MAKATI City, Aug. 16, 2015—The St. John Bosco Chorale (SJB) invites all music-loving faithful to a free “Prayer Concert” on Aug. 29, Saturday, 6:00 p.m. at the St. John Bosco Parish Church, Arnaiz Ave., Makati City.
In an interview, Nikko Oliver Villanueva, an SJB Chorale member, shared the event is just the first in a series of activities the group plans to hold before its scheduled European concert tour and pilgrimage in September.
The 20-year old architecture student, who has been with the SJB Chorale for three years now, added he looks forward to joining fellow Bosconians from other parts of the world in the celebration of the 200th birth anniversary of their patron, St. John Bosco.
Dubbed “Via di Don Bosco: Because We Believe,” the rare concert-pilgrimage is one the group is very much excited about, given it is the first time the singers will get to visit the places where their patron lived and founded the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), whose teachings they strive to uphold daily.
Music from home
Besides helping local communities raise funds through the concert’s proceeds, the tour also aims to bring joy to Filipinos abroad with music from “home.”
Composed of students and young professionals, the music group Rose Marie Hugo and Lester Delgado helped form in November 2000 to animate special liturgical celebrations in the parish, has since become a full-fledged, accomplished, and multi-awarded group.
The SJB Chorale continues to make a name for itself in various local choral festivals and competitions.
Among others, its achievements are:
- Kamayan Christmas Choral Competition (2002 Grand Prize Winner)
- Paskong Himig ng Pasig (2005 & 2006 Grand Champion)
- PAGCOR Choral Competition (2005 1st runner-up)
- Himig Pop Choral Competition (2004 1st runner-up and Best Song Interpretation Award for George Canseco’s “Ngayon”)
- Harana Kay Maria Choral Competition (2005 2nd runner-up)
- 1st Vianneyhan Choral Competition (2010 Grand Champion)
For more information, interested parties may visit Facebook.com/TheSJBChorale, or contact (+63)915-3728-559. (Raymond A. Sebastián /CBCP News)