‘ Ang kalbaryo sang krus'
When you really think about it, the cross, rather than the heart, is the greatest symbol of love. After all, the heart will stop beating when life is done but the man on the cross will never stop loving until the end of time.
Year in and year out, the discipline of theater is called to task in dramatizing the passion of Christ so that we will never forget this one ultimate Christian sacrifice that marks the grace of salvation unique to Christianity.
The San Sebastian Parish presented Taltal 2015: “Ang Kalbaryo Sang Krus” (The Calvary of the Cross) on Good Friday, from 7 a.m. until noon. The play was in a road show format and began with Jesus being led out from the Sanhedrin, brought before Herod and before Pilate for his death sentence, and made to walk through the stations of the Calvary. It peaked with his crucifixion and death on the cross. The biblical characters of the story of Christ's passion were given high significance through dramatic monologue reflections that were spread out in different scenes, highlighting faithful testimonials and the 2015's Year of the Poor theme.
It is written in Hiligaynon and directed by Fundador Mytor Tipon II, with Fr. Felix Pasquin, rector of San Sebastian Cathedral, and Diocese of Bacolod Oeconomus, Fr. Mitchel Guadalupe, as executive producers.
It was interesting to note that as per tradition, the scenes and locations were held in different strategic locations of Bacolod proper. In Act I, t he Sanhedrin was in San Sebastian Cathedral facade, t he Betrayer in Gatuslao-Burgos Streets, t he Governor at the Provincial Capitol Building, t he King in the Negros Museum, and t he Judgment at the Provincial Capitol Building.
In Act II, the Calvary was in North Capitol Road-Lacson Street, t he Mother in Lacson-Burgos streets, t he Cyrenian in Lacson-Rizal streets, t he Wiper in Lacson-Hernaez streets, t he Poor in Hernaez-Araneta streets, t he Cross in Araneta-Luzurriaga streets, and t he Lamb at the Bacolod Public Plaza.
Kim Chauven Villaluna, who played the Christ, said, “Physically, I was tired but I am spiritually full. There were times when I wanted to give up on the road but the thought of Jesus enduring more that what I went through made me want to go on. I prayed for strength to finish the four-hour performance and I did. I wanted our people to reflect on Jesus' passion and death with faith for our salvation.”
The cast included Rowena Magsipoc (Mary), Felix Alegayda (Pilate), Gerhard Pagunsan (John), Lisette Baldeviso (Magdalene), Steve Madrid (Caiphas), Oliver Dondonay (Herod), Raymar Barrios (Simon of Cyrene) , Jay-r Perez (Peter), Lemuel Perez (Judas), Marianne Miñosa (Veronica), Daisy Magbanua (Barren Woman), Virginia Longa (Poor Woman), Peter Saturnino (Annas), Salvador Bonza (Centurion), and the Basic Christian Community of San Sebastian Cathedral.
Production lineup was comprised of Pasquin and Guadalupe (executive producers), Tipon II (script and direction), Kim Villaluna (assistant direction), Kristoffer Rodriguez (production design and technical direction), Jones Javier (sound design), Rey Valderrama (production management), Greg Valencia (stage management), Anne Tipon-Maquiran and Honey Calamohoy (wardrobe), Joven Gonzales and Nichole Esteban (props), Harold Calamohoy (character styling), Sandy Solinap (logistics), Bresilda Tinosan (food), Leo Tinosan (transportation), and Nikko Bataluna, John Rey Canlas, Julian Maquiran, Glenda Salanap, Juan Rey Salazar, Matthew Sandoval, and Marveric Veraguas (production assistants).
The production was realized through the effort and support of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., Mayor Monico Puentevella, Councilor Claudio Puentevella, Arielle Uychiat, Tanya Lopez, the Negros Dragon Motorcycle Club, Carlos Ganihong and Amity Volunteer Fire Brigade, and Barangay Captain Ronilo Cervales.
The photo documentation was by RDB Photography Club, with members Francisco Agtoto, Andro Nepomuceno Buison, Niel Bunda, Michael Angelo Cubos, Russel dela Torre, Ricky Noel Diancin Jr., Francis Espera, Jonchin Gegato, Belmar Perido, Alexandro Biason Ponteras, Kenneth Valladolid, and Mark Anthony Valladolid.*