If Italians have a singing nun who recently won “The Voice” reality TV show, Filipinos have a singing cardinal who could give her a run for her money.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will surprise the Catholic faithful with a song in a benefit concert, “Rise! Rebuilding from the Ruins,” on June 11 at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila.
Fr. Reggie Malicdem, secretary of the Archbishop of Manila, on Monday said Tagle will perform with celebrated local talents in the concert to be directed by popular conductor Ryan Cayabyab.
The benefit concert aims to generate P20 million for the rebuilding of 20 ruined churches and chapels in Samar and Leyte provinces that were ravaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda in November last year.
Peachy Yamsuan of the Archdiocese of Manila’s Office of Communications, said she would not be surprised if the cardinal sang “The Warrior is a Child” composed by award-winning singer Gary Valenciano.
The piece, according to Yamsuan, is Tagle’s favorite song.
The cardinal sang the Valenciano hit also in a recent benefit concert in Tagle’s hometown in Cavite province.
During the Monday press launch of the “Rise” concert, the cardinal said the effort to rebuild a church is not only a tribute to God but also a tribute to the living community.
“It’s an acknowledgment of the strong faith of the people,” he pointed out.
Fr. Anton Pascual, executive director of the Roman Catholic charity Caritas Manila, said there is a need to rebuild the churches for they are a “symbol of refuge, hope and strength for the victims of Yolanda.”
Among the typhoon-hit churches that will be rebuilt with the money raised from the June 11 concert are Our Lady of Fatima Chapel and Saint Scholastica Chapel in Palo, Leyte.
For ticket inquiries, call Caritas Manila at 562-0020 to 25 or visit www.caritasmanila.org.ph