JMM Receives Nominations for the 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards



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Jesuit Music Ministry (JMM) added to its impressive list of award nominations for 2023, with two of its songs receiving finalist nods for the 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA).

“Nauna Na Kitang Mahalin” and “Gandang Sinauna at Sariwa”, both produced by the official music ministry of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, were included in the prestigious list of eight finalists for “Best Inspirational Song—Religious” in the CMMA’s Music category. The roster of finalists, across multiple platforms ranging from radio, print and television production, digital media campaigns etc., were unveiled last Friday, October 13 on the CMMA’s official Facebook page.

Performed by OPM star Erik Santos, “Nauna na Kitang Mahalin” is arranged by JC Celeste, with music and lyrics from Fr. Arnel Aquino, SJ.

Meanwhile, “Gandang Sinauna at Sariwa” is performed by musical theater singer and actress, Kayla Rivera. The song based on St. Augustine of Hippo’s prayer, “I have loved thee too late, o Beauty of Ancient Days, yet ever new,” is composed by Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ, arranged by Gino Cruz, with lyrics by Fr. Vic Baltazar SJ, Jandi Arboleda, and Norman Agatep.

Both “Nauna na Kitang Mahalin” and “Gandang Sinauna at Sariwa” are tracks included in JMM’s recently launched “Soundtrack of Our Faith” album. Released on digital streaming platforms last Black Saturday, April 8 2023, “Soundtrack of Our Faith” features new and classic JMM songs performed by popular and mainstream artists.

Arranged to mimic a teleserye soundtrack, “Soundtrack of Our Faith” begins with the imagery of someone facing confusion and challenges in life. Meeting Jesus along their journey helps turn around their miserable situation, and eventually, the path leads to forming an enduring relationship with God founded on faith, hope, and love. Listeners of “Soundtrack of Our Faith” will recognize the thematic shift from dark to light, sadness to joy.

As JMM and JesCom await the official results of the CMMA nominations, the entire ministry proudly congratulates the artists, musicians, lyricists, composers, and arrangers, for sharing their time and talent and contributing to the success of “Nauna na Kitang Mahalin” and “Gandang Sinauna at Sariwa”- all for the greater glory of God.

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