Jesuit Music Ministry (JMM) artist Himig Heswita makes its long-awaited return to the concert stage this June 9, Saturday, 6 pm at the Oratory of St.Ignatius of Loyola, Loyola House of Studies, Ateneo de Manila University.
Dubbed “Come One and All”, the one-hour prayer-concert celebrates the launching of Himig Heswita’s brand-new album “Nauna na Kitang Mahalin”, alongside the commemoration of the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The said event simultaneously launches “Sibol”, the newest album in JMM’s long-running instrumental series “Vespers”. Recently released during the Holy Week, the seventh edition of JMM’s evening prayer hymns is headlined by the carrier single “Children of Easter Morn”, composed by the renowned Fr.Manoling V. Francisco SJ. ‘Sibol’ producer Jay Gomez showcases his talent on the flute, while featured on guitar is the award-winning songwriter, Toto Sorioso.
“Come One and All” is Himig Heswita’s first live musical performance since September 2016’s “Tayo Na’t Magdiwang”, when the beloved Jesuit ensemble marked its 35th anniversary. Concurrently, “Nauna na Kitang Mahalin” is their first album since 2014’s “I Am Ever with You”.
“The songs of ‘Nauna na Kitang Mahalin’ are prayers in themselves, but they are also fruits of much prayer,” explains Producer and JMM Director Lester Mendiola, “Compared to other methods, prayer is the main inspiration behind Jesuit composition.”
Musical Director and acclaimed Jesuit composer Fr.Arnel Aquino SJ provides the music and lyrics for the album’s carrier single and namesake “Nauna na Kitang Mahalin” , that features the stirring vocals of Project Coordinator Rey Malipot.
The 14-track liturgical and inspirational music compilation also showcases the talent of Dom Joseph Bulan SJ, a former Ateneo College Glee Club and Ateneo Chamber Singers member, in his heartrending rendition of “Aba Ginoong Maria”.
“Nauna na Kitang Mahalin’s” Executive Producer is JesCom Executive Director Fr.Emmanuel Alfonso SJ. Willan Caimol shares his expertise as its Sound Engineer. Pauline Mangilog-Saltarin and Luigi Calderon serve as the album’s Creative Director and Graphic Designer respectively.
Admission to “Come One and All” is free and open to the public.
“Nauna na Kitang Mahalin” is available at the Tanging Yaman Store, Ateneo de Manila University and the Tanging Yaman Kiosk at SM Megamall. For inquiries on bulk orders, please call 426-5971 or 72 local 113.