In an effort to welcome the Christmas season with good tidings and sense of hope, the Philippine Consulate General(PCG) in Honolulu will offer a free concert on November 28 at the Binhi and Ani Filipino Community Center.
Dubbed “Joy to the World: A Christmas Concert,” the musical offering features the Philippine Chorale and other performers. The concert is under the direction of Hon. Leoncio Cardenas Jr., consul general of the Philippines.
The event, open to the public, features a wide variety of Christmas carols popular among the people of the Philippines.
All-time favorites such as “Noche Buena,” “Maligayang-maligaya Nawa ang Iyong Pasko,” and “Villancico Para Natividad,” “O Holy Night,” and “Joy to the World.”
Apart from the Philippine Chorale, other artists who will perform at the concert include Amado Cacho, Arnold Pontillas, Paul Raymund Cortes, Jasmin Baxa-Butay, and Cielo Guillermo. Cortes also serves as consul of the Philippine Consulate General.
“Not only as a part of the consulate outreach program, this concert provides a deeper engagement and connection with the Filipino community,” says Consul Lolita Capco. “On Saturday, November 27, officers and staff will provide a full-day consular services such as passport processing, notary, and dual citizenship to the Filipino community on Maui,” she adds.
The Philippine Chorale, formed in December 2009 under the musical direction of ConGen Leoncio Cardenas, is composed of twenty officers of the Philippine Consulate General, staff members of the consulate, and guest singers.
The chorale’s musical prowess was premiered to the Philippine community at the 112th Philippine Independence Day Celebrations held in June 2010.
The premier show “Filipino, Ang Galing Mo,” was a musical revue that underscored the triumphs of the Filipinos and dramatized the enduring capability of the people of the Philippines against all odds, including their ability to triumph even against the most miserable of social conditions.
The Christmas concert will also be presented in Kona, Big Island on December 5, and in Honolulu on December 10.
For further information, contact Consul Lolita Capco at (808) 595-6316.