As a fitting gift to the Blessed Mother on her birthday on Sept. 8, a group of women calling themselves “Women in Nation Building with the Catholic Church” (WNBCC) will have a formal launching on Sept. 9, 8 a.m.-12 noon, at the Mary the Queen Parish in Greenhills.
Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ, is the spiritual director of the organization, which aims to provide a forum for women who, out of gratitude to God for the gift of His unconditional love, may be inspired to participate in nation-building.
The steering committee of this project include Sr. Sonia S. Aldeguer, daughter of Speaker Pro-Tempore Jose M. Aldeguer, who joined the Religious of the Sacred Heart; Sr. Cho Borromeo, FMM; Mila Gomez David, one of the founders Martha’s Vineyard; Teresita N. Ledesma; Mariter J. Macapagal and Carmen D. Padilla.
On Sept. 9, main speaker is Archbishop Ledesma who will talk on “All-Natural Family Planning: Going Beyond the RH Bill.” Venue will be the Andechaga Hall.
During her 17-year stay in Cologne, Germany, international concert pianist Leonor Kilayko developed a devotion to the Servant of God Father Joseph Kentenich, who founded the Schoenstatt Movement which focuses on the devotion to the Mother Admirable Queen Mother of Schoenstatt.
The feast day of Father Kentenich is Sept. 15, feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Leonor would always visit his tomb in Vlademar taking the train from Cologne, if she happens to be in Germany. When she leaves this month, she will make sure to visit the tomb.
Leonor’s trip in September to her favorite country, Germany, will be a ” nostalgia trip” as she visits the places of her fave composers: (Bonn) L.V. Beethoven; (Leipzig) J. S. Bach; Bonn—birth place in Zwickau of Robert Schumann’s wife Clara, while Schumann’s burial place is in Bonn in Endenich.
As always the case, Kilayko makes it a point to visit Beethooven’s birth house in Bonn, now turned into a museum and concert hall—on Bonngasse. She will also go to the sanitarium where Schumann spent his last days. It is now the R.S. library where concerts also take place.
An all-Beethooven solo
Leonor, who took graduate studies in Cologne at the State Academy for Music, has imbibed German music like others in these shores. In fact, in her Beethooven solo, a critic wrote in the “Bonner Rundschau ” : “Hearing Leonor Kilayko interpret Beethooven’s works, one could feel the composer in our midst.”
In Manila, Leonor accompanied baritone-turned-Hollywood-actor Zheng Zhou years ago. Leonor will be the solo performer during the Philippine-German month in February 2012 in “Paco Park Presents.”
Remembering Jade Vine
Maribel Carag Dario, who used to work with the late Press Secretary Cerge Remonde in Malacañang, remembers Jade Vine Restaurant as the place to go to in the ’70s. She would go there with good friend Edith Oliveros. The president of Jade Vine then was the late Alma Belardo under whom Bert Torrijos worked as catering supervisor.
Bert remembers particularly Aurora Dizon Garcia (who turned 90 on Aug. 30) who asked Jade Vine to cater to all her parties. She is the wife the late former chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Garcia, who decided to remain living in their old bungalow in San Francisco del Monte.
Then, there was the late Vice President Doy Laurel who found a relative in Claro Cuevas Torrijos, the father of Bert Torrijos because he was from Cavite. Bert remembers Celia Diaz Laurel, whose son Cocoy used to call him “uncle,” when Jade Vine would go to their house along Shaw Boulevard to cater. All this remembering gives us comforting thoughts as Jade Vine prepares for the 51st anniversary with “The Spirit of ’67” band playing the night of Sept. 17, Saturday. Text 0917-8538731.
‘Mindanao Treasures’ at PWU
“Mindanao Treasures” exhibit is ongoing at the Phil. Women’s University Art Gallery until Sept. 9. Presented by the PWU Center for Culture, Arts, Music and Sports, in cooperation with the Baile Foundation headed by Menchu de Jesus Tiglao and Bayan Fund with Jessica de Leon as president, the exhibit features artifacts, trinkets and jewelry, fabric and fashion accessories in celebration of “Eid’l Fitr Muslim Festival.” Call 5251685.
‘Ina’ at Radio Veritas
The pilgrim image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, or “Ina” to the Bicolanos, is at Radio Veritas Chapel for Masses at 12:15 p.m. until Sept. 7.
Triduum of Masses to “Ina” will be held at Don Bosco Parish church in Makati, Sept. 8-10, after which the image will be brought by motorcade from Makati to the Quirino Grandstand for the procession to the Manila Cathedral at 4 p.m.
Mass is at 6 p.m. by Cardinal José Sanchez. Organizers are Our Lady of Peñafrancia Devotees Metro Manila Association, headed by Dr. Charito Felipe.