Singing Idols– Our Filipino Clergy


Article for “Filipiniana” Newspaper – NOVEMBER 2009 Issue





In celebration of the Year of the Priests, The Archdiocesan Filipino Catholic Mission (AFCM) will present a Concert featuring our Filipino clergy in the Archdiocese of Toronto. The “ALAY” concert is another fund-raising effort to further help our “kababayans” in their sad plight due to recent typhoons that devastated many areas in the Philippines.


Come and support this worthwhile Church activity! The ALAY concert will be held on December 6, 2009, Sunday, at 7:00pm at Our Lady of the Assumption (OLA) Church located at 2565 Bathurst St., just 2 blocks north of Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto.  Visit for other details.


Tickets at $20.00 each can be purchased during the event or can be obtained by contacting Fr. Romy Tolentino (647) 832-0818, Fr. Joe Pena (647) 309-2931, or Rosemer Enverga (416) 284-2810.


Marian Concert” – Congratulations to Mr. Roman Endaya, Music Coordinator of the AFCM Music Ministry for spearheading the very first Marian Concert participated by the AFCM Filipino choirs and 3 parish-based choirs on Oct. 25, 2009 just after the Sunday 5:00pm Filipino Mass. The participating choirs are: OLA Childrens Choir, Koro ni Sta. Cecilia (KSC) choir,Devotees of Black Nazarene (DBN) choir, OLA Folk Group Choir, Handog Himig sa Diyos (HHSD) & Filipino Catholic Charismatic Prayer Community choirs, Regina Coeli choir, San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir (SLRC), and the Knights of Columbus & their Ladies Choir (KCLC).


A “Christmas Concert” will be presented by OLA parish choirs and AFCM Filipino choirs on Dec. 5, 2009, Saturday, 7:00pm, right after the 5:00pm parish Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. This concert, a sequel to last year’s successful Christmas concert, is “free-of-charge” and is offered to usher Advent season in preparation for Christmas.


The “Feast of the Immaculate Conception” will be celebrated on December 8, 2009, Tuesday, 7:00pm, at OLA church with a Filipino-English Mass. This long-time Filipino religious celebration was promoted more than 30 years ago through the efforts of the families of Atty. Cip-Rey Hipolito. At present, there are several regional groups supporting through devotions and novenas to our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.


Assisting during the Holy Mass is the San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir (SLRC), a regular long-time supporter. For details on the feast, please contact Monette Caballero (905) 839-5746 or parish secretary at OLA.


Miscellaneous upcoming events auspiced by AFCM:


- “Simbang Gabi” at 8:00pm starting Dec. 15 through Dec. 23 at OLA (Details to follow later)

- “Bisperas ng Pagsilang” Christmas Eve 12MN Mass

- “Ina Ng Diyos” New Year’s Eve 12MN Mass