• George Sison kissed by the angels

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    Rosalinda L. Orosa

    Rosalinda L. Orosa

    The Concise English Oxford Dictionary has several definitions of “character;” among them is “an interesting, eccentric, amusing person.” Change “eccentric” to “sparkling” and the definition will fit George Sison perfectly.

    The son of brilliant lawyer Carlos Moran Sison, one of the wittiest bon vivants of his time, and socialite Priscilla de la Fuente, the embodiment of elegance and refinement, George has doubtlessly inherited many traits of his parents although he has carved out a distinct career for himself. He is the founder of the Temple of Prayer, Peace and Prosperity, a transformational and developmental center in the country.

    A guru, George has none of the close-minded, egocentric attitude of many spiritual leaders. He has a genuine, abiding love for all his friends—I doubt that he has enemies—and devoutly assures them of their closeness to God. This is proven by his daily mantras, and is consistently expressed in his booklets of meditation; e.g., “Soul Spa, Happiness Is a Decision” and his best sellers “A Miracle Awaits You” and “I am a Winner”.

    Further, George is a multi-faceted person. He is a poet; his poems are in books “In Words and Color” and “Mirrors”, and a former stage actor, painter, composer, film producer, TV host and political detainee.

    The events and gatherings George hosts are so unusual and unique, they should be included in the Guinness Book of World Records. At these affairs, each guest feels an upliftment of his soul.

    George’s invitation to his recent book launch is as fascinating as the man himself. The invitation reads: “Join me in celebrating the launch of my 4th book on consciousness You Are God As You on Friday, 19th of June, 6:30 p.m. at Whitespace.”

    George ends the invitation with the gleeful guarantee: “You can happily expect serendipitous encounters, lots of song and laughter—lively exchange of ideas and discovering the many wonderful reflections of yourself.”

    As George, the amusing, interesting and sparkling character and guru, went around assuring guests of God’s love and closeness to them, the angels must have flown from their celestial abode and with wings still fluttering, kissed him fondly.

    Meanwhile, the following announcement was sent to Encore:

    In 2007, tenor Rogelio Peñaverde Jr. left the Philippines in pursuit of perfecting his craft. Since then, he has obtained a Masters degree in Music, major in Voice, from the Manhattan School of Music, and has become a much sought after lead tenor of the Mozart and bel canto opera repertoire. He has essayed the lead roles of Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Tonio in Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment and Fenton in Verd’s Falstaff, among others, and has been noted by the New York Times for his “sweet sound” and praised by Opera Magazine as an “incisive tenor”.

    Having established his place in the opera scene, Peñaverde now sets his sights on promoting Philippine music on the world stage. He conceptualized the Great Filipino Composers Series to raise awareness of Philippine compositions internationally and to enhance the meaningful celebration of Philippine Independence Day in New York City. Peñaverde believes that showcasing the Philippine’s rich culture in the field of music will provide a tangible testimony to the ingenuity of the Filipino people and expand the musical identity of a country that is known all over the world for its outstanding singers and musicians. He is hopeful that the Great Filipino Composers Series will generate interest in including Philippine compositions in the general international performance repertoire.

    On June 22, the San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir of New York, in partnership with Jose Ramos, Dr. Jeanne Damian, and Peñaverde, presented the first Great Filipino Composers Series concert at Merkin Concert Hall of the Kaufmann Center in Upper West Side, New York City.

    Launched were the works of Maestro Nicanor Abelardo as performed by professional Philippine-American classical music artists. Maestro Nicanor Abelardo was instrumental in formalizing the structure of the Philippine Kundiman. He is best known for his compositions “Bituing Marikit,” “Mutya ng Pasig” and “Nasaan Ka, Irog.”

    Participating in this momentous event are Filipino-American classical music artists Clement Acevedo (pianist), Jerry Dadap Jr. (guitarist), Alex Drilon (tenor), Enrico Lagasca (bass-baritone), William Oh (violinist), Peñaverde (tenor), Katrina Saporsantos (soprano), Joy Tamayo (soprano), the Philippine-American Choral Project, and the San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir of New York.

    The show is under the musical direction of Benjamin Dia and the stage direction of Cristina Sison and Enrico Lagasca. Segments of the show was introduced by audio-visual presentations prepared by Bianca Consunji. The event was created by Peñaverde who also served as its overall artistic director.

    This event was presented in part through the generosity of Loida Nicolas Lewis, Dr. Rebecca Rivera, the Ateneo Alumni Association of Northeast America, Mr. Edwin Josue, Mr. Jerry Sibal, and Dr. Emilio Quines. It is also made possible by the efforts of the JCI Philippine-New York Chapter and the Felipe Padilla De Leon Foundation.

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