As the Yuletide season draws closer, marking the end to what has been a trying year, Jesuit Music Ministry (JMM) gifts listeners with songs of faith and hope in “Christmas Begins”.
Featuring rising theater actor and tenor Arman Ferrer, the nine-track album seeks to brighten spirits and spread holiday cheer with beloved classics and inspiring renditions.
“A lot of pain has happened, but we need to have faith that all will be well soon. We shouldn’t lose that hope. We have to keep helping and loving one another in order for us to overcome the struggles caused by this pandemic,” says Ferrer of the heartening message behind “Christmas Begins”.
Headlining the album is the first-ever solo recording of Maestro Ryan Cayabyab’s “Paskong Walang Haggan”– an artistic challenge that the on-stage leading man calmly took in stride and thus, delivered splendidly.
“It is always an honor to interpret songs from legendary icons in our industry. However, it’s also a big responsibility to sing these songs. I had to make sure that I bring out the intention of the composer and lyricists, at the same time, putting my own interpretation and expressions as well.”
Producing JMM’s newest Christmas album did encounter its fair share of difficulties brought about by the pandemic, yet these did not deter Ferrer from giving his beleaguered countrymen a reason to find joy and sing in time for the Savior’s birth.
“It was very difficult. Of course, because of COVID, we were limited with our movements and resources. We had to make sure that it was safe for everyone who’s involved in this project by following the protocols,” recalled the six-time nominee at the 2020 Awit Awards.
“The main reason why we decided to make this album is that we wanted to bring hope and joy this Christmas Season. This album is my prayer during this pandemic. We are called to use God’s gift of music to bring hope and inspiration to everyone who needs them.”
With singles from the album featured weekly on digital music platforms, leading up to the full ‘Christmas Begins’ release on November 27, the multi-talented UP College of Music product shared his heartfelt Christmas wish for all.
“May music inspire you this Season. May the Spirit of Christmas be kindled in your hearts through our music, and may our music help you find joy and hope during these dark times. Through these beautiful songs, may we all remember what Christmas is all about — ’tis about love, hope, and family.”