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22/08/2012: Mass Held at St. Matthews Cathedral for Ninoy Aquino Day

Shown in the photos above are Monsignor Mariano Balbago, Jr. (left) and the Conmigos choir (right) during the special mass organized by the Embassy yesterday at the St. Matthews Cathedral to commemorate the death anniversary of Ninoy Aquino.

22 August 2012, Washington DC. Monsignor Mariano Balbago, Jr. called on Filipinos to cherish their democracy and continue Ninoy Aquino’s quest for political freedom and social justice in the Philippines.  He said Ninoy’s martyrdom started the chain of events that would have a lasting impact for future generations and cited President Benigno S. Aquino III’s good governance agenda as a continuation of his father’s legacy.

The remarks were delivered during Monsignor Balbago’s homily at a special mass organized by the Philippine Embassy yesterday at the St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the twenty-ninth death anniversary of Ninoy Aquino.  In attendance were the officers and staff of the Embassy as well as members of the Filipino American community.

The choir Conmigos, led by Ms. Virna Flores, delighted parishioners with renditions of songs such Your Heart Today, which was written by Fr. Manoling Francisco and dedicated to the former senator and his wife Cory, and Bayan Ko, among the country’s most recognizable patriotic songs.  The choir is composed mainly of Maryland-based teachers, who perform regularly at the St. Edward’s the Confessor Parish in the city of Bowie.

The mass was also offered for the late Secretary Jesse Robredo, who died in a plane crash last Saturday, as well as the victims of the monsoon rains that devastated parts of Luzon early this August. (END)