Leave Gloria, Erap out of belen: Dakay

THE local Catholic Church isn’t happy with a nativity scene or “belen” posted outside a theater in downtown Cebu City.

The belen, intended by the owner to promote peace, uses photos of President Arroyo to depict Mary and former president Joseph Estrada for Joseph. It is displayed outside the New Cinema Theater in downtown Cebu City.

Msgr. Achilles Dakay, Cebu Archdiocese media liaison officer, criticized creators of the belen, saying Church-related activities or images are sacred and should not be politicized.

“Fiesta is a church activity. Dili angay kabay-an. Didto sa Boljoon, gikabay-an sa mga nag-bikini. Didto sa Lapu-Lapu, gikabay-an og politico,” he said in a dyLA radio interview yesterday.

Dakay was referring to the beauty pageant held early this month during the Boljoon fiesta. The pageant featured scantily-clad contestants on stage.

The incident provoked Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia to walk out of the event and cut financial assistance to fiesta celebrations with beauty pageants, unless these follow the practice of Danao City.

Dakay was also referring to Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Arturo Radaza, who made a political speech inside the church at the start of the feast of Virgen de la Regla. By Nancy R. Cudis,Sun.Star Staff Reporter

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  1. Bodoy said,

    November 22, 2007 @ 4:35 am


  2. inal said,

    November 22, 2007 @ 8:08 am

    i agree with dakay!!!!!!!!

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