Seminarians’ play tackles EJKs, priest killings

Seminarians’ play tackles EJKs, priest killings

The Our Lady of the Angels Seminary (OLAS) seminary foundation day featured “Ang Kamatayan ni Kamatayan,” a stage-play directed by Jonathan S. Oraño, Aug. 2, 2018.

By Mark Joy Guantero Basallajes

Aug. 8, 2018

Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City

Extra-judicial killings, murder of priests, rising inflation, injustice, and fake news. These were just some of the highlights of “Ang Kamatayan ni kamatayan,” a stage-play directed by Jonathan S. Oraño during the Our Lady of the Angels Seminary (OLAS) seminary foundation day in this city on Aug. 2.

“The play that I wrote is about the social issues here in our country every character is symbolic, and it will challenge us to use our rights and to fight for our lives in this time of political persecution,” said Oraño in Filipino.

According to him, the comedy-drama aims to become a wake-up call to Filipinos.

Speaking up

“This is a perspective we want to share with Filipinos who are anxious, whose fears overcome them, [and who] don’t want to act despite human rights and our rights as Filipinos being trampled on. Citizens and all sectors of society are suffering,” Oraño explained in Filipino.

He then challenged the public to reflect on the play’s deeper meaning. “We need to act. When are we speaking up, when we are all in jail?”

Thankful for 56 years

Meanwhile, seminary rector Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM expressed gratitude for this year’s celebration of the seminary’s 56th foundation anniversary. Founded in 1962, the seminary will be preparing soon for its 60th anniversary.

“…(W)e must thank God as He continues to guide our seminary…Truly, this year is a year of grace, it is a year of thanksgiving to our Lord and truly, this is a gift even to our community and to all of us celebrating as a family here…For this year’s celebration, we praise and thank God,” said Sulse.