Abong-Abong on Holy Week for sacrifice, not picnic — priest PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 April 2014 12:02

Archdiocesan Administrator Monsignor Crisologo Manongas has reminded the public especially the Catholic faithful that going to Mount Abong-Abong during the Holy Week must be for sacrifice or penitence and not for a picnic.

Manongas issued the reminder as he noticed that most of those who climb Mount Abong-Abong nowadays are for an overnight picnic instead of doing the Way of the Cross at the foot of Pulong Bato.

The Station of the Cross was part of the pet project of legendary Mayor Cesar Climaco when he initiated the establishment of the Abong-Abong Park in the early ’80s during his term as the mayor of this city.

The Abong-Abong Park was later named as Mayor Cesar Climaco Freedom Park after he was felled by an assassin’s bullet 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. 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 said.

Manongas said the people must do their religious duty of praying the Via Cruses and reflecting on the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind 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. — RGAAG