CALBAYOG City, Dec. 9, 2016- With excitement slowly building up for the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM4) that will be hosted by the Philippines from Jan. 16 to 20, 2017, the Christ the King College Youth Symphony Orchestra (CKC-YSO) of Calbayog City, Samar, blocked its calendar to perform in some events of the said international event.
In a Nov. 10, 2016 letter, Fr. Prospero Tenorio, WACOM Asia Secretary General, and Bishop Jose Oliveros, WACOM National Episcopal Coordinator, said: “It is our great pleasure to invite you to come and celebrate this event of mercy with us.”
CKC YSO is a group of sixty (60) musicians and instrumentalists, who are presently high school and college students of CKC, a Franciscan educational institution administered by the Custody of Saint Anthony of Padua in Southern Philippines.
Since its humble beginnings in 2007, CKC YSO has already performed in more or less 40 concerts in different locations and concert venues in Pampanga, Metro Manila, Sorsogon, Samar provinces, Tacloban, Ormoc, Cebu, and Dumaguete in Negros.
With its mission of Sharing God’s Gift of Music, these young and talented musicians and instrumentalists actively help fundraise for parish church constructions be it in Manila or in the province; for outreach concerts in far-flung villages in Calbayog City, Samar; and for Pondo ng Pinoy in October 2009 upon the invitation of Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, DD.
The group also performed during the Papal Visit 2015 when its members were selected to be part of the 1,000 voice choir and 120 instrumentalists who performed during the closing Mass presided over by Pope Francis at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta and during the opening Mass of Myanmar’s Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Pope Francis’ official representative to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu last January 2016. The IEC was twice held in the country, the last was in Luneta in 1937.
‘Pilgrimage of Mercy’
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, which will host WACOM4, happening for the first in Asia, presented the said international event as a “Pilgrimage of Mercy” for thousands of foreign and local delegates who will visit four different dioceses, namely: the Archdioceses of Manila and Lipa and the Dioceses of Malolos and Balanga.
Themed “Communion in Mercy, Mission for Mercy”, the congress will be a great opportunity for the Filipino people, who have strong devotion to the Divine Mercy, “to share our gratitude with the rest of the world,” reads the letter. (Carl Jamie Simple S. Bordeos / CBCP News)