Claretian Songs CD Launching

TV Channel 9

On Feb.23, the Claretian CD Singers were invited to perform in “Sharing in the City”, televised over Channel 9. Hosted by Fr. Larry Faraon OP. We sang “Jesus Christ: Son, Anointed, Apostle” and “Let’s Glorify the God & Father”. The show’s topic centered on the physically challenged members of society and how they overcame the trials of life.

CD Launching

The Community Launching of the Claretian Songs CD was held at the IHMP Church-UP Village, starting with a 6PM Mass followed by a program. The CD features 27 inspirational songs which showcase Claretian missionary spirituality, journeying with the people of God. It was sponsored by the General Prefecture of Formation based in Rome. The CD will be distributed in 62 countries, as part of the Philippine province’s (and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish’s) contribution to the Vocation Year 2002. Translations in other languages will follow.

Program hosts were Lena Vergara, Claro Lloredo, Bro. Bong Dilag CMF and Dean Beulah Nuval. Opening remarks were delivered by Fr. Angel Ochagavia CMF (CD executive producer/Vocations Director) and the Parish Pastoral Council Chaircouple Manny & Beth Enciso.

Special production numbers include the “Hymn to Mary” ballet by Bro. Robert Laurio CMF & Edna Pandato; the songs “Claret Teacher & Father”, “Love of Christ”, “Let’s Glorify” “Dwell Among Us Forever ” and “Thanks & Praise” signify our longing to grow in faith, love and service (sung by the CD singers who wore barong/kimona outfits); the “Hymn of Institute of Consecrated Life in Asia” play of candlelight by the red & black-clad singers (soloists Leonard Belgera, Dulce Punzalan & Rey Malipot with Flo Almoite, Nelia Jamin, Edna, Malou & Bimbay Dimaculangan, Jean Dazo, Terence Guillermo, Andy Quiñones, Chavi Fernandez) and a flaming cross in the end; “Martyrs of Barbastro” and “Trailblazer” renditions (by Rey Malipot & Terence Guillermo, resp.) enhanced by the interpretative, intense dances of the Youth Ministry and Bro Robert Laurio. “Martyrs” is a tribute to the fifty-one seminarians and priests of Barbastro who were tortured and executed by the militia for refusing to renounce their faith during the Spanish Civil War.They have been beatified; and the unique “O My God and Father” blacklights presentation of the Youth.
The Altar Ladies/Apostleship of Prayer made a floral offering (white orchids with blue ribbons) to the Virgin Mary via “Mother/Your Heart of Mary Medley”. The Claretian Scholastics/priests rendered “Lord Renew in our Congregation” & the pop version of “Ideal in His Mind”. The Acolytes, Claret students/alumni sang “Claret School March” with gusto.

The “Hymn of Gratitude” powerpoint presentation (on a video-wall) had 122 photographs featuring more than 50 years of Claretian missionary activities in the Phils with the flagship projects of the various lay organizations in the parishes of Quezon City, Zamboanga & Basilan. Filipino priests have risked life and limb, and have been assigned to foreign lands such as China, East Timor, Indonesia, Europe, etc. The composers, arrangers, performers, production staff, recording team, etc. were also acknowledged. Finale was the rousing march “Jesus Passed Along”.

Food were provided by the CWL & Service Commitee; Logistics by the Temporalities. Stage director was Ronnie Lee. Sounds & Lights courtesy of Disc Traxion & RSD; video/ multimedia projector by Glisaz & Cisoy; photo coverage by Letty Moreno and the parish photographer. The content director of website and two of her staff also covered the event.

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