MANILA -- Veteran actress-director Laurice Guillen will be honored at the Archdiocese of Manila’s Patron of the Arts benefit concert to be held on December 12, 7 p.m. at the Meralco Theater in Pasig.
Written by Cathy Azanza-Dy and directed by Rem Zamora, the show, entitled “Maria, The Most Beautiful Sound,” coincides with the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the anniversary of the installation of His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as Archbishop of Manila.
A known Marian devotee, Guillen has directed many acclaimed films, including the family drama “Tanging Yaman.” She is also an advocate of Philippine independent cinema as competition director of the annual Cinemalaya Film Festival.
Patron of the Arts is an annual fundraiser spearheaded by Cardinal Tagle and produced by the Jesuit Communications Foundation, the media arm of the Society of Jesus.
“The event aims to affirm Filipino talent…(because) by recognizing God-given talent, the Church affirms the Christian values that Filipino artists celebrate in their work. Likewise, through the concert, the Church lends her support to the Arts which mirror God’s beauty and creativity,” the cardinal said.
This year’s concert is a musical tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary in commemoration of the centennial of the last apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, as well as to Filipino mothers in challenging circumstances who epitomize the spirit of Mother Mary in modern times.
The musical includes both secular and religious songs and features performances by Frenchie Dy, Abra, Noel Cabangon, Poppet Bernadar, El Gamma Penumbra, mud art artist Percy Denolo and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo.
Proceeds will go to the Archdiocese of Manila’s Mothers-In-Crisis Fund, a special fund dedicated to the needs of indigent mothers and mothers in very critical circumstances.