 to 60 years old; weight at least 110 lbs (50 kg); must have at least six hours of sleep prior to donation; has not donated blood within three months or 90 days prior to the event; must not have a new tattoo for at least one year prior to donation and must not have consumed alcohol within 24 hours prior.
Our Lady of Peace Multi-Purpose Cooperative was meticulous during the bloodletting with physical assessment done prior to donation; pulse rate must be between 60 and 100 beats/minute with regular rhythm; and blood pressure must be between 90 and 160 systolic and 60 and 100 diastolic.