NEWS REPORT :: December 2008

Dear Brethren:

A blessed New Year to everyone!

As we approached December, we were so eager to start the Christmas Cantata tour. The choir members spent extra time practicing to be ready by December 6. We thank the Lord because He made all things work together for good.

The early Christmas gifts from the Lord – service vehicles (coaster and van) – largely inspired the choir in their preparation and boosted their desire to present in various congregations/places. Most of all, so excited to respond to the many invitations from churches.

On the other hand, staff also made necessary preparations for it as the choir members kept on finalizing their respective parts. We all prayed fervently for guidance.

Came the start of the Christmas tour. There were 32 tour members – 24 choir members and 8 staff. We had the following choir itinerary.

6 Gonzaga, Cagayan 7:30 p.m. 15 Calinaoan Sur, D.Albano, Isa. 5:00 p.m.
7 Toran, Aparri, Cagayan 9:00 p.m.   Bayabo, D.Albano,Isabela 8:00 p.m.
8 Marede, Sta. Ana, Cagayan 7:30 p.m. 16 Biga, Sto. Tomas, Isabela 5:00 p.m.
9 Cabiraoan, Gonzaga, Cagayan 7:30 p.m.   Calanigan, Sto. Tomas, Isabela 8:00 p.m.
10 Palagao, Sta. Teresita, Cagayan 7:30 p.m. 17 Antagan, Sto. Tomas, Isabela 5:00 p.m.
11 Maddalero, Buguey, Cagayan 7:30 p.m.   San Andres, D.Albano, Isabela 8:00 p.m.
12 Centro, Buguey, Cagayan 7:30 p.m. 18 Aparri, Cagayan 7:30 p.m.
13 Ilagan, Isabela 9:00 a.m. 19 Batac City , Ilocos Norte 7:30 p.m.
14 Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Prov. 10:00 a.m. 20 Namuac, Sanchez Mira, Cag. 2:00 p.m.
  Palao, Solana, Cagayan 7:30 p.m.   Bagu, Pamplona, Cagayan 7:30 p.m.

The choir had 20 performances, 19 for the core group (24 members only) and 1 performance for the full choir (48 students) at Aparri. We want to congratulate Sis. Grace L. Alvarez for the effort extended to train these students to develop their singing abilities. Congratulations to the choir for a job well done! Use your voices for the Lord!

With this noteworthy program, we are able to reach out the brethren; likewise, promote the seminary. Moreover, same serves as a good venue for rich experience and exposure of our students. Most importantly, with this activity our faith is also strengthened.

This year’s Christmas concert tour is much easier and more comfortable than the previous because of better service vehicles. We thank the Lord for this provision. We also thank you, brethren, for your gifts to the ABS choir and, of course, for meeting our needs while we were with you. May God bless you more richly this New Year!

In Him,