JMM Releases New Songbook

1 10 2008

1 October 2008. The Jesuit Music Ministry released a new songbook. The objective is simplicity. This songbook contains the musical scores of two albums, Prayers from the Upper Room and Sing of Him, produced by the Religious of the Cenacle and the Jesuit Music Ministry. As articulated by the introduction of the album, Prayers from the Upper Room, the inspiration of these albums is the Cenacle (latin,”coenaculum”), where the Last Supper took place, where Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, where He returned after the Ascension. It was the place where Mary and the disciples “devoted themselves to prayer” (Acts 1, 14) until the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

 

These songs are therefore intended for quiet and communal prayer. The notes and arrangements are stripped to the basic melody and a few lines for harmony, with only an exception for a SATB choir. The songs from the album, Sing of Him, are for duets. Though the songs can be sung in big occasions, the feel and mood of these arrangements express an intimacy found in the gathering of family, friends or small communities, all remembering the Lord in prayer and liturgy.

This songbook is available at all Tanging Yaman stores at the Jescom building and Loyola House of Studies in Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City; at Gateway Mall (near LRT station) and at the 5th floor, SM Megamall (outside of the SM Megamall Chapel).

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Blessing of Jubilee Music Ministry Store

16 06 2008

14 June 2008. Frs. Carlo Magno and Mimo Perez (featured) re-located their Jubilee Music Ministry store from the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to Bulwagang Karlista, San Carlos Seminary in EDSA Guadalupe, Makati City. The Jesuit Music Ministry with Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ, Ms. Ditdit Sablan of the sales department, and Michael Cardoz from the production department attended the opening. The store sells CDs, books and other novelty items. Fr. Mimo Perez sings his original composition, Awit ng Pag-uwi. The store was blessed by Msgr. Ding Coronel.





Fr. Jboy’s Memorial Acclamation

24 05 2008

 

Sa Muling Pagbabalik is Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ memorial acclamation. Performed by Canto Cinco (C5) Music Ministry and Musica Chiesa. Choral Arrangement by Willan Caimol. Music Arrangement by Mike Bulaong. Sung regularly at the 11:00 am Sunday Mass in UP.





A write-up about the BukasPalad Concert

22 09 2007
Jason Escartin is the seminarian (front row in white polo shirts) third from left.

COMING OUT OF A CAVE
Jason Escartin

Before that night, I didn’t even know of Bukas Palad.

Surprisingly, many people were already celebrating its 20th year of existence!

But not only that.

I didn’t even know that we seminarians have been singing songs made by them!

We have been singing I will Sing Forever forever.

That concert introduced me to new things. i enjoyed them, particularly Hangganan and

O Hesus Aking Kaibigan.

With that experience, I came out of an old cave, and saw day.

That night at the Gesu changed me.





BukasPalad’s 20th Anniversary Album Launch

28 08 2007






25 August 2007. BukasPalad celebrates 20 years with a double-CD Album launch at the Church of the Gesu, Ateneo de Manila University.





JMM at the St. Ignatius Celebration 2007

30 07 2007




29 July 2007. The Jesuit Music Ministry provided the excellent music at the Philippine Province Celebration. Fr. Manoling Francisco SJ was the music director and conductor. Himig Heswita’s Sch. Ernald Andal SJ and Mark Lopez SJ were music coordinators. Fr. Arnel Aquino SJ on the clavinova, and Sch. Junjun del Monte SJ on the keyboard. The musicians were members of the UP Musica Chiesa with Cynthia Sanchez assisting in the arrangements. JMM artists and choirs (Barangka Choir, Tinig Barangka, Canto Cinco C5, BukasPalad, Hangad, Urban Bliss) composed the composite choir for the celebration. With Fr. Danny Huang SJ, Provincial.





Himig Heswita’s Come to Jesus Concert Final Performance

25 07 2007








22 July 2007. The 2nd night of Himig Heswita’s Healing Concert, “Come to Jesus” at the Cardinal Sin Center, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University.