Inggo 1587, the preaching band of the Dominican Province of the Philippines was featured in a dinner concert held last August 26, 2017 at the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary Gymnasium.

Dubbed as “Lead Me On for Dominican Missions”, the concert title was based from the second song of the “Band of Fathers’” 12-track album, which was released last July in digital stores worldwide like Amazon, Deezer, Apple Music, and Spotify. It is also available in CD produced by OPMusik.

“Our first album was the self-titled Inggô 1587, released in 2000,” said Fr. Jepoy Arsciwals, OP, who plays the keyboards and is the band’s lead vocalist.

Completing the band are Fr. Auckhs Enjaynes, OP, on lead guitar; Fr. Joemar Sibug, OP, on rhythm guitar; Fr. Dennis Maquiraya, OP, on bass; and Fr. Deng Dela Cruz, OP, on drums.

“We started in 1998, with the desire to explore other ways of preaching to reach out to more people especially the un-churched. Thus, Inggô 1587’s music is not the traditional churchy sound but more of a contemporary, edgy and youthful one,” said Fr. Arsciwals, adding that “Inggô is a common nickname for Domingo, the name of the founder of our congregation, the Order of Preachers or Dominicans, while 1587 marks the year when the first Dominican missionaries set foot on the country.”

The other songs of “Lead Me On” are “Hanggang sa Dulo;” “Nothing Can Separate Us;” “This Is The Day;” “Faith, Hope, Love;” “Sing Hallelujah;” “Wake Up;” “Breathe On Me;” “Lamb of God;” “Tila;” “Holy, Holy, Holy;” and “Magkakapatid”.

“Since we were preparing for a reunion concert, we thought of coming up with a new album. Compared to our first, the songs now are more upbeat, contemporary and youthful—more for praise and worship gatherings,” said Fr. Arsciwals. All the songs in the album were written and composed by Fr. Giuseppe Pietro Arsciwals, OP and arranged by Paulo Zarate. Neo Hernandez III wrote the music to one of the 12 tracks.

The Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle was the special guest during the concert. He sang “Go the Distance” (by Michael Bolton), to the cheers and shouts of the crowd. When the audience yelled for more, the good cardinal who said he was not prepared, but asked the audience if they have any requests in mind, obliged by singing “Lead Me Lord”. Fr. Napoleon Encarnacion, OP brought the house down, so to speak, with his own version of “To Love Somebody”. While singing the song, he went around the gymnasium, and asked the audience’s participation, by asking several individuals to sing the chorus.

Another special feature of the concert was a speed painting done by AG Saño, a mural artist and an environmental activist. While Inggo 1587 performed their song “Lamb of God”, Saño painted something that cannot be easily recognized on a black 4 feet by 5 feet board. When the four and a half minutes song ended, Saño turned the board upside down to reveal the face of Jesus Christ with a crown of thorns.

Some Dominican Student-Brothers also participated in the concert with Br. Reginald Zamora, OP, in the percussion; Br. Rambang Ngawan, OP, in the keyboard; Br. Jaymar Capalaran, OP, on rhythm guitar; and Br. Wilhelm Boñon, OP, Br. Kenneth Villacastin, OP, Br. Mark Buenaventura, OP, and Br. Leonito Mateo, OP, as backing vocalists.

“Lead Me On for Dominican Missions”, was organized by the Office of the Promoter of the Missions headed by Fr. Jose Martin Sibug, OP, with the help of Fr. Christopher Jeffrey Aytona, OP as Executive Producer of the event. With RSL Rhythm Sound and Lights as the major sponsor, the dinner concert was for the benefit of the mission programs of the Dominican Province of the Philippines.

By Mr. Norberto Bana III & Br. Jose Martin Sibug, OP

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