A post from AQ a few years back:
It's a mocking of the real Crucifixion of Our Lord. These men are first drugged against the pain (unlike Our Lord), then they have ropes, and supportive wood under their feet, the nails are beaten through their hands, not their wrists like with Our Lord. They hang only for a maximum of five minutes.
It is a psychodelic spectacle. At Holy Friday in the Philippines at these spectacles beer, chocolate, candy, fries, hamburgers etc. are sold to tourists watching these sickos reenact it.
This is a pagan reenactment, not real penance. Pierce hands and feet and they think they are liberated from their sins. These spectacles are not a tradition, they only occur since 1962. The Roman Catholic Church in the Ph. has always disapproved them and strongly rejected these superstitious practices.
We already have a re-enactment of the crucifixion at Mass. The Church has in the past and the present disapproved and condemn these practices, but given that its post-VII, does not discipline them to stop them.
It would also not surprise me if some of these of re-enactors are paid to put on these re-enactments since the tourists expect to see such displays of "piety." When the faith is tampered with, major superstitions become one of its possible replacements.