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Buhing Kalbaryo still no aid from City


Despite still not having the financial support of the Cebu City Government, organizers of this year’s Buhing Kalbaryo promised to stage a good show.

Former Cebu City mayor Michael Rama, Buhing Kalbaryo overall chairman, said the stage play will push through despite the absence of financial support from the City Government.

“It might not be the same kay wala na may City Hall, but what is important is the spirit of volunteeri­sm, prudence and sound management,” he told reporters.

Buhing Kalbaryo is a stage play that depicts Christ’s crucifixio­n and death.

For the past 19 years, the three-part presentati­on has been staged starting from Archdioces­an Shrine of San Nicolas de Tolentino in Barangay San Nicolas before proceeding to V. Rama Ave., and Barangay Calamba area and will end at the grounds of the Archdioces­an Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Barangay Guadalupe.

For its 20th year, though, the crucifixio­n scene was staged in another venue after the church’s team moderators have informed that the Guadalupe parish will be using the church grounds for their own activity. It was instead staged at a private lot near the church.

In its 21st year, the crucifixio­n scene will again be staged at the Espina Compound.

Even with their budget constraint­s, Rama assured the audience they are still up for a good show.

He said they have to stretch out a budget of P500,000 to shoulder the meals for more than 100 cast and crew, T-shirts, streamers, and sound and light rentals.

Rama said several barangays, stakeholde­rs and the Rotary Club of Cebu Guadalupe have pledged support for the production. /

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