CFA Revives Pastoral Music

SEPT 28TH 2008

In CFA’s recent gatherings for its Catechetical Congress and church communication workshops, there has been a noticeable demand for original pastoral and catechetical music. In response to this expressed need, CFA is re-issuing all of its music productions in time for the Christmas season.

The Communication Foundation for Asia initiated its Pastoral Music Program in 1979 with a workshop for budding composers, who created original music with the Christmas themes of faith, love and joy. The consultant for the Program, as well as for the workshop, was the late composer and arranger Fr Eduardo Hontiveros, SJ. The result was the album “Diwa ng Pasko”, which was produced with full orchestra (and accompanying piano music sheet) in 1980. His next workshop with CFA resulted in an album of songs of praise, joy and inspiration, entitled “Magsaya, Magalak”, produced in 1981. The songs were performed by the well-known group Saringhimig, and professionally arranged by Bert Robredo.

The third Pastoral Music album was “Mahal Ako ni Hesus”, which was a collection of liturgical songs for children. The consultant for the composers’ workshop this time was Sister Jesusa Enginco, OP, who is now the secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ECCCE).

Over the next few years, CFA produced other titles for the Pastoral Music series: “Sigaw ng Kalayaan”, which contained the theme music of the 1986 EDSA Revolution, extolling freedom, peace and justice, and “Habang Buhay”, which featured songs on love and marriage performed by Marco Sison.

CFA will also reproduce on CD its two albums that have proved to be very popular in catechetical gatherings: “Making Melodies” Volumes 1 and 2. This year’s compilation of catechetical songs, “Kalipaya”, composed by Albert Saldajeno and his team, will also be re-released after all copies have been sold out.

The eight music CDs, full of original inspirational songs, will be available at CFA (phone the Sales Office at 713-2975 or email or through CFA’s partners in Catholic bookstores.