Truth, Beauty, Music

“Come To The Stable” Christmas Concert

A 10th Year Celebration, produced by Martin Lopez
Featuring Lilac Caña, soprano and the Santa Isabela Guitar Quartet
Sunday, December 12th from 3 – 5 P.M.
Ritz Towers Lobby, Ayala Avenue, Makati, Metro Manila
Admission is Free
Donations accepted for the Vallehermoso Helping Hands Foundation

Vallehermoso, with a population of 40,000, is a fourth class municipality in the northernmost part of Negros Oriental. Its name befits the rustic beauty and serenity which characterizes this “beautiful valley.” The VHHF was founded in 2008 to transform Vallehermoso into a center for learning and historical research, a provincial hub for culture and the arts and a progressive municipality with fully developed potentials in the hands of educated, cultured, nationalistic and capable citizens and a technically skilled populace.

To this end, the VHHF has started to bolster and complement the existing educational system of Vallehermoso, by establishing a library and a day care center, thereby improving the learning opportunities of children, youth including those out of school, teachers and illiterate townsfolk. The Foundation will fund publications, updated learning materials for teachers and students, livelihood and other skills development workshops, cultural performances and exhibits.

Lilac Caña to receive 2010 “Pamana Ng Pilipinas” Presidential Award

Toronto based Filipino-Canadian Soprano Lilac L. Caña has been selected by President Benigno S. Aquino III as one of the recipients of the Year 2010 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas. She is to be conferred the Pamana Ng Pilipino Award, and has the honor of meeting President Aquino and the other awardees worldwide, who will come home during the awarding ceremonies on 14 December 2010 at Malacañan Palace.

The Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas is a biennial award established by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas – an agency of the Philippine Government tasked to promote and uphold the interests of Filipino emigrants and permanent residents abroad, and preserve and strengthen ties with Filipino communities overseas. The awards are conferred on Filipino individuals and organizations that contribute to Philippine development or promote the interests of Filipino communities overseas. It is also given to Filipinos overseas who have distinguished themselves in their professions.

Among the four award categories, the Pamana Ng Pilipino Award is conferred on Filipinos overseas, who, in exemplifying the talent and industry of the Filipino, have brought the country honor and recognition through excellence and distinction in the pursuit of their work or profession.

Ms. Caña continues to play an active role in the GTA, sharing her musical talents and services not just within the Filipino-Canadian community here, but also with the wider Canadian, US, European, and Philippine audiences. She has given concerts, vocal workshops, served as music director at St. John’s Cathedral Polish Catholic Church, recorded seven CD albums, and continues to help several charities with her fundraising events and efforts.

Former awardees of this prestigious Presidential Award are: internationally reknowned concert pianist Dr. Raul Sunico (now Dean of Music at the University of Santo Thomas); former Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Arthur Viola; Jeffrey Rustia, President and CEO of Front TV; and Norma Carpio, former PIDC President and founder of Toronto’s Mabuhay Festival.

Lilac is deeply grateful and humbled by this honor bestowed on her and her family. She is to sing at the ceremonies, accompanied by the Leggiero String Ensemble, and violinist John Lesaca. Accompanying her at Malacañan Palace and at the CFO conferences for the awardees, are her proud parents: Sir Lapulapu P. Caña (Commander, Knights of Rizal), and Lady Ligaya L. Caña (Ontario State Regent, Daughters of Isabella).

November 6th Musical Concert

NOVEMBER 6, 2010 Musical Concert

ST BONIFACE CHURCH
21 Markanna Drive
Scarbourgh, Ontario
7:00pm
Musical Concert
For Tickets call 416-438-3791

CD recording in Cebu

July 22nd to August 22nd, 2010

The MQHM (Mary Queen of Heaven Missionary) Sisters have invited me to join them in their first-ever CD recording – an album of inspiring new songs by fresh local composers in Cebu, Philippines, which will feature the Sisters’ Choir and me as soloist on some songs.

We first met last January 2010, coming together for the fund raiser concert at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug, Cebu City, to benefit women and children victims of prostitution. Thank God the event was successful…with the help of many generous benefactors, we were able to raise significant funds to help the rebuilding of their (recently fire-damaged) Home of Love – a rehabilitation and training center for over 50 women and children on their road to recovery.

How nice to see and work with the ever-joyful, highly-spirited Sisters again, and with amazingly talented Filipino musicians in this venture. The Sisters hope to create more awareness and to spread hope and joy with the songs on their new album, as they continue their work. This will also be my first time doing a recording outside of Canada…looking forward with gusto!

Carrassauga – May 28 – 30, 2010

Carrasauga Festival of Cultures (May 28 to 31, 2010)

This year I will be performing with internationally acclaimed dance group Culture Philippines of Ontario, in the annual Carrasauga Festival of Cultures, from Friday May 28th to Sunday May 30th.  A dazzling blend of dance, colorful costumes, live percussion ensemble, and singing will greet audiences from around the world — all held in different locations in Mississauga.

Our performances will be held in the Philippines Pavilion, located at the Hershey Centre Community Rinks – Rink 1, at 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga ON L4Z 4B6 (North off Matheson, one traffic light East of Kennedy).

Catch us at any of these showtimes:

Friday, May 28th
8:00 pm
10:00 pm

Saturday, May 29th
7:00 pm
9:00 pm

Sunday, May 30th
4:00 pm
6:00 pm

For more information, call 905.615.3010 or visit http://www.carassauga.com/

See you there!