Chopin’s Etude In E Major Opus 10 No. 3 (basis of “No Other Love”)
Hatinggabi by Antonio Molina
Mayon (Fantasia de Concierto) by Francisco Buencamino, Sr.
I Could Have Danced All Night (from My Fair Lady)
Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal by Ernani Cuenco
This list reads like the Top Five Hits From My Childhood, for I grew up in this music, as they are just some of my parents’ favorite songs. Imagine the joy my Mama and I felt when all these and more were performed last Saturday during “A Night to Remember”, a fundraising concert for the projects of the Parish of Saint Benedict, held at the Don Antonio Heights Homeowners’ Association (DAHHA) Clubhouse.
Internationally-acclaimed artists May Gorospe-Favis (soprano), Angelo Favis (guitar), and Charisse Baldoria (pianist) treated the parishioners and friends of St. Benedict to world-class music. Mama and I particularly enjoyed the jaw-dropping set of six out of seven songs composed by Manuel de Falla, where husband-and-wife team May and Angelo displayed their versatility in evoking a myriad of emotions through Siete canciones populares españolas (“Seven Spanish Folksongs”).
If I were Mama, I would miss Papa during the concert, as the latter is currently on vacation in the U.S. The celebration of music reminded us that true beauty comes from God and art such as that reminds us of what our soul aches for – heaven. I have seen concerts at the Vatican and in other grand churches – on TV, as I wasn’t invited – with the Pope in attendance, and last Saturday, I felt that grand. May also performed Psalm 23 and a song for Saint Clare that gave me goosebumps.
I could not help but admire the artists for their skill and talent. The priests asked me afterwards if I was inspired to practice the piano more and perform for them after watching that concert. I said, “As a matter of fact, No. You know me, I would choose not to do something if I know I cannot do perfectly.“
I love music though and I bought Angelo’s two CD’s where he recorded Philippine music with his guitar. Love was in the air that night and I could not help but catch it with a smile. Love for God. Love for music. Love for friends. Love for community. And Love for my parents, who taught me all that.
My friends Hanzel, Marla, and Tess watched the concert, too, and we enjoyed the cocktails together with Mama, Fr. Steve, and some friends from the Parish Pastoral Council afterwards. We could not help laughing and having a great time, and it was not (just) because of the overflowing wine.
Forgive me for using a cliche, but I must admit it was indeed “a night to remember”.