Teatro de Santa Fe is back this Holy Week after two-year hiatus

By: Michelle Joy L. Padayhag April 08,2019 - 06:28 PM

Gugma sa Langit will be presented again this Holy Week. | Contributed photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Jai Shane Cañete, the founder of Teatro de Santa Fe based in Santa Fe, northern Cebu, said that they will present “Gugma sa Langit” on April 20 at the Santo Niño Roman Catholic Parish plaza.

“We planned to bring back the passion play in 2020, but the parish community is eager to have it this year. I have hesitations to do it this 2019 because of some commitments but God planned this to happen this year,” Cañete said.

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The group’s last performance was in 2016 when they presented, “Ang Tulo sa Maria sa Kalbaryo.”

The passion play stopped in 2016 after Cañete had to focus on his studies at the Central Mindanao University in Bukidnon. 

“Nabalik siya tungod sa dakong pasalamat for the blessings. Like kuya Lemuel (Rosos) for winning Sinulog ug sa akoa sad,” he said. 

(We agreed to do the play again as a way to say thanks for the blessings that we have received such as Kuya (Rosos) and my winning in the Sinulog.)

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Cañete is the screenwriter of the short film, “Usa Ka Libo”, the grand prize winner of Sinulog Short Film Festival 2019. 

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“Gugma Sa Langit” is an 11-part play directed and written by Cañete. 

Cebuano designer and award-winning Sinulog choreographer Lemuel Rosos will handle the production design and costumes while Joseph Dean Mangubat will arrange the songs for the play. 

The 33-year-old screenwriter will emphasize the value of love aside from the narrative story of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection.

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“If we have love in our hearts, we will not engage to those seven sins but to engage with the seven virtues: prudence, justice, temperance, courage, faith, hope and charity,” he added. 

Teatro de Santa Fe was founded in 2012 which focuses  on religious play performances of the Roman Catholic Church.

Other plays performed by Teatro de Santa Fe in the past years were “Kataposang Pag-gaab sa Kasingkasing sang Hudiyo” (2014), “Nagsilaob nga Kangitngit” (2013), and “Si HesuKristo ug ang Krus sa Kalibutan” (2012)./dbs

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