Laurice Guillen to be honored as ‘patron of the arts’

 Laurice Guillen to be honored as ‘patron of the arts’

Celebrated actress and director Laurice Guillen

MANILA – Celebrated actress and director Laurice Guillen is to be this year’s honoree at the Archdiocese of Manila’s Patron of the Arts Benefit Concert on Dec. 12, feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 7:00 p.m. at the Meralco Theater in Pasig.

A known Marian devotee, Guillen has directed many acclaimed films, including the family drama “Tanging Yaman.” She is also an advocate of Philippine independent cinema as competition director of the annual Cinemalaya Film Festival.

“The event aims to affirm Filipino talent…[because] by recognizing God-given talent, the Church affirms the Christian values that Filipino artists celebrate in their work. Likewise, through the concert, the Church lends her support to the arts which mirror God’s beauty and creativity,” said Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, whose installation anniversary as Archbishop of Manila coincides with the concert’s date.

Previous Patron of the Arts awardees include ballerina Lisa Macuja and director Marilou Diaz-Abaya (2012), artist Napoleon Abueva (2013), musician Ryan Cayabyab (2014), painter Joey Velasco (2015), and composer of religious songs Fr. Eduardo Hontiveros, SJ (2016).

Tribute to Mary

Patron of the Arts is an annual fundraiser spearheaded by the prelate and produced by the Jesuit Communications Foundation (Jescom), the media arm of the Society of Jesus.

This year’s concert is a musical tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary in commemoration of the centennial of the last apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, “as well as to Filipino mothers in challenging circumstances who epitomize the spirit of Mother Mary in modern times,” reads a press release from Jescom.

“It is a multimedia musical about the many faces of Mary— woman, mother, Lord’s disciple, and Church leader. The story encompasses the Annunciation until the Crucifixion of Jesus,” explained Jescom executive director Fr. Emmanuel “Nono” Alfonso, SJ, describing the show entitled “Maria, The Most Beautiful Sound,” written by Cathy Azanza-Dy and directed by Rem Zamora.

The musical includes both secular and religious songs and features performances by Frenchie Dy, Abra, Noel Cabangon, Poppet Bernadar, El Gamma Penumbra, mud art artist Percy Denolo, and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo.

Concert for a cause

Since 2012, the benefit concert has been raising funds for programs of the Archdiocese of Manila, such as the restoration of the Manila Cathedral, the social housing program of the archdiocese, scholarship funds for the Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools Association, and medical funds for the poor and for aging and infirm priests under the archdiocese’s care.

Proceeds will also go to the Archdiocese of Manila’s Mothers-In-Crisis Fund, a special fund dedicated to the needs of indigent mothers and mothers in critical circumstances.

For ticket inquiries and how to help the Mothers-In-Crisis Fund of the Archdiocese of Manila, interested parties may call Dit Sablan at tel. (02) 426-5971 or 72 local 121 or email CBCPNews