Diocese of Malaybalay to hold Binukid mass to honor Lumads

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/ 10 October)-  This city will hold a Binukid mass on Sunday October 14 in Kalasungay to mark the Diocese of Malaybalay’s commemoration of the indigenous peoples.

Fr. Crisanto Aninloy, parish priest from Kalabugao, Impasug-ong town told Bukidnon News Wednesday that the move is meant to elevate the Lumad’s customs and traditions in the province.

Aninloy, head of the diocese’s Indigenous Peoples’ Apostolate (IPA), is one of few among Bukidnon’s at least 80 priests, who speak Binukid.

Father Aninloy added it is only a first step to give value to the IPs citing the plan to hold regular Binukid masses in certain parishes and the use of Binukid liturgy or order of mass.

Aninloy cited the effort of Jesuit priest Vincent Cullen to translate the missal into Binukid in the 1960s. “We are going to revive that now,” he added.

He admitted, however, that there might be a need to update Fr. Cullen’s translations for accuracy. Cullen started the tribal apostolate of the then prelature of Malaybalay.

The mass will be said at 9am at the St. Ignatius de Loyola sub-parish of Kalasungay, a village with Lumads comprising about 85 to 90 percent of its population. The new parish is composed of small churches in Kalasungan, Dalwangan, Pat-pat, Kibuwa, and neighboring chapels.

Aninloy said the size of Lumad population in the area is one of the bases why they choose to hold the mass in Kalasungay.

Carl Binayao, an employee of the National Commission on Indigenous People’s (NCIP), said the Parish Pastoral Council of Kalasungay initially planned the tribal mass as their way to commemorate the IPs in the village.

But he said when he presented it to Aninloy, the IPA director and parish priest of Kalabugao, Impasug-ong, the latter adopted it as the diocese’s commemoration.

Binayao said they are expecting representatives from the different parishes. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)