Tourists, religious pilgrims troop Angeles’ Siete Palabras | April 29, 2019 – 10:58 am
ANGELES CITY – Thousands of devotees and tourists troop to Barangay Lourdes Northwest (LNW) here on April 18 and 19 to witness a creative dramatization of Jesus’ Siete Palabras (Seven Last Words).
Spearheaded by the Angeles City Tourism Office (ACTO) and LNW Barangay Council, the re-enactment is part of the city’s observance of the Lenten Season.
The two-day Lenten play presented a contemporary take on Jesus’ passion and crucifixion featuring the home-grown talents of Uyat Artista (UA) under the artistic take of multi-awarded stage director, Jayson Pabalan.
The theatrical presentation featured some of the familiar biblical scenes such as the Last Supper, the Praying at the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Betrayal of Judas Iscariot. The street play culminated on the second day with the nailing of Jesus Christ on a 20-foot beam erected on a makeshift Golgotha in the barangay.
Three actors allowed their hands and feet to be nailed to the cross as part of their yearly “panata”.
ACTO Heritage, Culture and Arts Officer Joy Cruz extended her congratulations to everyone who have been part of this year’s Siete Palabras, which turned out to be another success because of the influx of devotees and tourists both local and foreign.
She also expressed her optimism that the annual theatrical street play will continue to be better in the years to come as part of the city’s advocacy in preserving and promoting Kapampangan culture, tradition, and expression of faith.
For his part, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan emphasized that “Lent is a season of solemnity and reflection and that, with Siete Palabras bringing together people from all walks of life, reflects God’s boundless love and sacrifice for all mankind”.
“I hope that this [the event] would help us reflect on the love, passion and sacrifice embodied and exhibited by our Creator, and in return live up to His Words of serving others especially the needy and the poor,” Mayor Pamintuan said.
Siete Palabras serves as one of the highlights of the city’s calendar of Lenten events and observances.