Bangkok, Thailand – The “Let there be Praise: A Repeat Concert” was held on March 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm in the Auditorium of the Ruamrudee Church in Ploenchit, Bangkok.
Attended by different groups of Catholics and Buddhists alike, the concert aimed at helping the completion of the construction of OMI Pastoral Center in Lomsak Phetchabun. The Center is comprised of the Good Shepherd Hmong Center and the Yves Bertrais Multi-Purpose House. Two OMI priests (Fr. Gerry Gamaliel S. de los Reyes and Fr. Ronnie Torres) and a brother (Sc. Mongkol Wongwai), together with the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam of the Our Lady – Mother of God Church choir in Rangsit, Pathumthani, spearheaded the concert.
The group performed calssic hits such as “I will Sing Forever,” ”The Summons,” “Let There Be Praise,” “You are Mine,” Some Thai Songs like “Pakphing Nai Prachao” and ”Mai chai tua kha” andan original composition “We are Oblates” sung by the composer himself (Fr. Ronnie) and many others which made the concert ran for 2.5 hours. THere was a total of 28 songs rendered to the delight and excitement of everyone.
The group also shared beautiful points for reflection for the audience to reflect upon especially that the concert was scheduled during season of lent. There was a story line that ran throughout the concert: the theme about God’s Greatness and Wonder, God’s invitation for men/women to share in Jesus’ mission especially during the season of lent and their response. The whole afternoon was truly a moment of prayer and music.
Few minutes before the concert started, the audience were given the chance to watch Hmong Traditional dances performed by Hmong ladies coming from a Hmong Village called Kheknoi, Province of Pitsanulok.
With deepest gratitude, the Delegation Superior of the OMI Thailand and Laos, Fr. Gerry Gamaliel S. de los Reyes, convey his appreciation to the AMDG–OLMG Choir headed by their choirmaster Mr. Pats and Ms Carla Gonzales, who indefatigably support the OMI mission through their God–given voices and unstinted dedication during practices. He also thanked his fellow Oblates who, despite their hectic schedules, managed to come and share their time, talent and treasure; and to all those who made the concert possible. He ended his gratitude speech by thanking God, the author and giver of all gifts.