A 45 year old commercial sign maker in the Philippines is among eleven people who had themselves nailed to crosses today in observance of Good Friday.

For him, it was the 20th time he's taken part in the extreme ritual. He says it's his way of thanking God after miraculously surviving a fall from a building when he was a construction worker.

The Good Friday reenactments mark the final hours of Jesus Christ.

Religious leaders in the Philippines oppose the event.

But the annual Lenten ritual has become one of the country's most-awaited seasonal attractions in two villages north of Manila.

Thousands watch as the devotees are crucified with four-inch nails soaked in alcohol to prevent infection.