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San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir spreads God’s message in New York By Contessa Rita Bourbon First Posted 12:43:00 03/11/2011

San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir, a New York?based music ministry, rendered an impressive performance on March 5 with their angelic voices that echoed the Church of Our Lady of Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills.

Our mission through our choir is apostolate music. We share our blessings through singing,? said Leo Paolo Leal, a tenor and music director.

Leal sang the solo love song Kailangan Kita (I need you). The song imparts a yearning to be with someone and professes eternal love.

San Lorenzo choir was formed in 2007 and is composed of devoted Filipino volunteer members from various backgrounds. The group sings at St Lucy?s Catholic Church and at Our Lady of Pompei Church. The choir also renders songs at weddings, baptisms, and special liturgical feasts. In 2007, it sang in Rome to honor San Lorenzo.

The concert last March 5 was sponsored by the Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Charismatic Prayer Group headed by Filipino Americans — Remy Leal and Cely De Borja with Nellie Milite and other core members. The group will also sponsor a pilgrimage to Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts on May 1. For inquiries, call DeBorja at 718-255-1651

?This Seasons of Love concert reminds us that love is what the world needs now so that peace and justice may reign here on earth. May the message of love that is expressed in the songs be shared by all,? said Msgr. Joseph Funaro, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs.

Other musical directors of the choir are Rogelio Penaverde Jr. and Enrico Lagasca. The opening song of the group was Humayo?t Ihayag ( Go Forth and Proclaim). It was a song that praises God through singing. It teaches God?s pure love as He gave his only son for mankind.

The wonderful voices of the singers were heard as they sang inspirational and love songs. Some of the love songs sang were Forevermore, Te Quiero ( I love you) and I?ll be there for you, I’m Yours, among others. The voices of the sopranos, baritones and tenor blended harmoniously that earned applause from the audience. The choir was well-trained and well-disciplined. When the choir sang ?Seasons of Love,? it stirred an emotional experience for audience that made them nostalgic.

The audience clamored for an encore and the choir sang the ?Prayer? whose lyrics are very inspirational.

?I fell uplifted and blessed that I have this talent, we are sharing music to the community and communicating with the audience,? said John Pio Luce Balingit, one of the soloists.

San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir of New York Holds Easter Concert April 5, 2010

The San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir (SLRC) is a Filipino New York-based music ministry that grew out of its devotion to San Lorenzo Ruiz. The first of its 2010 events, “THEN CAME SUNDAY” is a musical interpretation of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, to be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2010, at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church located at 344 East 104th Street, New York, NY. Anticipated mass immediately follows at 6 pm. For tickets, call 646.483.4465 or 347.420.7807, or email

Proceeds go towards supporting Caritas Manila and their ongoing typhoon rehabilitation efforts, through their authorized representative Ayala Foundation USA. Funds raised will also help support SLRC’s music ministry. Through music, the choir aims to spread love for the Eucharist and devotion to San Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint.
SLRC’s Music Directors are tenors Rogelio Peñaverde, Jr. and Leo Paolo Leal. Rogelio is currently pursuing a career in opera, while Leo is an alumnus of world-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers. Both are actively singing professionally in NY and are alumni of the Manhattan School of Music.
For the April 10 event, Philadelphia-based pianist Clement Acevedo will be doing the music accompaniment. He is an alumnus of the Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance. Major sponsors are The Lewis College, through its Founder and President, US Filipino community icon Loida Nicolas Lewis; GMA Pinoy TV; Jose Ramos; and the Filipino Association of Flushing Hospital Medical Center, through Ruben Silvestre, Ted and Amelita dela Santa and Francis Calata. The event will not be complete without the invaluable support of. Msgr. Oscar Aquino of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, where the event will be held. SLRC also thanks its marketing partners: Catholic Fellowship of Young Filipino Professionals; Catholic Filipino Young Adults; De La Salle Alumni Association-Metro New York; Little Candles; Philippine-New York Jaycees; University of the Philippines Alumni Association-New York; and UNSRC-Philippine Cultural Society.
SLRC is also grateful to the rest of its sponsors, advertisers and donors, and those who have been helping in one way or another.
SLRC’s 2010 line-up of events are: • “SLRC Goes Pop” in July • A US concert tour celebrating the San Lorenzo Ruiz Feast in September; and • A Christmas concert in December.




SLRC GOES POP:  OPM Collection
by: Ricahrd Reyes Friday, 27 August 2010

NEW YORK—On August 18th Kalayaan Hall guests were treated to a two-hour performance by the San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir “SLRC Goes Pop: OPM Collection”.  The performance was produced by the Philippine Science High School Batch of 1985 and the media sponsor was GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV.  Other sponsors included Fil-Am Movement for Progress and The Lewis College.  Proceeds benefited the PSHS Teachers Healthcare Fund which will enable sponsorhsip of a sustainable out-patient health care program for teaching and administrative staff.

he audience was amazed by the energy and clarity of the voices of each San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir member as well as the single voice of the SLRC.  SLRC celebrated the Tagalog and English hits by Original Pilipino Music artists or OPM.  The melody and harmony of the male tenors and basses and female sopranos and altos was led by former Madrigal Singer Enrico Lagasca.  Music Directors Rogelio B. Penaverde and Leo Paolo Luciano Leal, and pianist Clement Acevedo saw Lagasca’s conducting skills for the SLRC for the first time.  The first half of the show featured traditional praise songs that we know SLRC for.  However, after the intermission, they featured OPM hits such as Kay Gand ng Ating Musika, Forevermore, Ihip ng Hangin,  Ay ay ay Pag-Ibig, Paraiso.  They also featured two medleys featuring songs by Rey Valera, Louie Ocampo, Ryan Cayabyab, Gary Valenciano, Rowell Santiago, Franklin Kleiner, Benedict Say, and Ogie Alcasid.  The audience will probably most remember Enrico for his solo complete with dramatic stage performance.  After the finale, Isang Dugo Isang Lahi Isang Musika, SLRC was given a standing ovation. This was proof positive that Lagasca’s conducting skills passed with flying colors.

The  SLRC helped PSHS Class of ‘85 reminisce their high school days as Philippine Science High School scholars.  Kay Abesamis, Sam dela Cruz and Anna San Luis said in the program, “It is a call for us to appreciate and be grateful for our origins and the things and people that made us who we are; and to use these learnings and gits to grow towards a brighter future.”