Utzurrum: Libera, voices from heaven-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
THE chart-topping, world-renowned London-based boys choir Libera will be doing their third Cebu concert tonight 8 p.m., at the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel at the SM Complex, SRP. This pre-Christmas performance, coincidentally, will also mark the first anniversary of the Canonization of the Cebuano martyr.
Libera, with their angelic, heavenly voices, has been reaping accolades with global audiences with their soulful renditions of religious songs (even in Latin, mind you!) and unforgettable classics.
The choir brought the house down, during an earlier concert when they rendered our very own, Bayan Ko, which earned them 10 standing ovations.
Tonight’s performance is brought to you by the Arts Council of Cebu, and the British Alumni Association. This Philippine Tour is also in observance of Philippine-United Kingdom Friendship Week.
On the subject of friendships, Libera has traveled extensively around the globe, taking these countries by storm, with their music. Places like the US, UK, Japan, Canada, South Korea and the Philippines. Tickets are available from the Arts Council.
Three accomplished musical artists from Sistemang Pilipino Movement (SPM) recently showcased their prowess by paying tribute to St. Benedict at the St. Benedict Learning Center (SBLC) in Mandaue.
Very much in command was SPM’s foundress Lianne Militar Sala, whose enthusiasm and vibrancy made the mini-concert possible.
What is SPM? Started in Venezuela, this organization makes accessible music education to the less fortunate but deserving children. These three artists: violinist Noel Martin, contrabassoonist Jiovanni Tabada and pianist Miracle Romano hope to champion their outreach cause by spreading awareness of this movement to locals.
Indeed the feast of St. Benedict was made more meaningful by this tribute, says SBLC’s chairman Fr. Ernesto Javier, S.J. and school VIPs Tita Cabatingan-Zosa, Merle Padilla-Cunanan, et al. More power, Lianne!
“The UAP (or United Architects of the Phils ) regional district C1 recently held its joint annual induction of officers and new members at the Cebu Parklane International Hotel. This district is composed of seven chapters in Central Visayas, whose presidents also took their respective oaths of office. Congratulations to Archie Oracion (Cebu); Janice Garol (Dumaguete); Richard Cabaluna (Rajah Humabon); Hector Balonda (Bohol). Jensen Racho (Datu Lapulapu) Buck Sia (Sugbu); and Michael Sanchez (Cebu-Leon Kilat);
Jetting in from the metropolis were UAP national officers headed by national president Rozzano Rosal; national treasurer Alfred Carandang; national auditor Mohammad Uttoh and vice president for Area C Alfonso Gamboa.
This district is one of the most active and dynamic in the UAP and District C1 director Paolo Alberto is ready, willing and able to lead his team to greater heights in the second fiscal year. His council officers include deputy district director Ariel Angalot (Bohol chapter); secretary Kristine Ducao (Rajah Humabon chapter); treasurer Dennis Bernardo; (Rajah Humabon chapter); auditor Christopher Dy (Datu Lapu-Lapu chapter); and PRO Karl Cabilao (Sugbu chapter).
Good Luck to you all. You have a tough job ahead, rebuilding the rubble that the killer quake has wrought on our once beautiful landscape! Carry on, UAP!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 31, 2013.