Palo all set for ‘Pamalandong 2018’
Rev. Fr. Gilbert Urbina, Palo Cathedral Parish priest (left) reveals preparations for the “Pamalandong 2018” on Good Friday at the Palo Cathedral, during a press conference Tuesday, March 27. Also seen in photo are Fr. Chris Militante, archdiocesan media director, and Dr. Leo Calonia, Palo RHU officer (right). NESTOR ABREMATEA
By Nestor Abrematea
March 29, 2018
The Archdiocese of Palo announced that everything is in place for the annual “Pamalandong 2018” or re-enactment of the Lord’s Passion, at the Palo Metropolitan Cathedral grounds on Good Friday, March 30.
Fr. Gilbert Urbina, Palo Cathedral rector, said arrangements for the yearly re-enactment are already in place with the help of the local government of Palo through Mayor Remedios L. Petilla.
The priest said this year’s re-enactment title means “tanggal”, meaning “to remove”, as it is the real meaning of Christ’s death on the cross.
Also, the venue of the “tanggal” has been moved to the front of the Palo cathedral instead of at the back.
Fr. Chris Al Militante, Palo archdiocesan media director, said priests from the eight vicariates of the archdiocese will share their reflections on Christ’s seven last words on the cross.
According to Maribel Moron Sevilla, the play’s director, the holding of “Pamalandong” or re-enactment of Christ’s passion and death can be traced back to 1974 with the late Mgsr. Ben Sabillo who made the script of the first re-enactment.
Palo RHU Officer Dr. Leo Calonia advised devotees trekking to the Ginhangdan Hills to eat first and bring water while discouraging small children and pregnant women from going up the hill as it could be detrimental to their health.
Calonia said they will be deploying health personnel on the hill to provide first aid to the faithful who might need it.
With the help of the local police, Calonia said they will strictly forbid smoking in the area and on the Palo cathedral grounds to implement Executive Order No. 26.
The “Pamalandong” or re-enactment draws hundreds of Catholic devotees from various parishes in Leyte and Samar as well as local and foreign tourists.
Palo Archbishop John F. Du led the Chrism Mass at the Palo Cathedral on Holy Thursday morning as priests renewed their priestly vows.