Calungsod musical culminates National Laity Week

MANILA—A musical show on the life of the upcoming second Filipino saint, Blessed Pedro Calungsod will culminate the week-long celebration of the National Laity Week.

The musical, which highlights the life and examples of the young Filipino martyr, is meant to serve as an inspiration to the laity.

The National Commission for the Canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod together with the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas and the University of Santo Tomas have organized the musical event called “Araw ng Katolikong Laiko, pagpupugay kay San Lorenzo at Beato Pedro”.

In a Church-organized forum, Ms. Giovanna Fontanilla of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Public Affairs Office said, the show will grace three major events on September 28, the closing of the Catholic Laity Week, the Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz, and the welcoming of the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod.

Prior to the Calungsod musical, a mass will be presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle at 2 p.m. followed by a conference on Lay Spirituality at 3:30 p.m.

Fontanilla also said a painting exhibition which is open to everybody will take place before the Mass.

On display will be the works of art of the Angono painters that were presented to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle early this month, she added.

The show is an adaptation from a 1995 musical focusing on the life of Blessed Pedro leading to his canonization with TV actor Makisig Morales portraying the role of Pedro Calungsod.

With free admission, organizers hope the musical will inspire the public to pay tribute to the next Filipino saint by imitating his life and examples.

UST Education Auditorium will be venue of the show on Friday, September 28. (Jandel Posion)