Guimaras cancels annual Lent spectacle ‘Pagtaltal’

Guimaras cancels annual Lent spectacle ‘Pagtaltal’

first_img“Pagtaltal sa Balaan Bukid”, which runs for three hours from 12noon to 3 p.m., has evolved from being a stage play to a street drama. Good Friday this year is April 10. The cancellation of “Pagtaltal” is part of the provincialgovernment’s precautionary measures against COVID-19. “Pagtaltal sa Balaan Bukid” has over 100 actors in period costumesfollowed by devotees as they walk for more than two kilometers passing 14Stations of the Cross before reaching the mountain top. It starts with the triumphant approach of Jesus Christ toJerusalem portrayed at the plaza in Jordan’s Barangay Poblacion, and ends with“Pieta” at the highest point of Guimaras at the Balaan Bukid Shrine in BarangayBalcon Melliza. Gumarin recently issued an executive order “temporarily suspendingthe entry and/or tours of guests from Metro Manila and those from other areasin the Philippines with localized COVID-19 transmission.” Read part of Gumarin’s executive order: “It is further orderedthat Guimaras residents who came from Metro Manila and other areas which havelocal COVID-19 transmission may be allowed to enter provided they shall undergomandatory self-quarantine for 20 days under the supervision of the rural healthunit concerned.” Now on its 45th year, “Pagtaltal sa Balaan Bukid” in Jordan, Guimarashas been cancelled due to the threat posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Photo by Belle Piccio Via Choose Philippines ILOILO City – The annual Holy Week presentation “Pagtaltal saBalaan Bukid” in the island province of Guimaras has been cancelled due to thethreat posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “Pagtaltal” in Hiligaynon means “to remove”, thus the street dramaends with the removal of the crucified Jesus Christ from the cross and laid inthe arms of His grieving mother Mary. According to Gumarin, the play attracts at least 50,000 pilgrimsand tourists every Good Friday of the Lenten season but the provincialgovernment has deemed it wise to forego the activity this year to protectpublic health. Now on its 45th year, “Pagtaltal sa Balaan Bukid” in Jordan,Guimaras is an open-air passion play on the death of Jesus Christ. There are COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila and some provinces.Gumarin mentioned Taguig, Pasig, Marikina, San Juan, Quezon, Makati, Las Piñas,Rizal, Cavite, San Jose Del Monte (Bulacan), New Clark City (Capas, Tarlac),Negros Oriental, Lanao del Sur, and Batangas. Gov. Samuel Gumarin announced the cancellation yesterday. The executive order will remain in effect until revoked or lifted,said Gumarin./PNlast_img


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