A year after an unforgettable golden anniversary musicale, Jesuit Music Ministry’s (JMM) landmark concert “Ginintuan: Celebrating 50 Years of Jesuit Music” once again dazzled audiences with its online premiere screening last Friday evening, August 14.
‘Ginintuan’ made a welcome return via the social media stage, as it streamed for the first time on the JesCom and Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM Facebook pages- to the delight of close to 200,000 virtual spectators.
JMM fans and followers relived the momentous gathering of notable musical talents who have shaped the half-century journey of Jesuit music in the Philippines. Remarkable performances from acclaimed composer Fr. Manoling Francisco SJ, Vespers instrumentalists Jay Gomez and Gerry Duran, alongside choirs Bukas Palad, Hangad, Himig Heswita, Koro Ilustrado, Pansol Choir and Tinig Barangka, all paid tribute to the enduring musical legacy of the late Fr. Eduardo Hontiveros SJ, regarded as the “Father of Philippine Liturgical Music”.
Among the stellar cast of artists were special guests Toto Sorioso and soprano Lara Maigue, who delighted the gallery with their collaboration on “Pananatili”. Folk rock artist Noel Cabangon acknowledged the golden opportunity JesCom granted to his music career, then brought the Irwin Theater crowd to its feet as they waved and sang in unison to his patriotic hymn “Mabuting Pilipino”.
Accompanied by house orchestra Musica Chiesa, OPM star Bituin Escalente showcased her powerful vocals in a stunning rendition of “Gabing Kulimlim”. Meanwhile, the 2017 Aliw Awardee for Best Classical Performer, Lara Maigue, later joined the evening’s guest of honor, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, in their heartwarming duet of “Hesus na Aking Kapatid”.
Now the newest member of Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, Cardinal Tagle spoke volumes on the pioneering work and humility of Fr. Hontiveros.
“How truly selfless was Fr.Honti. It was not music to prove something of himself, but just to contribute…Fr. Honti was not only a talented person but also very prayerful. Sa music niya lumalabas yung kabutihan ng kanyang puso. He was such a good and saintly person.”
In his closing remarks, JesCom Executive Director, Fr. Nono Alfonso SJ honored Fr. Hontiveros’ trailblazing vision and creative zeal that forever transformed Philippine liturgical music and the faith of millions of Filipinos.
“With Vatican II and Fr. Honti, the mass and liturgical music were now in the vernacular. Suddenly, radically we could now talk to God in prayer and He spoke to us in our own language. This is the great contribution of Fr. Honti and Jesuit Music Ministry. With their music, our relationship with God has been truly enriched,” he affirmed.
“Their music has become the soundtrack in our spiritual life, and it is only right to be celebrating their 50 years of being instruments in the faith life of many… May you continue to help sustain our ministry, so we can continue to serve our Mother Church and God, for the next 50 years. Indeed, so we can sing forever.”
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