‘Los Pasos de Capiz’ exhibit opens for Capiztahan


by Mary Therese A. Encina & Ronnelyn B. Parohinog

In support for the week-long Capiz fiesta, paso owners joined together in opening the ‘Los Pasos de Capiz’ exhibit, showcasing different well-treasured pasos typically only used in the annual Good Friday procession.

Occupying Dinggoy Roxas Civic Center (DRCC) as organized by City Councilor Cora Balgos, ten pasos were displayed as the exhibit opened on April 10.

One of the pasos, Nuestra Señora de la Dolorosa (Our Lady of Sorrows) depicts the Blessed Mother on her intense misery, widely-known as her Seven Sorrows: the flight to Egypt, the loss and finding of the child Jesus in the temple, Mary’s meeting of Jesus on His way to Calvary, Mary standing at the foot of the cross when Jesus was crucified, her holding of Jesus when He was taken down from the cross; and Jesus’ burial.

Another one, Jesus con la Cruz a Cuestas (Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno) is believed to be hand-carved by the sculptors of Paete, Laguna before World War II, procured and commissioned by Don Gregorio Calinao and Doña Carmen Abalajon Calinao of McKinley St., Roxas City. It has found its home in the Tanque, an 1800 vintage water reservoir converted to a place of worship in 2009, during the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception. The place is now called Sanctuario de Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno.

Another carro is for Simon Cireneo Ayuda A Jesus (Simon helps Jesus carry the Cross) which is the depiction Simon of Cyrene who was compelled to carry Jesus’ cross. The paso was made in the early 1980’s as initiated by Maritess Gonzales with her mentally-challenged daughter as her inspiration. Seeing pasos being carved during her visit to Bulacan, she came home offering a sponsorship of creating a paso to Msgr. Fuerte who suggested that of “Simon of Cyrene”. With help from her parents, they had the pasos made in Bulacan.

Following this is the carro Jesus se Desnuda de sus Vestidos (Jesus is stripped of His garments) – It depicts Jesus’ nothingness, as symbolized by the stripping of his garments. It is also a reminder to Christians of their expulsion from the Paradise, with which the Christians were stripped of God’s magnificence, as their ‘first garment’. The paso came around five years ago as Mr. Manuel Jimenez granted Mr. Manuel Roxas, Jr.’s childhood wish. From then on, it has joined the yearly Good Friday procession.

La Oracion en el Huerto (The Agony in the Garden), equally important with the others, this paso depicts the beginning of Jesus’ sufferings. It is one of the oldest pasos to have participated in the Good Friday procession as was said to have existed before the Philippine Revolt against Spain. It was originally owned by Doña Eustaquia Alba, a spinster, who then turned it over to Don Canuto and Doña Dolores in Brgy. Dinginan, located at the outskirts of Roxas City. It has remained under their property until World War II. Unfortunately, the paso was destroyed during the great fire of the war. It was in the mid 50’s when her eldest daughter, Mercedes Fuentes commissioned to have it remade.

Loz Azotes de Jesucristo (Scourging at the Pillar) – This paso is a portrayal of the dolor that Jesus suffered for the love of the people. One of the oldest, it was assumed to have been made soon after the Capiz church was constructed in the final quarter of the 19th century. The statues of the paso were made in Mexico, Spain. It was indicated in its history that Don Abdon Ignacio obtained the paso from a Spanish friar who was with the parish of Capiz.

Also part of the exhibit, Segunda Caida (The Second Fall) – The paso represents the scene when Jesus fell to his knees on His way to Golgotha while carrying the cross. This paso was originally owned by Doña Manuela Consolacion. Its original carro, however, was burned during the Japanese occupation in Capiz.

Santo Entierro (The Burial of Jesus) – Santo Hierro, or Holy Burial, the 14th station, completes the way of the cross. As a consequence of the great fire caused by the Second World War, the church where the Santo Hierro was kept was burned. The post-war reconstruction was then commissioned by the late Msgr. Vicente Gonzales. The pre-war carro, however, was said to be made in Mexico in the late 19th century.

The pasos portraying La Coronacion de Espinas (The Crowning of Thorns) and the Primera Caida de Jesus Nazareno (First Fall of Jesus Nazarene) were also displayed; their history unavailable as of this writing.

The exhibit will be open until April 15 from 9 AM to 6 PM

Author: Mary Therese Encina

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