Binukid mass to mark IP Sunday in Malaybalay village

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 October) – A predominantly Lumad village in Malaybalay City will hold a Binukid mass on October 14 to mark this year’s celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Sunday.

The mass will take place in Barangay Kalasungay, a village whose population is at least 85% Lumad, Fr. Crisanto Aninloy, parish priest of Kalabugao, Impasug-ong town told MindaNews Wednesday.

Aninloy, head of the Indigenous Peoples’ Apostolate of the Diocese of Malaybalay and a Lumad himself said the move is meant to elevate the Lumad’s customs and traditions in the province.

Binukid is the generic name given to the dialects being used by Lumads in Bukidnon.

Aninloy also said they are planning to hold regular Binukid masses in certain parishes and to use the dialect in making the liturgy or order of mass.

He cited the effort of Jesuit missionary priest Vincent Cullen to translate the missal into Binukid in the 1960s.

“We are going to revive that now,” he said.

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 Binukid mass in Kalasungay will start at 9am.

Kalasungay was recently made a sub-parish covering Barangays Dalwangan and Patpat and other adjacent villages.

Carl Binayao, an employee of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples said the Parish Pastoral Council of Kalasungay initially planned the Binukid mass as their way of commemorating IP Sunday in the village.

But he said that when he presented it to Aninloy the priest adopted the plan as the diocese’s own way of marking the annual event.

Binayao said they are expecting representatives from the other parishes to attend the mass. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)