Cebu church exec says ‘Tiktok priest’ shouldn’t have danced inside church

"SA USA ka lugar nga balaan, balaan sad ang buhaton."

(If the place is considered sacred, then what we do there should also be considered sacred.)

This was what Fr. Glenn Guanzon, head of the Archdiocese of Cebu's Liturgical Committee, said in response to the viral video in which a priest assigned at the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish in Danao City was dancing along with his altar boys to the tune of the Vietnamese song "Ting Ting Tang Ting" during the eighth day of the Misa de Gallo on December 23, 2022.

Guanzon, who is also the head of the team of pastors of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, told SunStar Cebu on Wednesday, December 28, that even though the priest had made the performance after the mass, he should not have done it inside church premises.

"The place truly matters. It was improper that he had done it inside the church since it is a sacred place," Guanzon said, in a mix of English and Cebuano.

Guanzon said that Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma has already been informed of the incident and may have already summoned the priest to shed light on the matter.

It will be up to Palma if he will discipline the priest or not, Guanzon added.

The priest, whose name cannot be disclosed pending his comment, came under fire after a video of him and his altar boys dancing to the tune of a song popularized by Tiktok after the Misa de Gallo went viral.

Earlier, Msgr. Joseph Tan, spokesperson for the Archdiocese, earlier defended the priest, though he later said that what the priest did may have offended some people. (JKV)