06/12/2011: Paskong Pinoy Gathers Filipino Community in Metro DC to Celebrate Christmas
Everyone in the audience stood up to applaud the Paskong Pinoy performers and to join them in the singing of Filipino Christmas classic, Pasko na Naman, composed by National Artist Felipe De Leon.
December 6, 2011, Washington, DC – Paskong Pinoy 2011 was held on December 3, 2011 at the Edward J. Pryzbyla Center of the Catholic University of America. Choral groups and instrumentalists performed well-loved Filipino Christmas carols and English Christmas tunes to more than 400 guests. Mrs. Vicky Cuisia attended on behalf of Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. who was in San Diego, California to attend a NaFFAA regional conference.
With the theme Kulturang Pamana, Alaala ng Bayan (Cultural Heritage, Gift from Home), this year’s Paskong Pinoy celebrated the Filipino American community and its many contributions to the Philippines and the United States.
Northern Virginia Rondalla
Filipino Ministry Choir of St. Columba
The program opened with the Northern Virginia Rondalla playing Pagsapit ng Pasko and O Holy Night. The Northern Virginia Rondalla is composed of young Filipino Americans who are experienced in playing the Philippine bandurria. This was followed by the Filipino Ministry Choir of St. Columba who transported everyone back to the Philippines with their medley of Filipino Christmas songs.
St. Columba Children’s Choir
Reuel Klint Lara
The audience sang with the children who performed with the St. Columba Children’s Choir while most of the guests turned nostalgic with Reuel Klint Lara’s moving rendition of Believe from the movie The Polar Express and The Prayer by David Foster on the violin.
The choir Conmigos, which performs regularly at the St. Edward’s the Confessor Parish in Bowie Maryland, sang Let There be Peace on Earth and delighted everyone with their version of Kumukutikutitap popularized by Filipino maestro Ryan Cayabyab.
Tanghalang Pilipino and Friends Angklung Ensemble
A Filipino program will not be complete without the playing of the bamboo instrument angklung. The Tanghalang Pilipino and Friends Angklung Ensemble beautifully played Whispering Hope, Payapang Daigdig and Kling Kling Kling on the angklung.
Fil-Am Community Church
The Fil-Am Community Church led the audience in singing Ngayong Pasko Magniningning ang Pilipino and Tuloy na Tuloy pa rin ang Pasko made famous by Philippine music trio Apo Hiking Society.
Light Bearers and Children and Teens Choir
SHOWPOW brought the house down with their soulful rendition of La Vergine d’Angeli and Joyful Joyful. Another group of young Filipino Americans from the Light Bearers and Children and Teens Choir performed in Paskong Pinoy singing The Gift Goes On and O Magsaya or the Filipino version of Joy to the World.
The four man group Solideoh gave a rousing performance of the songs Glory to God and Bilangin mo ang Pagpapala and missionary Kaye Capuli appealed to the audience to celebrate Christmas every day by singing Don’t Save It All for Christmas Day.
For the finale, all the performers led the audience in singing Filipino classic Pasko na Naman composed by National Artist Felipe de Leon. The Philippine capiz parol (lantern) adorned the glass walls of the Pryzbyla Center.
Paskong Pinoy is presented by the Embassy of the Philippines, the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, the Filipino Organization of Catholic University Students and the Filipino community in greater metro DC. -- END