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The choir that sung beautifully during the Mass was Coro Benito-- a mixed group of young-looking talents, whose repertoire includes songs by Hillsong, Casting Crowns and Bukas Palad.
After communion, one of the members of Coro Benito came forward and reminded the congregation about "Christmas Blessings: Caroling at Salu-Salo," It will be held on December 10, Saturday, 8:00 p.m. at St. Benedict Chapel. It promises to be a memorable evening of songs and fellowship. Coro Benito will sing the carols and after their performance, the audience will be treated to traditional fare of puto bung-bong and bibingka.
To me, it is a worthwhile activity to support. Proceeds will go to Coro Benito's projects for marginalized youth and the repair of the chapel.
Before Fr. de Villa gave the final blessing, he thanked the congregation for the support for the tocino and chicharon that were being sold every Sunday just outside of the chapel. He was happy to reveal that he himself would oversee the production of these items, and that sales had been good that they could support 2 new scholars in the coming semester.
On our way out of the chapel, we stopped by to check the tocino-- too bad, somebody else got the last pack a few seconds ahead of us. And the chicharon was already finished even earlier that day.
We approached the table for donations to the "Christmas Blessings" project. We got 2 invitations.