JESUIT Music Ministry’s (JMM) acclaimed original artist Himig Heswita staged two stellar performances on July 19 and 21, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.
Following their last visit in 2012, Himig Heswita’s second appearance in the country was warmly welcomed by an audience of hundreds of OFW and Japanese at the Sakura Hall, Shibuya Cultural Center Owada and Franciscan Chapel Center in Roppongi district.
Through an invitation extended by the Gathering of Filipino Groups and Communities (GFGC), Himig Heswita was able to perform its timeless liturgical compositions and delight members of the Filipino community longing for their families and loved ones back home.
Dubbed “Kay Bait ng Diyos” and “An Evening of Prayer with Himig Heswita” respectively, the back to back “prayer-concerts” captured the hearts of the Filipino faithful with inspired melodies.
The members of Himig Heswita were moved by the heartwarming reception from the audience, and the audience in turn savored the atmosphere of worship during the performances of the nine-member cast of performers composed of Himig Heswita overall coordinator Father Arnel Aquino, S.J., Hiroshima-based Fr. Jody Magtoto, S.J., Fr. Mark Lopez, S.J. who arrived from Cambodia, Vincent Pinpin, Rey Malipot, Oggie Benipayo, Mike Totanes, Redd Sumpaico, and flutist Jay Gomez. Accompanying the cast for their shows were the GFGC Grand Choir for the July 19 performance in Shibuya, and Himig Koenji for the July 21 performance in Roppongi.
Staged for the benefit of the Jesuit formator-run inter-diocesan seminary for theology, San Jose Major Seminary, the proceeds of both concerts will directly go to the formation of destitute seminarians originating from 27 dioceses all over the Philippines.
Photos courtesy of George Chang