AC has unbloody options for Holy Week pilgrims

    ANGELES CITY – Not more than 20 kilometers from actual crucifixions in Barangay San Pedro Cutud in nearby City of San Fernando on Good Friday, this city offers unbloody options for pilgrims on Holy Week.
    Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the City Tourism Office has linedup many activities in partnership with the socio- civic, performing arts and the religious sector.

    He cited Sinukwan Kapampangan’s “Panata at Panalangin: A Spiritual Journey through Culture and the Arts” which features a mixed-media art exhibit and dance performances depicting the religious practices of the Kapampangan region.

    On its fourth year, the presentation will be staged daily from March 30 to April 4 at MarQuee Park under the direction of award-winning choreographer Peter de Vera.

    A holy week recollection with the theme “Thinking of the Poor, Feeling for the Poor and Caring for the Poor” will be spearheaded by the Holy Rosary Parish Church (HRPC) from March 30 to April 1, he also said.

    “The recollection- cum-sharing will feature key speakers including Fr. Rocky Evangelista of Tuloy Foundation, Peter de Vera of Bale-Balayan Museum for the Poor, and veteran journalist Kara David with her advocacy Project Malasakit,” Pamintuan said.

    On April 1, this city’s Holy Rosary Parish Council will hold the “Dalan ning Krus” or Stations of the Cross at 4 p.m.

    “The Mass of the Lord’s Supper and the Bisita Iglesia: Veneration of the Blessed Sacrament are set on April 2 at the Holy Rosary Parish Church,” the city tourism office also announced.

    The tourism office said “Jesus’ sacrifices and martyrdom will again be remembered as Lourdes Northwest Barangay Council and Jason Pabalan’s Uyat Artista stage a two-part theatrical re-enactment of the Last Supper and the Crucifixion of Christ with Siete Palabras or the Seven Last Words on April 2 and 3.”

    “All are invited as Angeleños pay homage to the Holy Cross where Jesus was crucified through the solemn Veneration of the Cross and the Good Friday Procession on April 3 at the Holy Rosary Parish Church,” the tourism office added.

    Culminating the city’s week-long Lenten observance is the parish’s Easter Vigil, Easter Procession and the traditional “Salubong” which celebrates Christ’s resurrection and His symbolic reunion with the Blessed Virgin Mary, it also said.

    The tourism office also noted that a predawn procession is slated on April 4 from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

    Pamintuan stressed “the need to keep these religious observances amidst the city’s growth and modernization.”

    “This is yet another opportunity for our citizens to preserve and promote our intangible heritage and that is by safeguarding our traditions and religious practices,” he added.


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