San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir marks 25th Year with Jubilee Concert
The San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir celebrated its 25th Year Jubilee. The SLRC was founded by their Music Conductor Bro. Al Doloroso, with a number of singers in January 1988. Fr. Rodolfo Imperial of Bl. John XXIII Church suggested to name the choir after the First Filipino Saint San Lorenzo Ruiz.
On September 28, 2013, the SLRC Manager Bro. Jorge Isidro, together with SLRC conductor Bro. Al Doloroso performed a 2 hour – 3 part spectacular concert, to celebrate “The Gift of Music” in the full packed hall of Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Everybody loved their sensational concert. Bro. Al said that this concert was the product of joyous singers who blended together, who spent much of their precious time to make it a successful. The narration was done by SK Alex Saroca, PGK of Our Lady of the Assumption Knights of Columbus Council # 12582. The main pianist is Emy Lumibao de Asis.
They started initial practice in the basement of Bl. John XXIII where the Choir rehearsed regularly. They started to serve at the Filipino Mass at Martyr Shrine. The Filipino Chaplaincy (Archdiocesan Filipino Catholic Mission) moved to the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bathurst Street in Toronto, under the Spiritual leadership of Rev. Fr. Ben Ebcas, Jr., where they offered regular Filipino Masses every Sunday. The SLRC moved their practice venue and sang in the weekly masses in Our Lady of the Assumption Church.
They did Christmas Caroling to raise funds for the music instruments. Later, they were invited to public functions in various communities and even in private functions. They also performed in a Pilgrimage to Carey, Ohio, for the Block Rosary Crusade of Toronto.
The SLRC singers include: Rettie Macariola, Opel Munsod, Cecille Dimabuyu, Carol Bondoc, Lind Llovit, Linda Corales, Ester Macabugao, Jeannette Legaspi, Janet Sarmiento, Adel Tigueros, Tezz Viloria, Susan Stanev, Vicky Abrazado, Salve Aquino, Leo Almonte, Pepita Verayo, Josie Aguinaldo, Lina Langit, Lumen Soliman, Cesar Soliman, Ernie Pardinas, Arnel Dimabuyu, Roe Duka, Franscis Sarmiento, Carlos de Asis, Rollie Bautista, Jorge Isidro, Dado Bondoc and musician Butch Abrazado.
Their Concert was greatly supported by the Knights of Columbus (SK Pors Canlas, GK), Daughters of Isabella (Lady Eli Catli, Lady Mitz Canlas, Lady Zeny Crescini), the Block Rosary Crusaders of Toronto (Litz and Tony Leano, Lita Abesamis, Sir George and Lady Dolly Poblete) PCCF (Litz Leano) the Knights of Rizal (Sir George Poblete, Sir Mario Alpuerto) and the AFCM associations in Our Lady of Assumption Church.
The SLRC sang several Filipino and lively songs. A sumptuous Filipino dinner was served to the guests. They were supported by Lady Rita Doloroso and their SLRC families.