Sunday, 11 November 2018 09:26

8th Manila Cathedral Pipe Organ Concert features MARIA: The Most Beautiful Sound

The wonderful life of Mary as the Mother of God and Mother of the Church was showcased at the 8th Pipe Organ Concert at the Manila Cathedral last November 9.

The concert entitled MARIA: The Most Beautiful Sound also marked the 60th Anniversary of the rebuilding and consecration of the Manila Cathedral post-war.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle told the faithful in his message to fix their gaze on Mary, who he said “is truly God’s most beautiful artwork” and “God’s divine obra maestra.”

“Together, let us lovingly set our eyes on our Blessed Mother as we ponder also the history and vocation of our Mother Church, the Manila Cathedral,” Cardinal Tagle said.

Cardinal Tagle sings the finale song "Inay" during the 8th Manila Cathedral Pipe Organ Concert (Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao)

Singer Frenchie Dy, dubbed as the country’s “Big time Belter” opened the concert with a song entitled “When You Believe” with the Manila Cathedral-Basilica Choir. Star in Million champion Eric Santos delighted the crowd with his rendition of “You Raise Me up”. Folk singer and composer Noel Cabangon Chua did a medley of the songs “Ugoy ng Duyan” and “Payapang Daigdig.”

Other guests include Poppert Bernadas, Cheska Sarausad, Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante, Caisa Borromeo, Alfritz Blanche, and the Southernside Dance Theater. A video of the song “Mary Did You Know” by El Gamma Penumbra was also shown.

Cardinal Tagle ended the night by singing the beautiful song, “Inay’’earning loud claps from the crowd.

MARIA: The Most Beautiful Sound was directed by Rem Zamora, musical direction by Ejay Yatco, and written by Cathy Azanza-Dy. It was produced by The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica Foundation, Inc. with Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc., and A+B Expedio Integrated Marketing Communications, Inc.

The Pipe Organ Festival is an annual event of The Manila Cathedral that started in 2006. After the 6th Pipe Organ Festival in 2012, the cathedral was closed for retrofitting and much needed structural repairs. In 2012, the festival resumed. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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