Disyembre 14, 2011


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Six long weekends await Pinoys in 2012

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REAR: Namamasko Po!


After our successful show at the World Youth Day, the Jesuits Communication Foundation invited us again to be part of a Christmas Concert. When are professor told us about this, I felt mixed emotions both happy and not sure if I can join. But still I wrote my name on the list to be part of the show. 2 weeks before the show, we scheduled dates for practices but weren't able to meet the numbers of members joining the group and we wasted a week. 5 days before the concert, I am losing hope to perform at the Big Dome because still weren't able to meet the numbers. And then angels came, Social Work freshmen students joined us! YEHEY! We are enlightened even though weren't able to meet the 40pax, we have 34 heads, 68 hands and 1 heart

When I knew that we will be performing at SMART Araneta Coliseum (yun sure na sure na!) I am so excited because various artists and shows happened there. And a joyful and youthful concert will occur, the Namamasko Po! Karoling ng Kabataang Pinoy.

Fast forward to December 10, 2011 the day that didn't start good. We experienced dreadful moments such as our black lights was accidentally broken, the aircon at the bus got over-heat, a traffic enforcer caught our bus driver's license (pero naayos din), muntik ng mabanga ang bus namin, hindi alam ng bus driver kung saan dadaan at akala namin mahuhuli na naman ang bus driver ng isa pang traffic enforser. In the end, we were able to be at the Coliseum safe and alive! Aleluyah! :)

Due to technical and lights problems, we mimed with those lights ON and WITHOUT black lights. I'm not sure if the audience were able to see or recognize the figures we made. As they say, "The show must go on." and nevertheless I know each one of us gave our hearts during the performances and PROUD to represent Centro Escolar University. They almost forgot to recognize our group after our performance that made one of the professors in our university angry. Likewise the whole group was saddened about that, almost all of us cried! We are really disheartened. But we got better when a Bro. from the JesCom productions apologized for what had happened and he expressed how much he appreciated our craft. 

I'm also disappointed because our production no. was not been aired last Dec. 18 at Studio 23. They cut our part. Siguro dahil kasiraan sa show nila ang kapalpakan ng production nila. Those people don't know how much effort, time and heart we dedicated to finish those figures for 2 songs. Then what will we get? NOTHING. 

Were not the only one who experienced those technical problems. In the middle of Claret Hataw's performance, their music stopped that forced them to finish their dance routine. Sayang lang at nagkaroon ng technical problem, bigla na lang huminto ang tugtog nila. Siguro kung natapos nila ang dance routine nila mas madami pa silang napabilib. Anyway, continue to STEP. MOVE. DANCE. HATAW -- Claret Hataw! :) 

I understand that we cannot avoid technical and lights problems in every production. And whatever happens "The show must go on." I learned that we should always be  prepared and whatever happens be proud of what you're doing. I’m really proud of the CEU-Moving Hands even though were not members of this group and even if were just asked to be part of the production we gave our hearts to the show. And I hope everyone saw that. 

At dahil ang Pinoy ay likas na masasayahin kahit na may problemang kinaharap o kinahaharap, nagsaya na lang kami sa concert!  Nakisayaw at naki-amazing kay Carelle Mangaliag, nakikanta sa mga chorale at nakiparty kay Yeng Constantino. Na-enjoy namin ang buong concert at sa bandang dulo inuwi ko ang aral na tinuro sa amin ni Archbishop Tagle, tungkol sa tunay na kahulugan ng Pasko at iyon ang MAGBIGYAN. :)

Namamasko Po! Karoling ng Kabataang Pinoy

The Poster
As the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines declared year 2011 as the Year of the Youth, which started from December 16, 2010 and will end on the same date this year,  a Christmas concert was held at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum last December 10, 2011 by the Archdiocese of Manila's Commission on the Youth and Campus Ministry Office as well as Jesuit Communications Foundation (JesCom). 

Namamasko Po! Karoling ng Kabataang Pinoy carried the theme, "Kabataang Pilipino: Handog sa Bayan at Simbahan." It featured young recognized achievers in the field of entertainment and arts, politics and philanthropy that gave inspirational message to their fellow youth and to the audience. 

(c) Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle

Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle of the Archdiocese of Manila gave a short address to the assembly. 

He reminded the young people and others to bring back the true meaning of Christmas -- "God's self-emptying gift of Himself which we must follow in our lives and what is the real and deeper role of "caroling" in the context of our Christmas Filipino Traditional Celebrations."

The Stage

Musician Friends of the Jesuits
The orchestra is rehearsing
Multi-awarded youth groups performed on stage and generously shared their talents for a meaningful event of the Church. Among them were Claret Hataw, Hail Mary the Queen Children's Choir, Kilyawan Boys Choir, Las Pinas Boys Choir and the University of the East Chorale.  There were other chorale from different colleges and universities such as Centro Escolar University Singers, Adamson Chorale, De La Salle University Chorale, Polytechic University of the Philippines Bagong Himig Serenata,  also included were the Centro Escolar University Moving Hands, the St. Paul University Animators and dancers and the Young Peacemakers on Campus. Songs were accompanied by the Musician Friends of the Jesuits. 

Jovit Baldivino rehearsing
Yeng Constantino, Jovit Baldivino and Markki Stroem also sang their carols. 

Carelle Mangaliag and Ding Dong Dantes gave their inspirational messages. 

Andrei Felix and Gretchen Fullido were the hosts.

This joyful and youthful event was focused on the youth, the Catholic Church aims to increase awareness of their plight and promote the youth's active role in the church and society. 

Performers and Staffs Praying

After the successful of  World Youth Day Madrid to Manila Overnight Vigil  last August 20 and 21, that gathered as much as 12,000 youths from all over the country, this major concert followed. 

The Christmas Concert will be aired on Studio 23, December 18, 2011 (Sunday), 10 pm. :)

...let the show begin. :)

Hosts: Andrei Felix and Gretchen Fullido
The audience

After Msgr. Vincent Bauson Opening Remarks, the CEU Moving Hands performed "Tell The World of His Love" for Doxology

...CEU Moving Hands also performed "Sana Ngayong Pasko" with Jovit Baldivino

Due to technical and lights problems, we mimed with those lights ON and WITHOUT black lights. As they say, "The show must go on." and nevertheless I know each one of us gave our hearts during the performances and PROUD to represent Centro Escolar University.

The orchestra played "Sana Ngayong Pasko"

Andrei Felix and Jovit Baldivino
Jovit Baldivino also sang "Ang Pasko'y Pag-ibig"

...After that CEU Singers...

CEU Singers (Manila and Makati) rehearsing

Carelle Mangaliag taught everyone at SMART-Araneta Coliseum how to be AMAZING...through her inspirational message and dance. :) Lahat ng tao sa Coliseum ay naki sayaw sa kanya at naging amazing. 

Then Claret Hataw showcased their talent in dancing. No wonder why those boys won 2nd Place at the Skechers Streetdance Battle 7. Napatili ang mga kabataang babae at napahanga nila ang bawat tao sa Coliseum. In the middle of their performance, their music stopped and forced them to finish their dance routine. Another technical problem.  Anyway, continue to STEP. MOVE. DANCE. HATAW -- Claret Hataw! :) 

Markki Stroem
He sang "You Raise Me Up" and "O Holy Night".

Chorale after Chorale...Carols after Carols...Performance after Performance

Dingdong Dantes
Dingdong said something about his advocacy and foundation and encouraged the young people to participate in the work of Nation building. 

Yeng Constanino performed "Pasko sa Pinas"...
and "Hawak Kamay"

Yeng rocked these people with her performance!
A Prayer of the Youth also happened that lead the whole congregation to a youth prayer composed by the youth.
As the highlight of the concert Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle made one of us remember the true meaning of Christmas. He also serenaded the audience with his song. He sang "Christmas in Our Hearts" *galing ni Archbishop kumanta. :)

Before the concert ends chorales from CEU and Adamson sang Pasko Medley.

May everyone live the true spirit of  Christmas.
Merry Christmas 
and Happy New Year!

my pass

Catch Namamasko Po! Karoling ng Kabataang Pinoy on Studio 23, December 18, 2011 (Sunday), 10 pm. :)

***MY REAL EMOTIONS about the concert was revealed on another blog post. :)

***sources: www.mariansolidarity.com

photo credit: James Banaag

Disyembre 03, 2011

Namamasko Po!

Namamasko Po!
Karoling ng Kabataang Pinoy
12.10.11 6 pm
SMART - Araneta Coliseum

Namamasko Po invite (Feel free to pass)

image from Jesuit Communications

"Highlighting the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines' Year of the Youth celebrations, a Christmas concert will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on December 10, 2011 from 7 to 10 pm by the Archdiocese of Manila's Commission on the Youth and Campus Ministry Office as well as Jesuit Communications Foundation (JesCom). With the theme, "KABATAAN: Handog sa Simbahan at Bayan".

By focusing on the youth, the Catholic Church aims to increase awareness of their plight and promote the youth's active role in the church and society.

"The Year of the Youth is the Catholic Church's way of showing its undying love for and hope in the Filipino youth," explained Fr. Nono Alfono, SJ, Director of JesCom. "This concert will help inspire and uplift their spirits."

 A donation of PHP 50.00 per ticket will be greatly appreciated to cover the expenses of the concert. For more information, please contact Jesuit Communications at 426-5971 or email jcf@admu.edu.ph."

***Posted by Handpicked by Ron and Chris (my source)
***Read full blog and invite at Handpicked by Ron and Chris: Namamasko Po



"Creativity is not inspired by the pressure of time but by the freedom, the playfulness and the fun."

Disyembre 02, 2011

Coca-Cola Where Will Happiness Strike Next: The OFW Project

Happiness is Home
Happiness is being Together

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My Real Emotions:

We Filipinos are family-oriented. We will do everything for our family...
to satisfy their wants and needs,
to sacrifice our own happiness for their happiness.  

This video really made me cry and smile
to know how hard Overseas Filipino Workers' life abroad and
to see how happy they are being with their family again…

Christmas is best celebrated here in the Philippines.
Most especially when you are with your family…