This was a place where friends and family would get together to escape the hot summer heat. The children have now grown up and this old public beach at the back side of the Emirates Palace Hotel had long been closed. Change has again triumphed.
My wife is a member of church singing group called the Oasis Herald Chorale. The concert that was held last December 2009 was one of the last major concerts that the group had. It was intended for fund-raising for the church building project here in the U.A.E. The concert was entitled the Mystery and Majesty of Christmas. It was one of the most successful concerts by the group and a lot of people who attended really enjoyed the experience. All the preparation, the hard work, the expenses, the long practice sessions, and the tension were all worth it. Some of those who attended were already asking about the next concert of the group. Hopefully, the group will be able to participate in a concert organized by our church, which will be a multiple-singing-group concert that will be held late this year.
Annalyn Lorenzo, our female soloist with the exceptional voice
Love Solomon, belting out a solo piece
Betsy Samonte (left), Edzel Zapico and Lei Tabios
L-R: Gerdie, Cheryl (my wife) and Love
L-R: Jinky Baldeviso, Shem Postrero and Rowena Umapas
L-R: Rowena Umapas, Jonathan Corrales and Jeannie Diesto
L-R: Alevem Moralde, Nathaniel Llaguno and Guil Maximo
The church building has already been erected in Ras Al Khaimah, and the first anniversary of the building was celebrated last May 19, 2012. Since that concert, several members have already left the group. Some went home to the Philippines, others moved to another Emirates and some others moved to another country. There were also some who formed their own singing groups. But still, the group continues its ministry through music. New members have moved in and the core members of the group remain intact. The challenges that the group faced had only made the group stronger and more determined to continue its ministry by reaching out to people through music.