Salesians to hold fundraising concert for library

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PARAÑAQUE City, Nov. 17, 2014 – Anong gagawin mo ngayong Pasko? (What will you be doing this Christmas?)

This question serves as the title of the Salesians’ Christmas fund-raising concert for the Benedict XVI Library set on Dec. 5-6, 2014 at the Don Bosco Center of Studies (DBCS) Benedict XVI Library.

‘Depth of God’s love’

“The theme of the concert centers around wanting to deepen the way people see Christmas, to bring Christ back into it, if you will. The idea is to sing songs which will remind people of the mystery of Christ and the depth of His love,” the organizers of the concert said in an interview explaining the choice of the theme.

The concert series will also feature seminarians who also study at DBCS: Servants of the Paraclete; Order of the Friars Minor Conventuals; Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus; Redemptoris Mater; Tertiary Capuchins of our Lady of Sorrows; Military Ordinate of the Philippines; and of course the Salesians of Don Bosco. Fifteen seminarians will also participate in the concert.

Anticipated performances will also be rendered by Fr. Rey de La Cruz, SDB, the Dean of Studies and President of DBCS, some Salesian priests, and Dr. Jo Manabat, the Dean of Graduate Studies for Liturgy of San Beda College, who also happens to be one of the professors of the theological school.

Capax Dei, the lead choir of the concert, will be the highlight the performances.

“Capax Dei is a theological concept which roughly means ‘We are capable of receiving from God’,” Bro. Donnie Duchin Duya, a Salesian seminarian, explained

“There will be songs in different languages, some familiar tunes and new ones to help see Christmas in a new light, hopefully,” the organizers stated.

Benedict XVI Library

The concert Dec. 5 and 6 includes a dinner buffet at 7:00-8:00 pm followed by the concert proper at 8:00 pm at the DBCS Library. Light snacks will also be offered on Dec. 6 at 3:00 pm, followed by the concert at 3:30 pm at the same venue.

Presently, the library is undergoing a lot of improvements, which includes updating of books, acquiring computers for its Electronic Library Section, and introducing a system which will allow users of the library to search the books online.

Opened and blessed in 2010 by Fr. Pascual Chavez, SDB, the Rector Major of the Salesians, the three-storey library aims to “facilitate the pursuit of knowledge and creativity through user-focused services and collections in an inviting, collaborative and innovative learning environments, to the challenge of New Evangelization in the spirit of St. John Bosco.”

It was dedicated to Benedict XVI in 2011 by the former Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams.

Tickets are sold for Php 2000 (inclusive of dinner buffet) and Php 1000 (inclusive of snacks).

For more information, interested parties may contact Ms. Wenks Pasimio at +63998 411 3399 or Bro. Donnie Duchi nDuya, SDB at +63905 506 1750. (Rainier Marquez)

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