Cultural Potpourri | A Musical Tribute to Maestra Ma. Victoria E. Tagle

“God has a purpose for your pain, a reason for your struggles, and a gift for your faithfulness. Don’t ever give up,”

resonates with the personal inspirational message the Reverend Msgr. Paul Quizon of the St. Francis Parish Church gave to the well-loved music maestra Ma. Victoria “Vicky” E. Tagle.

Last July 7, 2018, Nico E. Tagle and the members of the St. Joseph Vocal Ensemble (SJVE) gathered family members, relatives, and friends in a tribute cum fundraising dinner held at the D’Leonor Hotel-Bajada all for the love of the ailing music maestra Vicky. Indeed, it was quite a shock to learn a few months earlier that the beloved music maestra has cancer of the uterus and had to undergo a series of expensive chemotherapy sessions at the Davao Doctors Hospital which could naturally drain one’s finances. As such, the devoted Rey and Nico Tagle, along with the members of the SJVE, decided to put up a fund-raising dinner to be of help.

As the unico hijo of the Tagles explained in his welcome remarks, “My mom felt sad that she felt all alone in her fight against the big C. Tonight, we have all gathered here to let her know that she is not alone in her trying times. We are in total support of her; and we are praying fervently for her recovery as her prayer warriors. You are not alone in your battle, ma. We all love you and we will always be here for you.”

“Maestra Vicky’s St. Joseph Vocal Ensemble is a church-based choral group which was formed in 2001 through the initiative of Fr. Pete Lamata and maestra Vicky. The group was formerly known as the St. Joseph the Worker Parish Choir; and was an official parish choir. The group has joined multiple chorale competitions in the Davao region and has won awards consequently. It was in 2010 that the group underwent changes and transformed itself as the St. Joseph Vocal Ensemble. We continue our journey to share God’s music through the church with teacher Vicky leading us. The SJVE is a resident choir of the Sta. Ana Church, Our Lady of the Perpetual Help, and the Carmelite Monastery’s Chapel. The choir also finds time to share their music in church services held at the Abreeza Mall on Sundays,” shared the devoted choir member Kristine Rose Duritan-Puyod.

On the special night for maestra Vicky, the SJVE started the programme with heartfelt renditions of the “Prayer of St. Francis” and “Seasons of Love.” Dance maestra Cecile D. Hidalgo’s I-Sayaw’s lead ballet muse, Erika Almaden, performed to the tune of “Ave Maria.” Bro. Froilem “Bonn” Barretto of the Redemptorist Church sang his version of “The Warrior is a Child” followed by “The Promise” which had the guests warming up to a night of music.

As the guests were having dinner, Musikademy’s Kyle Pulido entertained with his guitar music. Watching him perform made me realize that, indeed, the boy has developed into a good artist. My first encounter with Kyle was when I was portraying the role of the King in the “King and I” and Kyle was still a very young and cute boy in the Musikademy production. After Kyle came the performance of the Musikademy Scholars of music maestro Bong Aviola. The group is comprised of Yannah Maniquis, Lexi Cosare, Quisha Modequillo, KC Bengil, Riana Gumanit, Caitlyn Co, JClark Detoya, Andrea Lopez, and Yanna Ignacio who sang songs quite unfamiliar to the audience.

It was truly a special night of music for maestra Vicky. Can you imagine the Davao Girls Choir of the Davao City National High School with conductress Elena Gementiza; maestro Bong Aviola’s The Himig Singers; and The University of Mindanao Chorale headed by Peter Ian Buaya and Timothy Paul Atencio all joining forces with the St. Joseph Vocal Ensemble as singing warriors for the love of maestra Vicky?

“It is music and teaching music which gives me the courage and hope to face this challenging phase of my life. I continue enduring my agony knowing the Lord is always there for me. He is my rock. And I thank you all for this wonderful opportunity of sharing music which is special for me,” said the teary eyed and frail music maestra Ma. Victoria E. Tagle.
To end the evening, the SJVE, the Himig Singers, Musikademy’s M6, The Davao Girls Choir, and the University of Mindanao Chorale were united in singing “When You Believe” lovingly dedicated to music maestra Vicky.
I am praying for your fast recovery, tia Vicky; and I love you.

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