I watched the pilot episode of Pari ‘Koy. It is the latest Filipino religious drama broadcasted on GMA network with Dingdong Dantes as Fr. Jericho “Kokoy” Evangelista. Known as Pari ‘Koy, he is known for his non-traditional and non-conformist ways of bringing people closer to God, doing whatever it takes to show that it’s a “cool thing” to believe. As the plot progresses, his faith will also be tested when he is assigned in a parish of Barangay Pinagpala and starts to deal with the people of the community.
Some impressions with the pilot episode:
- Big check on the liturgical colors. Fr. ‘Koy was wearing white stole during the wedding. Tama po yon! I saw several Pinoy tele-dramas with priests celebrating feasts with violet stole and administering confession with red stole. Mali po yon. For feast of saints, white stole po dapat. Pag martyr, red. Pag confession, violet. I hope the program will also educate the viewers regarding the liturgical year.
- Fr. ‘Koy’s bed. A typical priestly bed – simple. May shelf, may maliit na aparador, makes me remember our little cabinets in Divine Word Seminary of Tagaytay! I can immediately relate kasi ganun din ang bed ko when I was in Olutanga Island as parochial vicar and as a parish priest. Until now, here in University of San Carlos – Cebu.
- Morning praise: “Good morning San Agustin!” Every congregations and group of priests ay may sari-sariling morning mantra! Ask the Divine Word Missionaries/ SVD Priests, including x-seminarians, and they will you that every rising bell in the morning, the bell ringer shouts: “Praise be Jesus Christ!” Then everybody responds: “Now and Forever!”
- Priestly Expressions. Ang mga pari ay may sariling culture and language pag magkakasama. “Galaw-galaw” pa lang ang narinig ko sa pilot episode. I love to hear more! I hope the program will also showcase how priests humanly behave when they are together. Makikita mong tao talaga kami pag magkakasama. We can bully each other too. Sabi nga ng old professor namin sa Biology noon: “I noticed that seminarians and priests hurt each other without being hurt.”
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- New Assignments. My rector once said: “Sometimes you are assigned in a place that you don’t like but you are needed. In the end, you leave the place that you learned to like but — you are also no longer needed. So, be better prepared.” This is really the reality for priests. We come and go.
- Giant Pandesal. Did the researchers/writers saw my blog? I once bid for the longest biko in the world (laugh out loud).
- Birth Scene. Parang di masyadong realistic yong scene na yon. When you are a father and your wife is about to give birth the second time, you don’t call a priest. You go to the doctor – immediately. Pari ‘Koy’s reaction is also too good to be true.
But all in all, I like the pilot episode: it is very far from the typical bombastic telenovela na may pasabog, sampalan, sabuyan ng asido, nasunog na bahay or kotse, or kambal na pinaghiwalay. It is fresh. Very light and it left me with a smile after watching the first episode.
Expectations ko: sana itackle din yong mga issues like teen pregnancy, role of women in the Church, tension between priests who are parochial-minded against priests who are more open to missionary activities. Sana mayron ding catechism on the reality of evil, like possession and exorcism.
I’ll be watching this show!