THE SENAKULO OF MORONG, RIZAL
The senakulo is a traditional Filipino
dramatization of the life and times of Jesus Christ. Done in song (pasyon)
and recitation, it is presented in the public squares in many towns during
From this original senakulo evolved the
modern drama form. The latter form was adapted in 1993 by the Pangkalinangang
Kilusan ng mga Taga-Morong (PAKITAMO), the local cultural society in Morong,
Rizal, for a more comprehensive presentation of the story.
The play entitled "Ang
Tagapagligtas" is largely based on the four gospels. It shows Christ's
nativity, His youth, His public ministry, suffering, death
and resurrection. Fictional characters and dialogues are used as
details to link the gaps left open in the Bible. The play is in three
acts - one act presented each night from Holy Wednesday to Good Friday.
A verse is sung in the traditional pasyon manner as prologue to each act.
PAKITAMO has organized a theater group
to undertake the annual presentation of the play at the town plaza. The
production cast and crew are composed of people from the different
barrios of Morong and include students and teachers, doctors and
laborers, other professionals and out of school youths.
Aside from its objective to develop
artistic talents, the PAKITAMO-produced senakulo aims to preserve
tradition, to promote brotherhood and to spread true Christian values through
the theatrical presentation of the New Testament.
The year 2005 marks the 12th year
of the new senakulo in Morong. With financial, material and moral
support from townmates and friends here and abroad, the senakulo
- a beautiful Filipino Christian tradition, a dramatization of the
story that changed the world - continues to be performed in Morong,