The next Holy Week destination in NorMin

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Sunday, April 20, 2014


MEDINA, Misamis Oriental – The passion of Christ has been re-enacted again by the home grown talents in this town showcasing one component of its one town one product (Otop) scheme as tourism destination of the province.

Starting from the last supper on Maundy Thursday to the Crucifixion on Good Friday, the more than 250 actors and production staff of the group called the Lumadnong Magdudula sa Medina(Lumagmed), acted out the storyline of the sorrowful mysteries of the life of Jesus Christ on stage and on the streets.

The holding of the Holy Week event in this town started in the 70’s when the faithful of the San Isidro Labrador parish took the street as part of their evangelization. It was then the popular ‘Sinakulo’ of the Catholic church.

Through the years, the Sinakulo prospered as more volunteers participated in the re-enactment, thus it was locally renamed to the ‘Pasyon ni Kristo’ and in 2011 the ‘Hinuklog (Reflection)’ was organized.

Nelson Gasatan, 61, is the oldest member of the Lumagmed. He saw through the evolution of the re-enactment. He played the role of the Christ seven times starting in 1981.

Mylene Huerto, media coordinator, said that this year’s holding of the play is important for the town since it will showcase the tourism potential of the activity.

She said the holding of the Pasyon ni Kristo was stopped in 1991 for lack of logistical support. The event was revived in 2011, and Hinuklog came.

With the full support of the local government, the National Commission of the Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Fresh Fruit Ingredients Inc., the Department of Trade and Industry, the Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Service Cooperative 2, the Department of Education, San Isidro Labrador Parish Council, Medina Rural Water and Sanitation Cooperative, the Hinuklog event has become an institution.

Since its inception, Hinuklog participants underwent theater workshops to better their acting capability through the NCCA, which spent about P500,000 for the success of one of the town’s tourism attraction. It has one overall director and five scene directors.

The cast involves the out-of- school youth, tricycle drivers, students and other common folk of the town who take pride of their endeavor.

Hinuklog, a church based activity, is free of politics despite that the local government unit of the town is supportive of holding the yearly activity. It has its own council that plans out its course.

“While we cannot imitate what the Lord experienced, with Hinuklog, we can deepen the consciousness of our parishioners, the message that Jesus Christ imparted to the faithful,” said Filbert Reyes, Hinuklog overall director.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 20, 2014.

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