Friday, March 23, 2012
QUEZON City, March 23, 2012—The Dominican Province of the Philippines (DPP) will again be holding the Siete Palabras at the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City on April 6 with the same theme as last year: “Ang Pasyong Mahal sa Buhay ni Juan.”
Fr. Christopher Jeffrey Aytona, OP, chairman of the DPP Media Board, said the organizers intend to stress that Christian religion is a significant part of the Filipino culture.
“Siete Palabras also reminds us of what we should appreciate and continue, like how we express our beliefs,” he said.
To be featured in Siete Palabras 2012 is the recitation of the “Pasyon,” which is one of the most popular Catholic devotion during Lent.
A live telecast of the Lenten special will be aired by GMA-7, with a simultaneous broadcast by Radio Veritas 846 on Good Friday.
The main highlight of the event will be the reflections of the Dominican fathers on the Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ–“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34); “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:43); “Woman, behold your Son: Behold your mother” (John 19:26-27); “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34); “I thirst” (John 19:28); “It is finished” (John 19:30); and “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46).
Preachers are Fr. Napoleon Encarnacion, OP; Fr. Nilo Lardizabal, OP; Fr. Enrico Gonzales, OP; Fr. Winston Cabading OP; Fr. Eugenio Cabillon, OP; Fr. Filemon Dela Cruz, Jr., OP; and Fr. Florentino Bolo, Jr., OP.
Liturgical presentations will be presented by the Letran Filipiniana Dance Company, the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, the Mandaluyong Children’s Choir, the Sto. Domingo Male Chorale, and the Tiples de Santo Domingo.
Testimonials about their faith will be shared by former ambassador to the Vatican Henrietta de Villa; Letty Syquia (mother of Fr. Jocis Syquia, the director of the Archdiocese of Manila’s Office of Exorcism); veteran comedienne-singer Elizabeth Ramcey, TV producer Tak Barrios; and renowned director Laurice Guillen.
Siete Palabras, the longest-running Lenten special on Philippine TV, is a collaborative project of DPP’s Provincial Media Board, the Santo Domingo Convent, and the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag, Pangasinan. Major partners in this event include the University of Santo Tomas and the Rhythm Sound & Light Trading Corporation.
Other sponsors are Angelicum College–QC, Colegio de San Juan de Letran–Manila, Security and Credit Investigation, Lorenzo C. Reyes Laboratory, and Cross Over 105.1. (Levine Andro H. Lao)
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