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By Emily D. Rudd, CC
Introducing with pride the new musical group from Gosford City, composed of nine members, called ‘JUAN RIDE’.
The genesis of the group’s name JUAN RIDE: “JUAN” after Juan de la Cruz, the Philippine symbol of the Filipino ‘everyman’; and “RIDE, their journey through music.
The group was formed in January 2012 when some members of the Filipino-Australian Catholic Community Choir in the Central Coast budded out to stretch the genre of songs for choral singing.
Since then, they had been singing in multicultural activities in the local area, at weddings and birthdays and, most recently, fundraising events.
Recently, they were with the Aliw award-winning choral group Filipino Tenors in Penrith. Wow!
Juan Ride is a non-profit group that performs to serve our parish and the Filipino Catholic community.
The mini-concert at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in East Gosford held last Sunday (September 8 ) was to raise funds for the flood victims in the Philippines from the recent Tropical Storm “Maring”. Proceeds were sent via ABS-CBN FOUNDATION, Inc- Sagip Kapamilya and Forexworld Australia.
Juan Ride had an overwhelming response from the parishioners of St Patrick’s Church and the Filipino-Australian Catholic Community. They sang nine favourite religious and uplifting songs with one of the most applauded “Paraiso”, composed by Ryan Cayabyab.
Fr. Tadeusz Seremet, parish priest of St. Patrick’s Church, speaks highly of the group and the parishioners just couldn’t forget the beautiful rendition of the choral group!
The mini-concert fundraising event was a huge success, thanks to the support of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church parishioners and the members of the Filipino-Australian Catholic Community of Central Coast.
*** Emily D. Rudd is PRO of the Philippine Community Council – NSW and a member of the Filipino Ministerial Consultative Committee (2012).