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.
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.
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.