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Volume 2 | No. 33 | Cagayan de Oro City | April 12-20, 2014

Philippine Religious Drama Aesthetics



hilippines’ colonial past with the Spaniards brought many influences that colored our cultural and artistic traditions. In the essay titled Dulaan An Essay on Philippine Theater in the book Tuklas Sining Essays on The Philippine Arts, Nicanor G Tiongson mentioned that plays with Spanish influence: Komedya, Sinakulo and the Pasyon are part of the development of Philippine Theater. With the evangelization of Christianity among the native Filipinos during the Spanish colonization, dramas were used as powerful tools for

‘Christianization.’ These dramas are known as secular and religious plays. These secular plays and religious plays were held to celebrate liturgical seasons like advent and lent (Tiongson, 1991). These secular and religious plays include the Komedya, Moro-Moro, Komedya de San Miguel, Yawa-Yawa, Pasion y Muerte, Panunuluyan, Pastores, Bakahan, Moriones, Pasyon a recitation of the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ (as mentioned above) and the Salubong during Easter Sunday. PASYON

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Celebrate Lent with BELIEVE AND RELATE TODAY Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo by HOBART SAVIOR


ent is a religious season when all Christians remember the venerable life, suffering and death of Christ, the Savior of mankind and the world. Lent, is a commemoration to Jesus Christ’s last week on earth. It is also observed by many religious Christians who prepare themselves in understanding, contemplating and celebrating the death and resurrection of Christ. Lent starts with Ash Wednesday. This marks the humbling of oneself for penance, sacrifice and fasting. The ash is also used to symbolize ones readiness for deep reflection and repentance of sins. One of the significant events during lent is Palm Sunday, and this marks the beginning of the Holy Week. Palm Sunday signifies the joyful acceptance of the people of Jerusalem of Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry to Jerusalem. The people who celebrate this event bring with them palm leaves that are blessed by priests during Palm Sunday masses. In the article Holy Week: Filipino Style, it was mentioned that these palm leaves are used to ward off evil spirits. Maundy Thursday is one important day of the Holy Week. On the night of Maundy Thursday, Christ had His last supper with His apostles.

The said last supper serves as a celebration of Passover. During this night also, Christ washed the feet of His apostles which extends His humility of service and cleansing. During this night also, Christ was held captive and was brought to Caiaphas. Good Friday on the other hand is the suffering, crucifixion and death of Christ which fulfills the salvation plan of God to mankind. The reading of the Passion is always done during Good Friday as celebration of the Liturgy of the Word. Moreover, Lent ends with the resurrection of Jesus Christ; this is called Easter Sunday. His resurrection affirms that He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. This commemoration also strengthens the faith that is built by Jesus Christ’s teachings as He served the world as the son of God. In the Philippines, Lent is celebrated in various ways. The usual masses in preparation for the season include Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and the Holy Week’s mass celebrations. Apart from these, folk dramas and public performances are held that depict Filipinos’ communal sense of religiosity and deeper faith in God. Reenactments of the Pasyon, Via

Crusis and Siete Palabras are held as part of the celebration. Various places in the Philippines have their own special staging of any of the religious dramas. For example, Sta Isabel in Malolos Bulacan stages The Palm Sunday Osana. In Paete, Laguna presents the Way of the Cross or Via Crucis. In Marinduque, people witness the Moriones which tells the legend of Longinus whose faith in God was attained when he cured from blindness by the blood of Christ. And in Medina, Misamis Oriental, the Hinuklog Festival showcases Ang Pasyon ni Kristo a Street Play. These places or communities show or prove that the Philippines is known as a Christian or a Catholic country. And this year’s lent, Xavier University through its repertory company, The Xavier Stage, brings back the Pasyon tradition which was led by Cagayan de Oro Theater Arts in 1973 and 1974. COTA’s production was titled Pulong ug Kahayag which was produced by the late Fr Francisco Demetrio SJ through the outreach program of the Philippine Educational Theater Association. The PETA Team came over in 1972 with Mr Lutgardo Labad, Fr Francisco Demetrio Awardee on Culture and Arts, who conducted series of theater workshops. Pulong ug Kahayag was developed


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o you have any unfinished business? Are their evidences of unfinished business in this world? Look around you and definitely you will notice that there are many unfinished things in this world. One researcher visited South Dakota and learned that the sculptor named Gutzon Borglum, never finished his work. He noticed that he spent more time on George Washington than he did on the other three presidents. That’s because he originally planned to extend the figures of each president down into the chest area. But he never lived long enough to see his dream through to completion. After the sculptor’s death his son continued his work for a few months, but he ran out of money. Millions of tourists have visited since then, but Mount Rushmore for all its grandeur remains an unfinished work of art. This researcher continues to observe while a well-known singer appears with the Boston Pops Orchestra at a great 4th of July celebration.


and written by Fr Renato Javellana SJ, Alfonso Sun, Nanette Roa, Margie Torre, Ludivina Opena and Oscar Caina, and it was directed by Maryo J de los Reyes, Frank Rivera, Brenda Fajardo and Jojo Purisima. The Xavier Stage’s Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo uses the adaptation of Prof Linda Manalo. This is a stage production that uses theater semiology and perhaps, next year the company will carry out the COTA tradition of mounting Pulong ug Kahayag as a street play. Leading the cast for The Xavier Stage’s Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo is Carl Cyril Manere who plays as Jesus. Other artists include Ms Ma Veronica Bing large (Mother Mary), Rosell Velez (Judas), Arniel Bo Daluz (Pilate), Giovanni Tampus (Annas), Roger Garcia (Peter), Rhea Arroyo (Mary Magdalene), Reynald Mangao (Jhon the Beloved) and the rest of the members of The Xavier Stage actors’ pool. Managing the production is Josey Rex Soriano while Noli Paglinawan serves as Stage Manager. Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo will be shown on April 16-17, 2014 with matinee shows at 3:30 pm and gala shows at 7:00 pm at the XU Little Theater. Admission is FREE. This production is The Xavier Stage’s contribution to Xavier University Triduum.



The audience numbers in the tens of thousands. The closing number-a song he hadn’t heard it in 20 years- was “Let There be Peace on Earth.” The crowd held hands and swayed back and forth as she sang, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” He says it was a moving sight to see so many earnest voices singing what is essentially a prayer for peace. But just a flick of the channel showed how far we are from “the peace that was meant to be.” The screen transported them to some faraway land where tanks were blasting away and men were marching off to war. It was a solemn reminder that the quest for peace is just that–a quest and not a finished journey. With so much killing in the world, the singer’s voice was like a midsummer night’s dream. The search for lasting peace on earth is another bit of unfinished business. Let’s go local. Do you remember the famous young actor who died in 2002? Who would have thought that Rico Yan would be found dead by his friend the next day in his cottage?

Suddenly he was gone at age 27. Many of us Filipinos at that time watched his televised Funeral. Unfinished business? A lot. That must be our worst fear, to die before our time ... dying too early ,dying to soon, die with work unfinished, die with dreams unfulfilled. We all know what it’s like don’t we? All of us have unfinished things cluttering in the highway of life- the half read book, letters/emails started but never sent, exercise/diet regimen not finished, the to do list that never gets done but it could be more serious than that ... the abandoned child, the wrecked marriage, bills never paid, promises never kept. All of us go through life leaving behind a trail of unfinished projects and unfulfilled dreams. How few there are who can come to the end of life and say, “I finished exactly what I set out to do.” There’s only one man in history who finished exactly what he was set to do and his name is Jesus Christ.

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Let’s look back. It was Friday in Jerusalem and a huge crowd has gathered at the place called Skull Hill. It was on the north side of the city, just outside the Damascus Gate, and located by the side of a well-traveled road. The Romans liked to hold their crucifixions in public places. Killing people in public had a salutary effect on the masses. This particular crucifixion started at 9 a.m. For three hours everything proceeded normally. Then at exactly 12 noon, the sky went black. Not overcast, but pitch black, so black that you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. For three hours darkness fell across the city of Jerusalem. There were screams, hideous cries, moans, and other unidentifiable sounds.


Then, just as suddenly as it started, the darkness lifted, disappeared, vanished, and sanity returned to the earth. One glance at the middle cross made it clear that this man Jesus would not last much longer. He looked dead already. His body quivered uncontrollably, his chest heaving with every tortured breath. The soldiers knew from long experience that he wouldn’t make it to sundown. For three hours darkness fell across the city of Jerusalem. Then it happened. He shouted something-"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Someone in the crowd shouted back to him. Moments passed, death drew near, then a hoarse whisper, “I thirst.” The soldiers put some sour vinegar on a sponge and lifted it to his lips with a stalk of hyssop.

He moistened his lips and took a deep breath. If you listened you could hear the death rattle in his throat. He had less than a minute to live. Then he spoke again. It was a quick shout. Just one word. If you weren’t paying attention, you missed it in all the confusion. Then he breathed out another sentence. Then he was dead. What was that shout? In Greek it is only one word . . . Tetelestai . . . “It is finished.” The price of sin was paid in full. The question is Do you believe? “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have an everlasting life.” – John 3:16

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Higaonon Tribe to try turning aquatic weeds to revenue resources By Oliver Badel Inodeo,DSWD Cagayan de Oro City --- In a serene and interior village of Pagalungan, some 45 minutes ride from downtown here, cradles a Higaonon Tribe community of this city. The tribal community relies on corn, rice, root crops, bananas, among others for their staple food and from a small lake for tilapia and carp fish supply and a freshwater lobster locally known as ulang. Datu Rosalino Aguio Manlinombay, the tribal leader of the community, disclosed that the small lake is important to their community because it is the breeding place of thousands of tilapia and carp fingerlings he cultured this year. It also becomes the source of tap water for washing and bathing of some households living near the lake. Not only that, the lake in this mining village also grows water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), a free-floating perennial plant with dark green leave blades which varies from circular to elliptical in shape attached to a spongy, inflated petiole. The lake is one of the two bodies of fresh water in this city that grows mats of water hyacinth. The other is in urban area of this city; along the silted river bank of Cagayan de Oro River located in Balacanas, Consolacion village. Threats of water hyacinth The tribal community did not recognize the imminent threat of the water hyacinth that abound in their lake. Unknown to the community, the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources has considered the aquatic plant as pest and water pollutant as it invades and chokes up waterways causing flood and problems to the locals and the environment. Further, it provides a growing field for mosquitoes and screens off sunlight that is required by aquatic flora and fauna. Recently, a tribe member who is a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary disclosed that he has a low catch for months now compared

to several years before. However, he attributed the low catch from the siltation and shallowing of the lake, and not to the spread of mats of water hyacinth over the lake. Studies show that water hyacinth is a very aggressive invader and can form thick mats. If these mats cover the entire surface of the rivers they can cause oxygen depletion and fish kills. Besides, water hyacinth has no known direct food value to wildlife and is considered a pest species. Studies also revealed that water loss can be as much as 1.8 times that of evaporation from waterways free of these plants; access to sites becomes difficult when weed infestation is present; fish populations decrease as water begins to lose oxygen and sunlight; populations of crocodiles and snakes increase; and in areas where fishermen are barely able to sustain themselves from this industry, this is an economic disaster. Also, when water hyacinth thrives, it will compete with other aquatic plants. This causes an imbalance in the micro‐ecosystem resulting in reduced flora and the fauna that depend on it. Localized water quality also deteriorates which may be harmful to people who rely on the waterway for drinking water. Making water hyacinth beneficial Recently, the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao through the Sustainable Livelihood Program and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program; in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development of Cagayan de Oro; Department of Tourism; Villar Foundation; Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association; and the barangay council of Pagalungan made an ocular inspection at the lake to identify a processing site for dried petioles of water hyacinth which will be waved into mats, bags, slippers, and other products. Nathaniel Palalay II of Villar Foundation promised to Datu Rosalino Aguio Manlinombay that they will provide trainings for

production and marketing of the finished products of water hyacinth. The foundation will also provide to the tribal community machines for the processing of dried stalks of water hyacinth for production of baskets, bags, mats, among others. The Villar Foundation is committed to the preservation and conservation of the environment and ensuring the sustainability of its environmental programs through the establishment of social enterprises that will lead the path towards economic independence for every Filipino. Datu Aguio Manlinombay said he is happy with the proposed project because women, mostly Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, will no longer be idle and be engaged illegally in panning for gold in his village. For her part, Project Officer Charlita Ladera of the Department of Tourism of Northern Mindanao said DOT will help the promotion of the finish product of the Higaonon Tribe. Nollie Arguelles of COHARA promised to the community that restaurants and hotels in this city will patronize the product of the community and promote these to their clients. The community has 119 Pantawid Pamilya households under Set 5, 6, and 7 respectively. It has an additional 19 households for validation this coming April 24 under Set 7 Batch C. Village chief Rene Oporto, during the ocular inspection, expressed his gratefulness to DSWD Northern Mindanao for implementing Pantawid Pamilya and SLP programs in his barangay. A literature from the International Development Research Center (IDRC) said water hyacinths have been used as raw material for agricultural fertilizers, animal feeds, biogas, paper, board, and even construction materials. The plant can also be used in controlling water pollution because it is capable of quickly absorbing heavy metals in water.

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Children belonging to Higaonon Tribe in Barangay Pagalungan, Cagayan de Oro City enjoy swimming at the lake of the village to cool off their bodies from the scorching heat of the sun this summer. The lake has abundant supply of water hyacinth which will be used for bags, mats, slippers, and baskets for the livelihood of the community as DSWD, DOT, Villar Foundation, CSWD, Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurants Association, and Pagalungan Barangay Council agreed to establish a water hyacinth processing site in the area. (Photo by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao)


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Topping telcos worldwide with the most number of nominations

Globe named among Asia’s best in 17th Telecom Asia Awards


ominating this year’s Telecom Asia Awards with the most number of nominations across telcos worldwide, Globe Telecom’s consumer offers have been recognized as among the best in Asia after three (3) products were shortlisted as finalists in the awardgiving body. Globe Free Zone, a product launched by Globe in partnership with Google, was nominated as Most Innovative Telecom Project. Globe was the world’s first telecom operator to offer prepaid and TM subscribers access to Google Search, Gmail, and Google+ without data charges on their feature phones and smartphones via Globe Prepaid GoUNLI30 was also named finalist in the Most Innovative Partnership Strategy category, with Globe tapping major global over-thetop (OTT) players to offer a world-first product bundle that allows prepaid subscribers to send unlimited texts to all networks, make unlimited calls to Globe & TM users, and get unlimited access to instant messaging and chat applications Viber, Facebook Messenger, KakaoTalk, WeChat, WhatsApp, Line and GMessage without data charges. Finally, the telco’s broadband brand Tattoo was also shortlisted as one of the finalists in the Best Broadband Carrier category. In 2013, Globe sourced much of its growth from its broadband business, with revenues growing to P10.4 billion, up 20% compared to 2012. The outstanding revenue performance of the broadband business resulted from the continued aggressive acquisition campaigns, attractive pricing offers, and innovative product bundles for its Nomadic and At-Home services. “Coming from a successful run at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain earning Globe important milestones, we are once thankful with another round of citations from the prestigious Telecom Asia Awards, testifying to the impact that Globe has made globally over the last few years,” said Peter Bithos, Chief Operating Advisor at Globe. “Globe is once again leading the forefront of telecoms innovation worldwide with gamechanging products that will connect Filipinos wherever they are.” Rounding up the list of the telco’s finalist nominations are the Globe Business CloudPayroll in the Best CloudBased Service category, Talk2Globe in the Most Advanced Approach to CEM category, Globe Telecom in the Best Emerging Markets Carrier category, and Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu in the Telecom CEO of the Year category. “The volume and quality of submissions from telcos definitely shot up this year. I’ve been inundated with queries for two months,” said Telecom Asia group editor Joseph Waring. “This response has given judges more specific data in which to base their nominations.” Final selection is made by an independent panel of industry experts, who will cast votes on the basis of innovation, financial performance, technology, market leadership and corporate governance. Now on its 17th year, the awards are the region’s longest-running and most prestigious telecom industry awards. They reward innovative and outstanding performance by Asian service providers and industry executives.



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World Class education awaits Filipino Scholars


he New Zealand Embassy is once again inviting eligible students from the Philippines to apply for postgraduate developmentrelated studies at a tertiary institution in New Zealand through the New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship program. The New Zealand ASEAN Scholars (NZAS) awards are open to qualified candidates from the public, private, and civil society sectors who want to pursue further studies

in the fields of agriculture, tourism, governance, public sector, trade, development, disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, and renewable energy. An indicative allocation of 18 scholarships is made available for Filipinos who desire to obtain a postgraduate degree in New Zealand commencing in 2015. Applicants will be selected on merit, including the development benefits

of their proposed course of study. Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate leadership qualities and potential for future leadership. Priority will also be given to applicants who have demonstrated high academic achievements especially in their undergraduate degree. The program aims to empower individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute

to the economic, social, and political development of the ASEAN region. The scholarships are funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme for postgraduate study at New Zealand institutions in the subject areas most needed for the development of your country. Applications for the 2014 scholarships close on 15 July 2014. Further information, including eligibility and application form, can be found

at the New Zealand Embassy website http://www.aid.govt. nz/funding-and-contracts/ scholarships/eligiblecountries/philippines

For further queries or clarifications, please contact Ms. Reina P. Lino, NZAS Programme Administrator of Bato Balani Foundation Inc. at (632) 8925462 or e-mail

Join Primavera Residences’ Earth Day photo contest


mateur photographers in Cagayan de Oro have until April 22 to submit their entries for Primavera Residences' Earth Day photography contest. Dubbed "Living Green in a Modern World," the contest is in celebration of Earth Day on the 22nd and is organized by Primavera Residences, an ecofriendly mixed-use property in Cagayan de Oro. Primavera Residences' green photography contest is open to all amateur photographers in Cagayan de Oro. Entries must be based on the

theme and showcase green living and sustainable projects in the region. A preliminary judging will happen on April 22 until the 25th based on a criteria set by the organizer. Ten of the best entries will be unveiled at a public photo exhibit in the Primavera booth at SM City CDO on April 25. The unveiling will also coincide the booth's re-launching in SM City CDO. The ten selected entries will be further trimmed down to three on a second round of judging happening on April 25 until May 3. Awarding


of the winners will be on May 3 at a gala dinner within the premises of Primavera Residences. Attractive prizes await the winners, including a two-night luxurious stay at Primavera Residences, an opportunity to showcase the winner's portfolio on the Primavera blog, and a spread at the Primavera newsletter. Judges for the contest will compose of officials from Primavera Residences, prominent professional photographers in Cagayan de Oro, and members of the Cagayan de Oro press and bloggers community. For the complete mechanics of the

contest, visit the Primavera blog at: Primavera Residences is a twintower, mid-rise green property situated within the Pueblo de Oro Business Park. Its first tower was completed in 2012 and comprise of studio, one-bedroom and twobedroom units ready for occupancy. The second tower is slated to be completed on September this year.

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Miss Teen Philippines Northern Mindanao Regional Finalists Esel Pabillaran, Heintze Crile Malack, Reyna Rose Abriol, Alexa Patriana and Nicole Inovero. Photo Courtesy of Roger Nazar Lactao PASYON

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In the book The Cambridge Guide to Theatre, edited by Martin Banham, it is mentioned that religious customs including dramatizations were introduced by the Spaniards in attempt to replace folk rituals. These performances or religious dramatizations of Lenten play senakulo intended to promote Christianity, and these had been significantly ascribed as part of ‘powerful events in community life.’ These performances are still mounted during Holy Week like that of The Xavier Stage, Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo which is on April 16-17, 2014 at the Xavier University Little Theater. These influences are successful points for the Spaniards to introduce Christianity in the Philippines. As it is noted, the Philippines is Asia’s predominantly Christian or Catholic country. One remarkable performance during Holy Week is the recitation MYPHONE

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of the Pasyon usually during Good Friday as this is the day when Christ suffered and died on the cross for the sins of the world. In the article Lent and Moriones, Bernard Billedo mentioned that the Pasyon is written in Tagalog, but there are translations in other Philippine languages like ‘Pampango, Ilocano, Pangasinan, Bicol, Ilongo, Cebuano and Waray.’ He also mentioned that other lumad tribes like the Ibanag and Itawes of Cagayan Valley, the Gaddang of Nueva Vizcaya and among the Cuyunon of Palawan have versions of the Pasyon narrative. This is also true in the comparative study of Fr Rene B Javellana SJ titled The Cebuano “Pasyons” – a study of the Texts at Xavier University and at the University of San Carlos and a Comparison with two tagalong Texts. Fr Rene Javellana (1984), contended that Cebuano Pasyon texts may have used the Tagalog

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Text as the source, but the Cebuano Pasyon stands in itself as a genre of the Pasyon which is true to the source. The translation is the author’s rework that emerges his own understanding about Jesus. However, Javellana pointed out that Cebuano Pasyon lacks aral which is the spine that points out the value of faithfulness and repentance. The lack of aral makes the Cebuano Pasyon lacks coherence and ‘emotional retelling as it is in the Tagalog text.’ Pasyon is not only recited, but it is also performed as a content of the senakulo performances. These performances contribute to the definition of the Filipino as a religious community. One may ask, what identifies the Filipino with the recitations or with the performances of the Pasyon. In the book The Jesus of Asian Women, Muriel OrevilloMontenegro emphasized the women who sing the Pasyon have MSTEEN

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important roles of passing on the ‘Filipino tradition of reading, singing, and reenacting the passion story of Jesus…’ On the other hand, one may notice why Filipinos identify themselves with the suffering of Christ. Marco Garrido, in his article The Pasyon of the Philippines, mentioned that the Filipinos put the Pasyon close to their hearts because the Filipinos see themselves in it. The pasyon is an allegory that reveals Filipinos’ identity and destiny as a people. Garrido mentioned the point of William Esposo, a Philippine Daily Inquirer Columnist, who said that Filipinos associate to the passion of Christ as their own continuous agony and crucifixion as these signal the tale of Filipinos being abused, exploited and oppressed. It is evident that most Filipinos believe on suffering and redemption. Related to Christ’s purpose of suffering, death and resurrection, the Filipinos strongly

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Celebrity hairstylist Jing Monis, the first ever Miss Teen Philippines (2004) and GMA contract star and top commercial model Stephanie Mae Sol, Department of Tourism Regional Director Butch Chan, and DepEd Education Program Supervisor Joy Legaspi Sabanpan led the panel of judges. They asked the girls tough questions and five finalists bested the other candidates in answering the judges’ queries with their wit and charm. Miss Teen Philippines 2014 endeavors to bring together young women from all over the country who are not only beautiful, but also confident, articulate and passionate about championing education as an enabler for teens. The five finalists will join twenty five ladies from all over the country to compete for the crown of Miss Teen Philippines 2014 during the Pageant

identify themselves as sinners, and that because of their penance and through the veneration of the cross, the Filipinos will have their redemption through the fervent faith. In the article Pasyon Plays by an anonymous author, it is said that the reflection of suffering and death on the Pasyon is a byproduct of the Filipinos colonial experience. In Garrido’s article, in the Spanish regime, ‘Filipino peasants saw Christ’s suffering not only as an inspiration to endure but also to rebel.’ As one community, Filipinos see the Pasyon as a point of reflection to repent for their sins and attain redemption and salvation through Christ’s death and resurrection. Catch The Xavier Stage’s Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo on April 16-17, 2014, 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the XU Little Theater. Admission is free.

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