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Month: December, 2012

Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman: A Night of Music, A Story of Love

A set of performers with brilliant voices and moves gracing a whimsical stage. A crowd’s gleeful shout intensifying the splendor of the evening. A story of a couple reminiscing how their love has gone strong, and how it will abound until the farthest future.

After the three-day International Thanksgiving of Members Church of God International (MCGI) at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga and at key chapters worldwide, the congregants stayed for another night to witness Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman (Now, Tomorrow and Forever), a concert for a cause held last December 24.

Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman

The event commenced with a Broadway-like production number of the Music Ministry and Teatro Kristiano, the MCGI’s performing groups, together with local artist Hammilan Pavoreal. The presentation celebrated music that every generation has fallen in love with such as “Tonight” and “Memory”, theme songs from The West Side Story and Cats, the Spice Girls’ “Wanna Be”, Adele’s “Someone Like You”, Parokya ni Edgar’s “Harana” and the Korean hit “Oppa Gangnam Style.”

Ms. Pilita Corales, Asia’s Queen of Songs, lent her time to add loveliness to the night. Her signature voice and stylish humor never failed to send the crowd into cheerful applaud. She constantly wowed the audience with Filipino classics like “Ikaw Lamang ang Aking Iibigin Magpakailanman” and her rendition of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” with Bro. Eli Soriano, Presiding Minister to MCGI.

More than just a musical event, the concert offered a short film starring the country’s most promising artists, Dante Rivero, Boots Anson- Roa, JC De Vera, Isabel Oli, Louella de Cordova, Richard Reynoso and Kuya Daniel Razon.

Directed by Pat Perez, the story revolved around a couple, Angelo and Melissa (Rivero and Anson-Roa), celebrating an enduring love shaped by the yesteryears’ sweetest memories and fortifying obstacles. The young couple’s roles were played by De Vera and Oli.

Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman (1)

Photo taken by Jason Consigo and Beth Borromeo

Perhaps, one of the most remarkable dialogues of the film was that of Razon’s and De Vera’s. Razon, Aneglo’s big brother or kuya in the story, emphasized how the words “Hindi ko na kaya” (I cannot do it anymore) implies that we cannot accomplish things on our own- we need guidance, help and mercy of God. And that we can have through a fervent prayer.

The tale narrated not a love story but of a story of love that transcends time.

Ms. Pilita Corales, Bro. Eli, Kuya Daniel and his wife, Ms. Arlene Razon added spark to the short film as they rendered all-time favorite love songs such as “Basta’t Magkasama Tayo”, “God Knows”, “What I Did for Love”, “Please be Careful with my Heart”, “I Just Called to Say I Love You” and “Fly Me to the Moon” in between.

The night ended with a few more performances and a message from Bro. Eli. He explained that the proceeds of this concert will be used for the construction of a convention center in Metro Manila to cater more Church members and guests. “It’s a special form of entertainment or also a way for us to advance, to fund a very priced challenge beginning outside the Church,” he said.

With that, people were left in much awe, waiting for another night of music and stories of love and charity.

Dearest Friends,

At times, nobody seems to care,

But believe Someone’s always there

To ease your pain, to wipe your tears,

To heal your wounds, to soothe your fears.

And when people are far away,

Someone is still there to listen

To your stories of grief, dismay;

Just pray, let that load be lightened.

The White Wall

On the white wall of his abode,
Hopes, dreams and wishes he once wrote;
Some fulfilled, some not yet,
Some buried in regret…
But, “Always have faith”, that wall showed.

Existence

I remember the time when
the birds’ symphony
will wake me up from a long,
looooong,
long slumber,
and the sun’s rays
will hug the innocent me
after a full-length movie
called a dream.

I certainly can recall
moments of foolishness
I did back then:
riding a bike (eyes closed)
taking a bath (in a tub of mud)
throwing a tooth (in a neighbor’s roof).
Sigh.
I can’t help but smile
and smile
then burst out in laughter.

Today,
Mr. Clock became strict-
he won’t allow me to be
that seven-year old gal anymore,
naive
gullible
dainty.
Now,
I can’t find time to do
Those silly tricks I did before
I only can reminisce them
while trying to chase
my errands’ deadlines.

Albeit the fact that things
have changed, adjusted
to this generation’s fast-paced life,
a thing remained the same-
and that is me, being alive.

If I were not existing,
I would not have written these
and would not have shared
one
of the many things I’m grateful for
to someone like you
who’s someone like me
inhaling, exhaling with His mercy.

Life-
it is a gift, a blessing
that we should all appreciate.
It is just amazing to witness
How sunrises follow dark nights
How rainbows are painted after storms
How people can smile despite sorrows
How poems like this can be freely made
And for that, I can’t say more,
but

Thank You God!