Catholics reminded of Holy Week observance-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Monday, April 14, 2014
AN OFFICIAL of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga has reminded the catholic faithful that going to the Mayor Cesar Climaco Freedom Park in Mount Abong-Abong during the Holy Week is for a sacrifice or penitence and not for a picnic.
Archdiocesan Administrator Monsignor Crisologo Manongas issued the reminder as he noticed that most of the people nowadays go to the Freedom Park for a picnic instead of doing the way of the cross.
A large number of people usually stay overnight on Maundy Thursday at the Freedom Park and go home in the afternoon of Good Friday.
The Station of the Cross was part of the pet project of legendary Mayor Cesar Climaco when he initiated the construction of the Abong-Abong Park in the early 80’s during his term as mayor of this city.
The Abong-Abong Park was later named as Mayor Cesar Climaco Freedom Park after he was killed by an assassin while inspecting a fire scene on November 14, 1984 along Gov. Alvarez Street, this city.
“The first intention of the late (Mayor) Cesar Climaco of building that place (Abong-Abong Park) was to make it a place of pilgrimage,” Manongas stressed.
“It is not a tour (area) but it is for a sacrifice prayer, an act of sacrifice in going there, not for a picnic,” Manongas added.
He said the people must do their religious duty praying the Via Cruses and reflecting on the suffering and death of our Lord for our salvation when they go the Mount Abong-Abong this Holy Week.
The Climaco Freedom Park in Mount Abong-Abong serves as the gathering place of Catholic devotees during the Holy Week observance.
Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has issued two executive orders directing the re-routing of traffic and banning the sale of liquors at the Freedom Park during the Holy Week.
The bringing of weapons is also prohibited under Salazar’s order.