Francisfest 2015

Cecile Buencamino Licad’s unique natural pianistic talent was recognized early. She began her piano studies at the age of 3 and made her debut as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Philippines in her native Manila at 7. When she was 12 she auditioned for Rudolf Serkin and was admitted to the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Ms. Licad’s international career was launched in 1981 after she had been awarded with the prestigious Leventritt Gold Medal.

Her solo repertoire ranges from the early classical to the contemporary period. Ms. Licad’s discography includes piano concertos by Chopin (Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin 1985), Saint-Saens, and Rachmaninoff; chamber music by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Franck, Korngold, and Fauré; and solo piano music by Schumann, Chopin, Ravel and Gottschalk. The late Rudolf Serkin said about Ms. Licad: “She has an incredible instinct for all kinds of music and seems equally at home in any style.”

PIANIST CECILE B. LICAD

PIANIST CECILE B. LICAD

“This, I thought, must have been what it was like to hear Liszt himself play, making audiences swoon.”
— David Bratman, San Francisco Classical Voice

“She plays with such intensity that she gets lost in the music. Her audiences tend to get lost in her.”
— Cathalena E. Burch, Arizona Daily Star

Maestro Gerard Salonga

Maestro Gerard Salonga

GERARD SALONGA is a multi-awarded musical director, conductor, arranger, and multi-platinum record producer. He has collaborated with some of Asia’s finest musical artists including Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Wang Leehom, Elisa Chan, and Cecile Licad.

Born in Manila, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Ateneo De Manila University, and in 1998 graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. After returning to the Philippines in 1999, he instantly became recognized as one of the most-in-demand and versatile musicians in Manila’s music scene, earning himself the Aliw Award for Best Muscial Director in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2008. In 2010 he was inducted into the Aliw Hall of Fame. A new force to be reckoned with in the classical conducting world, Gerard has recently begun his work as music director of the newly-formed ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and has received rave reviews from music critics for his interpretations of the great symphonic works.

In December 2012, Gerard was honoured as one of The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM). He is married to violinist Divina Francisco, and they make their home in Manila with their children Antonio and Carmen.

ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra

ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra


The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra is a joint venture of ABS-CBN and First Philippine Holdings. The orchestra is composed of 40 musicians under the baton of Music Director Gerard Salonga and the guidance of Executive Director Mickey Munoz. The orchestra was created for the sole purpose of connecting and reinstating symphonic music into the lives of the Filipino people and its younger generation.

The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, through its live performances, aims to retain this part of our culture that has always been appreciated since time immemorial. The orchestra wishes this culture to thrive for future generations and dreams of inspiring the youth to continue this endeavor.

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FRANCISFEST 2015
A celebration of St. Francis of Assisi as a
MAN of MERCY and COMPASSION

For nineteen years now, our parish has kept the wonderful tradition of holding a special Church concert to celebrate our annual FrancisFest, a festival in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, beloved founder of the Franciscan Movement.

This year we celebrate also the 40th ruby Anniversary of Santuario de San Antonio as a Parish. Let’s make this year a banner year by donating generously to support the Outreach and Charity Programs of Santuario de San Antonio Parish Foundation. Let’s all be like our model – St. Francis of Assisi – by being like him, a MAN of MERCY and COMPASSION!

Please come to the Francisfest concert on October 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Parish Church. Listen and be enthralled by the music Cecile Licad produces from the piano. Complementing her exciting musix is well-known ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by gifted Gerard Salonga. Get your tickets NOW! Amelita Guevara, this year’s hardworking chairman of Francisfest 2015 guarantees you a wonderful night of music. So see you there!

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Francisfest 2015 Press Kit
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FRANCISFEST 2015 REMINDERS
Masses Moved to Parish Center

To give way to FrancisFest 2015, all masses will be held at the Parish Center from September 30, 2015 to October 02, 2015. First Friday Mass on Oct. 2 will be at 5:00 p. m. Please be guided accordingly.

*TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE PARISH OFFICE *FRANCISFEST COMMITTEE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ADJUST THE RED AND BLUE SECTION LINE AREA DEPENDING ON TICKET SALES

FRANCISFEST 2015 SEATPLAN
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*TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE PARISH OFFICE
*FRANCISFEST COMMITTEE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ADJUST THE RED AND BLUE SECTION LINE AREA DEPENDING ON TICKET SALES
RED: P5,000.
BLUE:P3,000.
GREEN:P1,000.
YELLOW-BALCONY:P500.

Francisfest 2015 Ticket Committee Guidelines

1. No ticket, no entry.
2. Seat reservation is not allowed.
3. Caregivers and bodyguards must have a ticket to enter the Church.
4. 50% discount for students (valid school ID must be presented)
5. Professional ushers will be present to guide guests.
6. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
7. Church doors close at 7:00 p.m.

Individual Donations and Corporate Sponsorships are still accepted. For more details, please call the Parish Office at 843-8830 up to 35.

About this year’s beneficiaries:
Hospital Ministry
JPIC Scholarship Ministry
Prison Ministry
Ecology Ministry
Friendship Home Livelihood Assistance Program
Basey Samar Housing Project
Franciscan Poor/Rural Parishes in the Philippines & Sri Lanka

FRANCISFEST 2015 LADIES COMMITTEE 2015

 Seated L-R: Tessie Luz, Menchu Bautista, Amelita Guevara, Fr. Reu Jose C. Galoy, OFM, Fortune Ledesma, Tingting Cojuangco, Olga Martel  Standing L-R: Bingbing Quiros, Marion Coscolluela, Fanny Blanco, Lulu Castañeda, Rose Lazaro, Carina Lebron, Susie Madrigal Bayot, Jackie Ejercito, Brenda Reyes, Caron Macasaet, Chuchu Madrigal Eduque,  Carrie Bautista Not in Picture: Bambi Harper, Daisy Payumo, Thelma Gana, Eleanor Esteban, Letty  Laurel, Nena Rosales, Tessa Prieto Valdes, Marites Tanjangco, Nympha Valencia, Helen Ong, Susie Madrigal Bayot and Lala Rosales

Seated L-R: Tessie Luz, Menchu Bautista, Amelita Guevara, Fr. Reu Jose C. Galoy, OFM, Fortune Ledesma, Tingting Cojuangco, Olga Martel Standing L-R: Bingbing Quiros, Marion Coscolluela, Fanny Blanco, Lulu Castañeda, Rose Lazaro, Carina Lebron, Susie Madrigal Bayot, Jackie Ejercito, Brenda Reyes, Caron Macasaet, Chuchu Madrigal Eduque, Carrie Bautista Not in Picture: Bambi Harper, Daisy Payumo, Thelma Gana, Eleanor Esteban, Letty Laurel, Nena Rosales, Tessa Prieto Valdes, Marites Tanjangco, Nympha Valencia, Helen Ong, Susie Madrigal Bayot and Lala Rosales

The Francisfest Ladies Committee has been tasked to approach parishioners and friends of SSAP to understand the need for everyone to contribute to ensure the success of FrancisFest. To those to whom much is given, let us continue to support the FrancisFest beneficiaries and make them realize that they are not alone – there are people who care!

FRANCISFEST WORKING COMMITTEE 20151

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Top pianist Cecile Licad performs at FrancisFest by Rosalinda L. Orosa

CECILE LICAD, the country’s leading international pianist, will be the main attraction at the Sanctuario de San Antonio’s annual FrancisFest in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of the poor and avid music lover, on Oct. 2, 2015.

The Curtis-trained Cecile won the Levintritt Award at 19—as the youngest, the first woman and second Asian to top the oldest, the toughest, and the most prestigious tilt in America.

Cecile has played with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, the London Symphony under Claudio Abbado (who was rendered speechless at concert’s end), the National Symphony of Washington under Mstislav Rostropovich, the Pittsburg Symphony under Andre Previn, the London Royal Philharmonic under Charles Dutoit, and the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy. Among others who eagerly wielded the baton for Cecile were Kurt Masur, Neville Mariner, Michael Tilson-Thomas and Pinchas Zuckerman.

The dreaded New York Times critic Arnold Schonberg, on hearing Cecile perform under Mehta’s baton, wrote: “Not surprisingly, she had the notes in her agile fingers, but she had something more, which the audience responded to without a shouting ovation . . . an appealing combination of grace and fiery power.” On her concert with Solti, the Chicago Sun Times commented: “She can produce great, soaring tones in the class of Rachmaninoff himself.” Of a recital the same critic wrote: “She is extraordinary—one of the great flaming talents that comes along one or two times in every generation.” Legions of admirers fill the hall at every concert of Cecile in Manila but few seats are taken by foreign music lovers.

At the initial FrancisFest meeting, plans to ensure the event’s success were discussed by FrancisFest Chairman Amelita Guevara, Parish Priest Fr. ReuJose C. Galoy, OFM and committee members Edmund Lim, Suzette Gatmaitan, Dee Chan, Lourdes de Leon, Girlie Sison, Tina Teehankee and Jaime Blanco.

Reprinted with permission. ENCORE, The Manila Times, July 25, 2015

Rosalinda L. Orosa

Rosalinda L. Orosa

PLANNING STARTS FOR FRANCISFEST 2015 by Lourdes de Leon

Amelita Dayrit Guevara Francisfest 2015 Chairperson

Amelita Dayrit Guevara
Francisfest 2015 Chairperson

Mrs. Amelita D. Guevara, indefatigable founder and head of our well-known Coro de San Antonio, has been named this year’s chairman of the yearly FRANCISFEST. She immediately called an informal meeting on Friday, July 10 to announce the good news that the long-awaited and world-known Cecil Licad had accepted our invitation to be the honoured guest performer at our Francisfest Concert.

Amelita then briefly mapped out ways and means, over-all strategies and other concerns to be taken up in greater detail at subsequent meetings to make this year’s Francisfest a great success, since it fortunately coincides with our Parish’s Ruby Anniversary.

Present at this initial meeting were Fr. Reu Galoy, OFM, Parish Priest, Rosalinda Orosa, well-known music critic and columnist, members of the Parish Council Jaime Blanco, Edmund Lim, Dee Chan, Tina Teehankee, Girlie Sison and Lourdes de Leon. Also present was Suzette Gatmaitan, so generous about the printing needs of the parish and in charge of Souvenir Program.

A second meeting was held on Thursday, July 16 and included Marilou Consing and Jeannie Bitanga of the Parish Bulletin, Menchu Bautista, Scholarship Committee, Carina Lebron and Lyn Rivilla.

Taken up in greater detail were matters concerning program and production, publicity and promotion, sponsorship, tickets, souvenir program, technical and physical arrangements, traffic and security, and a host of other matters which will be ironed out in greater detail.

The meeting also discussed important committees and their members, details of which will be published when completely finalized. Beneficiaries of our Francisfest celebration have been asked to submit articles to our Parish Bulletin describing their invaluable community work.

Amelita comes from several generations of Church involved families. Her grandmother Pacita Roxas de Katigbak was a daily communicant and used to play the organ in their Cathedral of St. Sebastian in Lipa. So was her mother, Imelda Katigbak Dayrit. She also was a daily mass goer and was the official organist of Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Amelita was commandeered by Diding Panlilio, then head of the Christian Family Movement, thus becoming the unofficial conductor of small choir of the then Shrine of St. Anthony in 1962. It was then made up of a spritely 10 or so volunteer member from CFM. The rest is history.

Amelita has always been involved in the Francisfest since day 1 when it was conceived by Fr. Hugh Zurat, then Parish Priest, in 1986. She was mostly in charge of the program and has produced major choral works like Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Mendelssohn’s Oratorio of St. Paul and Elijah and many others.
CECILE LICADThis year Francisfest will feature Cecile B. Licad, who is not only a world acclaimed pianist but happens to be also the niece of Cards Guevara, Amelita’s husband. The Chairmanship of this year’s Francisfest was first offered to two other probable Chairpersons, who first agreed and then regretted because of other commitments. What is God’s message here, she asked Fr. Reu. Little did she realize that she has been “divinely” chosen. It is with great pride therefore that Amelita, in her stint as Chairperson for the first time in her long service to our Church that Francisfest presents such an outstanding artist.