A powerful play on the Passion of the Christ at Balaan Bukid, Jordan, Guimaras on Good Friday


Story by Ronelo S. Ladiao
Photos by Jeehan Fernandez

“Pagtaltal sa Guimaras” which has placed the mango country in the global tourism map stemmed from the divine passion of Aquilino Secusana, fondly called Tay Quiling, 37 years ago.

“Pagtaltal,” literally means “to remove from the cross” depicts Christ’s ministry, condemnation, and crucifixion portrayed by devoted cast from Guimaras this Lenten season.

Tay Quiling, 76, then a street vendor and tricycle driver is the brilliant man who founded “Pagtaltal” that has carved a deep mark in the history of Guimaras and its religious devotion to Christ’s sufferings.

In the late 1950s, Tay Quiling was inspired by his involvement to Church activities in Manila especially his devotion to Virgin Mary that led him to present his proposed religious activity to Fr. Melecio Rubrico, parish priest of Jordan and Mayor Luis Herrera who was the political leader of the town during that time.At…

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