Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia is set to confer with the Archdiocese of Cebu on their set schedule for this year’s Misa de Gallo, recognizing that this is a decision that should be made by the religious leaders.
“We will confer with the Archdiocese kay ila man gyud na decision. The Constitution states that there should be a separation of church and state. But I am very appreciative ni Archbishop (Jose) Palma nga niingon siya nga musunod siya’g unsa’y atong protocols,” she said.
“But I think, it’s time for us also to recognize that separation. That they should be able to make their own decisions,” she added.
Misa de Gallo is a Filipino tradition wherein a Holy Mass celebration is held every 4:00 am for nine days leading to Christmas Day.
Currently, the Province of Cebu is under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status with an imposed curfew from 12:00 mn to 5:00 am.
Garcia said that the Province’s direction now is to “slowly go back to normal” especially in upholding the Cebuanos’ religious and traditional ways.
Misa de Gallo is part of one’s life and culture, she added.
The governor expressed that Covid-19 protocols established took someone away from its humanity.
“Mura nata’g dili mga human beings. Worst, mura nata og wala nagpuyo og usa ka society or a community kay we are being forced to stay away from each other,” she said.
Garcia reiterated that she pushed for the reopening of the Province’s tourism industry, the first local official to do so, to revive the economy and bring back Cebuanos’ livelihoods heavily affected by the pandemic.
“Mao na atong giablihan og balik ang turismo og kaluoy sa Diyos wa may surge sa Province. Sorry to disappoint those that have been praying for that because I know naa may gusto gyud. Nagsige og inampo nga musaka nasad ang cases sa Probinsya, ngano wa ta nag lock up sa atong kaugalingon sa atong mga balay,” she said.
The governor emphasized that Covid-19 is a “highly treatable disease” as supported by data and the Province’s recovery rate is over 90 percent.
“So, as much as possible let us slowly go back to being normal. Let’s not call it new normal or better normal. Kung mao na abnormal na gihapon,” she said.
Aside from the Archdiocese, Garcia will also confer with the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RITF) about the Misa de Gallo and will proceed accordingly.
She, however, clarified that she will first consult the Archdiocese because they might make adjustments in the Misa de Gallo schedules. (Mylen Manto)