May 22, 2009
By Francis Raymund Gonzales
For St Augustine, the one who sings while praying and while communing with God prays twice. What more can the men of prayer do, when they sing?
From left to right: Fr Artemio Deo, Fr Wilson Lagare, Fr Severo Caermare, Fr Gregorio Canonigo and Sem. Eudes Panales
At the eve of the Dipolog fiesta, the city clergy held a mini-concert for all. It was named the Concierto Clerico, on which selected clerics and personalities glamored the night with their golden voices and soothing songs. The starring priests (and seminarian) were Fr. Severo Caermare, Fr Artemio Deo, Fr Wilson Lagare, Theologate Seminarian Eudes Panales, and fr. Gregorio Canonigo, the parish rector. It was held on the newly built facade of the cathedral.
Some of the most known classical songs had been sung, like "All For LOve", "Cant You Feel The Love Tonight?", "I'm Out Of Love", "Sweet Dreams", "The Promise", "Someday". Visayan classics are also sung like "Matud Nila". With them is a guest performer, Dodong Jumawan, who graced the night with his superb play with the piano keys.
The last to perform is the bishop of Dipolog himself, Most Reverend Jose Manguiran, who sang "You Raise Me Up" for everybody.
For a close, the whole congregation sang the "Salve Regina" and the rector wished all a good night and a happy Fiesta for the next day.