Cardinal Tagle lauds ‘The Messiah’ musical

MANILA– “The Messiah”, a Jamaican reggae musical, opened in Manila on Friday, gaining an ecstatic response from the crowd including Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.

The musical received a standing ovation after its first showing at the Star Theatre in Pasay City with the cardinal noting how the characters “have been treated with so much compassion, love, and mercy”.

“Every movement, every dance, every note was done executed with love specially for the poor whom Jesus love,” Tagle said.

Produced by the Missionaries of the Poor and was first shown in Jamaica in 2012, the musical looks into the life and work of Jesus.

For its Manila show, the musical features some of its original casts including MOP’s founder, Father Richard Ho Lung, and more than 70 local actors, singers and dancers.

Fr. Lung was the recipient of the 2016 Nelson Mandela Human Rights Achievement Sunshine Award in New York, USA, for his service to humanity, especially to the poor.

“No matter how often the story is told and no matter what form the story is presented to us, it never fails to touch us because it is about love, love eternal,” Tagle said.

“And it is never finished and it will continue and hopefully through us the Messiah will again become flesh in love, in concrete actions of love,” he added.

Over the years, the MOP have been assisting the poor and destitute across the world by staging theatre productions to raise funds.

In the Philippines, all proceeds are in aid of their works with the poor and homeless, and the completion of the Divine Mercy Apostolate Center in San Andres Bukid, Manila.

The musical will have its last three more shows in Manila scheduled on March 17 to 19. For more details, the MOP can be reached through mobile numbers: 09292104586, 09215690800, and 09064583257. CBCPNews