Buhing Kalbaryo will be streamed online again

By: Delta Dyrecka Letigio - CDN Digital Multi-Media Reporter | March 11,2021 - 03:19 PM

Jesus Christ carries a cross as he heads to Mount Calvary — a scene in the Buhing Kalbaryo, one of the most anticipated Holy Week activities played in Cebu City on Good Friday.| Delta Dyrecka Letigio

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The yearly Buhing Kalbaryo play organized by Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama will take another year off the streets due to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Buhing Kalbaryo is a pasyon play that recounts the Passion of Christ that is often held through a procession from the San Nicolas Parish to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish every Good Friday.

Rama said that they are still mulling whether previous plays in the past years will be replayed online and in partner television channels or they will pre-shoot a new play.

They are yet to decide on how the Buhing Kalbaryo will be presented in the second year that it will stay online, but Rama assured those who are looking forward to watching the play that there will be a stream on the Buhing Kalbaryo Facebook page.

READ: Some restrictions still in place for Holy Week 2021

“We are having a meeting. Of course, it will be unorthodox, unconventional, and it will be online. But for the 14 stations, we will pursue with the tarpaulins,” said Rama.

The vice mayor said that in place of the Buhing Kalbaryo procession, the city government will instead place tarpaulins for every Station of the Cross along V. Rama Street.

It is not yet clear if the faithful can use the stations as markers for the Station of the Cross considering the limitations for movement under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

The Archdiocese of Cebu has also given an order recently that no Lenten activities that would gather people such as processions will be allowed this year.

Still, Rama said they will coordinate with the archdiocese to allow the Station of the Cross so residents in the area who want to conduct their penitential prayers will no longer have to go to the churches to do so.

The blessings of these stations will be conducted on Palm Sunday, March 29, 2021, and Rama hopes these will serve as a reminder for Cebuano Catholics to sacrifice and pray during Lent even if the major activities are either suspended or done virtually. /rcg



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