Lance Raymundo is reprising his role as Jesus Christ, the Messiah in a musical stage play ‘Martir sa Golgota’ (Martyr in Golgotha), a play about the Passion of Christ, or to simply put it as ‘Senakulo’ for the third year. It will have its two separate playdates—on Saturday, March 24, 7pm at Althea Park, Paseo Outlets, Greenfield City, Sta. Rosa, Laguna and on Sunday, March 25, 7pm at Greenfield District Central Park, Mandaluyong City.
According to Raymundo he gets to know Jesus differently, “You get to know the character so my approach becomes more meaningful by the year.”
He recounted that the first time he was given the role to play, he literally took on the challenge of living every detail about the Christ, described as the Word that became flesh (John 1: 14a) in the Holy Scriptures. He opted to force himself to look like Christ, a carpenter-looking with muscled frame and in fact, this was the time he had his accident that almost damaged his face and his career in show business in 2014. It all happened in a humble kind of gym, a quite decent place to do his workouts.
His intention was to really pursue a simple lifestyle and even named his workout as the ‘Calvary workout’. But because of the accident, he was prevented from doing the play; which a year later, he was able to assume the role. And his main reason why he continues to do the play is to extend the message of forgiveness, pain and love.
After his accident, and his reconstructive surgery, he has inspired a lot of people. “In my own way, I was able to spread His message through the chain of events that occurred in my life.”
“Doing the play; it has become my personal and religious history,” he added.
This year, he considers his version of Christ as totally different. He is portraying the Son of God as someone not lofty and mighty, not as someone depicted on TV and films; but rather he is embracing the very essence of humanity, which Jesus himself chose to become one. For him, to be an effective Christ, he has to live like the one mentioned in the Bible (1 Corinthians 9:22-23): “To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it.”
In his involvement with the community theater that mounts this said production during Lenten season, it has made him realize that joining or taking part in this—is examining himself that he participated for the right reasons. And that is simply to be an instrument in sharing the gospel though the talents that has given him—singing and acting.
“I am doing the play not because I expect something in return.”
Being with non-professional actors (because most of the actors are ordinary locals from Santa Ana, Manila) is not seeing them as amateurs, ”I think nasala sila ng mabuti. Ang gagaling nila. Wala pa akong nakasama na amateur ang mga galaw.”
He also shared that the most difficult scene he had in the play was the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ (Matthew 5: 2-48). “It is difficult because that is when Christ started to teach the people. For me, I was not an actor, but a preacher at that moment.”
Of the Beatitudes that Christ stressed in the Sermon on the Mount, Raymundo chose, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land”(Matthew 5:5).
The play started on 21st of this month, but Lance gets to act onstage only twice as he has alternate, Migui Moreno who takes on the rest of the playdates.
Lance, the younger brother of Rannie Raymundo, the son of former actress and beauty queen Nina Zaldua-Raymundo; he is the cousin of actress Ina Raymundo, balladeer Julius Obregon and actor Christian Vasquez.