Musical on 1st Ilocano bishop held

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VIGAN City, Nov. 17, 2014 – A musical on the first Ilocano Bishop was shown on Nov. 14 at the Vigan Convention Center in Nueva Segovia.

The musical entitled “Ang Pasyonni Obispo Alfredo Verzosa ng Nueva Segovia at Lipa,” is about the life and virtues of Bishop Alfredo Versoza, the first Ilocano Bishop whose cause for canonization was opened last Jan. 11, 2014.

Based on a book written by Fr. Ericson M. Josue, a diocesan priest of the Diocese of Laoag and a formator-professor at the Immaculate Conception School of Theology in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, the musical debuted on July 6, 2014 and was well attended by the bishops at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premiere.

After the Nueva Segovia leg, the play will be shown on Nov. 28 at the Batangas Coliseum in Batangas City and on Dec. 10 at the Ynarez Sports Arena.

The play has been shown at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City and had a special screening in Zamboanga.

The organizers hope that the play will promote awareness about and devotion to Bishop Verzosa as his cause for beatification is ongoing.

Produced by the Missionary Catechists of the Sacred Heart, the play was written by Frank G. Rivera and is set to music by Arnel “Ato” del Rosario. It features Dio Marco, Lou Veloso, Ernie Garcia, Brylle Mondejar, Dondi Ong, and Von Ryan Yu.

Bishop Versoza was the first appointed Filipino bishop of the then Diocese of Lipa and the first Ilocano to be raised to the episcopacy.

He was known to be the “Great Builder of the Diocese of Lipa” because of his enormous contributions to the diocese. He was also the prelate when the so-called Lipa apparitions happened in 1948 when the Blessed Mother appeared to a Carmelite postulant Teresita Castillo, calling herself “Mary, Mediatrix of all Grace.” Bishop Versoza also co-founded the Missionary Catechists of the Sacred Heart, a religious institute for women dedicated to catechism.

For more information on tickets or to book a show, you may contact (02) 216-9871, +63917-5581222, or email alfredoverzosa.obispo@gmail.com. (Rainier Marquez)

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