Mel Zulueta Kasuya

Mga Mukha ng Pag-ibig 

Dr. Mel Zulueta Kasuya

Chair, GFGC

The Gathering of Filipino Groups and Communities (GFGC) was indeed blessed and privileged to organize a charity concert after a 4-year hiatus since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Entitled “Mga Mukha ng Pag-ibig” (Faces of Love), the concert featured the Himig Koenji, FilCom Chorale, Les Cuerdas and the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Cultural Dance Troupe. The concert was held on November 13 (Monday) 7:30 pm at the Sakura Hall of the Shibuya Cultural Center Owada.

The charity concert was conceived to rise above the challenges of pastoral care amidst coronavirus, and to continue with the mission to provide catechism through the universal language of music. Through the messages wrapped in songs, the GFGC sincerely hoped that the concert allowed people to commune with God and to pray as one community united in heart, mind and purpose amidst diversity. 


The theme of this year’s concert was very meaningful and timely. The pandemic experience gave us the time to reflect and realize that love is the true essence of life to have lasting peace, joy and purpose. The carefully selected repertoire of songs and dances reminded the audience of God’s love for His people and challenged everyone to respond to the call to be faithful channels of His love and worthy stewards of His gifts.


The Himig Koenji choir of the Franciscan Chapel Center sang and danced to the following liturgical songs: Let Your Praises be Heard, Iyung-iyo, Earthkeeper, Hesus Aking Kaibigan, Arms of Love, and Magpasalamat sa Kanya.

Clad in Filipiniana, the FilCom Chorale sang mostly the favorite Filipino classics:  Libis ng Nayon, Hana Wa Saku, Ako ay Pilipino, Diyos Lamang Ang Nakakaalam, Minamahal Kita, and Dahil sa Iyo.


The string quartet, Les Cuerdas, played the tunes Gaano Kita Kamahal, and Kawa no nagare no youni.


The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Cultural Dance Troupe danced gracefully with their rendition of Ragragsakan, Kadal Taho, Kinakulangan/Pig-apir, Paseo de Ilo-ilo, La Estudyantina, and Pastores de Talisay.


The proceeds of the charity concert have been earmarked for the Laudato Si: Kawayan Para sa Kabuhayan at Kalikasan Project of Fr. Efren Borromeo, SOLT, in Bicol, Philippines for the healing of the soul, soil and society. The choice of concert beneficiary also upholds Laudate Deum, the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, that exhorts us to praise God for all His creatures.


The GFGC Core Group (Concert Organizing Committee) is very grateful to all the performers who shared their time and talent, to the generous sponsors and volunteers, and to everyone who witnessed the different faces of love portrayed by the concert.



Photo credits to Prof. Fumi Terada