PH’s Don Bosco choir to tour Italy, France

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MAKATI City, Aug. 22, 2015—OFWs in Italy and France, read on!

The St. John Bosco Chorale (SJB) is all set to take Europe by storm in a three-week concert-pilgrimage from Sept. 5 to 25.

(Photo: SJB Choir)

The church-based music group will go on a multi-city tour of the continent, performing in various venues in France and Italy, and visiting places associated with Catholic saints, especially their patron, Don Bosco, whose 200th birth anniversary was celebrated recently.

Way of Don Bosco

Dubbed “Via di Don Bosco: Because We Believe,” the once-in-a-lifetime concert-pilgrimage aims to help communities raise funds through its proceeds, while treating Filipino expatriates to a walk down memory lane with its repertoire of homegrown music.

Composed of students and young professionals, the SJB Chorale under the direction of conductor Vincent Olandesca continues to fulfil their collective mission of sharing their musical gifts with people here and abroad in Masses, concerts, festivals, and tours.


A graduate of the Philippine Women’s University (PWU) with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Olandesca was a full-time scholar of the Klassikal Music Foundation.

The conductor currently pursues further studies as a candidate for Masters of Music in Music Performance with emphasis on Choral Conducting also at PWU.

Also a solo singer, Olandesca won the Grand Prize at the “Annual Kundiman sa Makati” in 2000, and was part of the PWU Chorale that won first place at the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA).

Humble start

Since its foundation in 2000 as a parish choir, the SJB Chorale has made a name for itself in various local choral festivals and competitions.

The schedule of the concert-pilgrimage is as follows:


  • Sept. 5-7

Rome: Sacro Cuore, Mass, Altar of Don Bosco; Termini, Maria Maggiore; St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City; Mass, concert, Sacro Cuore community; Mass inside the Catacombs of St. Callixtus; St. John Lateran; Scala Santa

  • Sept. 8

Lanciano: San Francesco Church

  • Sept. 9


  • Sept. 10

Florence: Mass, mini concert for Filipino Community

  • Sept. 11

Venice: Basilica di Sant’ Antonio di Padova; welcome of San Lorenzo Filipino community; Meeting with San Lorezo Choir

  • Sept. 13

Milan: Mass with Filipino community; concert at San Lorenzo Basilica; Expo Milano 2015

  • Sept. 15

Trace the footsteps of Don Bosco via Caravaggio, Sotto il Monte at Bergamo, Valdocco

  • Sept. 16-18

Turin: Visit to birthplace of Don Bosco; Chieri Concert for Don Bosco; cultural visit of Turin; Superga; Fraternal Charity Day Concert for Don Bosco


  • Sept. 19


  • Sept. 20-21

Lourdes: Candlelight procession at Grotto, Day of Prayer

  • Sept. 22


  • Sept. 23-25


For more information, interested parties may visit Facebook.com/TheSJBChorale, or contact (+63) 915-3728-559. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

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