Angel Thought for the Day

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Angel Thought for the Day


Bible Inspiration;The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil. Proverbs 15:28When Abu Sayyaf chief Janjalani boasted to the whole world that they were responsible for the explosion that set off that deadly fire in the WG&A super ferry last week, it was sad not one responsible Muslim leader denounced the evil act.Janjalani even supplied grisly details about a suicide bomber listed as Passenger 51 who he said was one of their own trained followers. The death toll is more than a hundred dead and missing. Allah, we know, would never have condoned senseless violence, especially against innocents.Let us pray for the dead and their families that they be given justice!

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Next Friday, make time to go to the concert of the San Miguel Master Chorale at the Nicanor Abelardo (main theatre) of the CCP. Entitled Kayumanggi the repertoire will be all-Filipino and Asian, according to Ryan Cayabyab, for acapella and accompanied voices, so it should be a worthwhile event to dress up for (and have the usual Friday night traffic).Just recently we went to the CCP for the gala concert of Charles Chuckie Ibay and we were so glad we took the effort. The theatre, while not full to the rafters, had a capacity audience that gave Chuckie several standing ovations as he played brilliantly and sang movingly. He went from classic pieces to his own arrangements for Pilipino songs to jazz and Broadway numbers.Two days later, he performed before a huge crowd at the Quirino grandstand for Filipino migrant families with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as special guest. He was also the subject of the weekly reflection in the official missalette for the Sunday mass as an example of Pro-Life values.Earlier in the week, Chuckie had a grand time sampling the classic favorite dishes at the newly re-opened fine dining restaurant of Via Mare at its original site, Glorietta One. Glenda Barretto played host to him and his parents, Roman and Menchie Ibay, Stella Acedera, Chuchie de Vega and Mimi Gumaru as well as Beth Sison Tagle and her talented singer-son George.Chuckie and George gave the clients and guests of Via Mare a sampling of their musical prowess and just before calling it a day, the two sang a duet together of The Prayer. With Chuckie at the keyboards, he also sang the song ala Andrea Bochelli while George sang it ala Josh Groban. It was a magical moment for all of us to hear to talented young Filipinos make beautiful music together. Watch out for George Tagle and Chuckie Ibay!

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Going back to the San Miguel chorale, we were serenaded by the group at the Bulong Pulungan sa Westin a day after we marked a milestone and two days befor e our colleague, Joanne Rae Ramirez of Star and People Asia marked hers. Ryan brought the entire chorale and we had beautiful music for the afternoon, just before we listened to three classy lady candidates Pia Cayetano and Jamby Madrigal from opposite camps running for the Senate and Berna Romulo Puyat for the congressional seat in Quezon Citys first district. We promised to vote for Pia and Jamby and campaign for Berna among our friends and relatives in QCs District 1.The young and talented members of the chorale group are all professional singers. They are music majors and are under the auspices of the San Miguel Foundation for the performing arts, an organization committed to the enrichment of arts and culture in the Philippines. For this, Ryan Cayabyab gave up living abroad because he was convinced by its main patron, Boss Danding Cojuangco of the SMC of its value to the country. …

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