Gianela Zapata and Rinoa dela Cruz 

After a three-year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, the Teatro Obrero lit up the Navoteño stage again with Senakulo in a musical twist last April 1. 

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Entitled “Ang Dakilang Hinirang,” the show catered to approximately 700 audience members who watched a modern play about the Passion of the Christ within the grounds of San Jose de Navotas. 

John Christian Rose, one of the stage managers, proudly shared that this year’s Lenten special enlightened the audience and entertained them while featuring the theatrical group's wide range of talents.

"Naniniwala kami na sa talento ng pag arte ay makapagbibigay kami ng magandang impact sa mga manonood na nawawalan na ng pag-asa, at nag-iiba na ang landas sa buhay," he said. 

After almost a month of preparation, starting on February 28, Rose further shared that the production crew has been anxious about gathering their cast due to most students' schedules in Navotas. Still, the team managed to push through and even played multiple roles in bringing the event to success.

By the leadership of Ernhest Patrick Gatchalian, the Director of the theatrical group, San Jose Academy, Hayuma Dance Company, and other sponsors, the show was fruitful, which, in turn, earned great satisfaction for the crowd and the production members. 

“Dahil sa kanila maraming manonood ang naantig at nagkaroon ng reflection sa kanilang mga sarili,” the stage manager said. 

Aside from the musical show, Teatro Obrero also performed "Pamparokyang Daan ng Krus” last April 5. It is also the first-ever event in San Jose de Navotas to have a live reenactment of every station. 

Teatro Obrero was established in 2018 by the Diocesan Shrine and the Parish of San Jose de Navotas from the Diocese of Kalookan.