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Goans, Filipinos present play on Christ in Sharjah

THE GOAN | MARCH 30, 2024, 01:22 AM IST
Goans, Filipinos present play on Christ in Sharjah


Over 100 Goans and Filipinos came together to stage a play on ‘The Glory and Passion of Christ – journey of Sacrifice and Redemption’ at St Michael’s Church in Sharjah on March 20.

The play was presented under the guidance and blessing of the Spiritual Directors, Fr Denis Saldanha OFM Cap. (Asst. Parish Priest and Spiritual Director of Konkani Community) and Fr Hilario Kapitbahay OFM Cap. (Asst. Parish Priest and Spiritual Director of Filipino Community), along with the other priests in the parish.

The 70-minute play included performances by Goans and Filipinos of all ages, light and sound effects, music and dance, and video footage on the backdrop.

According to Xavier Azavedo, president of the St Michael’s Sharjah Goan Community (SMSGC), the Goan community was privileged to have been called to be part of the play along with the Filipino community.

“The cast of over 100 Goan and Filipino actors and other support staff practiced for more than 50 days. Our own Goan, Lazio Fernandes, enacted Jesus beautifully,” said Azavedo.

“The packed audience loved the play and many commented that they were mesmerised and could feel the love of the Lord. Indeed, this was the goal of the play. Many were in tears during the enaction of the Crucifixion.”

“All this was possible only because of the wonderful team of Goans and Filipinos who worked behind the scene to ensure everything went on very well. There was a lot of hard work, but it was an excellent result.”

Besides the acting, the Goans were also involved in various teams for recording/editing, make-up artiste, lights and sound, backstage, props, costumes, volunteers and coordination.

“The entire cast and crew who worked very hard and their efforts were there for everyone to see. A special mention goes out to Quennie and Savio Braganza for the complete coordination, Agnelo and Retti Rodriques, Anthony Fernandes, Lineth Fernandes and Mary for the props which added realism to the play,” acknowledged Azavedo.

The entire play can be viewed on YouTube at

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