First ever reggae opera coming to Manila


Posted at Feb 24 2013 12:20 PM | Updated as of Feb 25 2013 07:12 PM

MANILA - "Isaiah," the first ever reggae opera, is coming to Manila next month.

"Isaiah" is a musical opera based on the life of the Prophet Isaiah.

It is produced by "Fr. Ho Lung and Friends" of Missionaries of the Poor (MOP).

The MOP was founded in 1981 by Fr. Richard Ho Lung, a Catholic priest, in Jamaica. His parents were born in Hong Kong but migrated to Jamaica.

Ho Lung eventually fell in love with reggae music and worked with song writers and performers to produce inspirational music.

"Isaiah" will have eight performances in Star Theater at the CCP Complex in Pasay City next month:

  • March 2, Saturday: 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
  • March 3, Sunday: 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
  • March 9, Saturday: 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
  • March 10, Sunday: 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Proceeds from "Isiah" will be used for the construction of the Divine Mercy Apostolate Center in San Andres Bukid, Manila.

Below is a backgrounder on where the money raised will go to.

by Fr. Charles Susai, Missionaries of the Poor

In 2011, with the blessing and invitation of His Eminence Cardinal Rosales, the Archdicoese of Manila welcomed the Missionaries of the Poor to establish their mission in San Andres Bukid, Manila, Philippines.

Photo courtesy of Jerry Gamelo

One of the things the Brothers and Priests of the Missionaries of the Poor (MOP) did as they arrived was to take in 20 elderly men living under the bridge in very severe and harsh conditions. They adopted them as their own some of whom were ill and in their early and late seventies.

There was a man who lived under the bridge for 14 years. It was a blessing to adopt him and bring home with us. Few months later we were able to trace back his relatives and bring him back to his relative’s home. Initiatives such as these are our formidable duty from which we cannot shy away from as Missionaries of the Poor. The men are happy. They have a home with the Brothers now and they are helpful in their own ways to each other creating a family atmosphere. Through the kindness of a very generous friend, the MOP has been able to build a medical clinic and its objective is to provide medical services daily for the children and adults from the neighborhood. We need medical doctors and nurses and supplies of medicines to effectively minister to the people in San Andres. Through the kindness of friends and family, in particular, the family of Jenny Divine Mercy Center San Andres, Manila

Photo courtesy of Jerry Gamelo

Napoles, we were able to construct and complete a Convent home for Brothers and priests. Msgr. Ramirez, the priest devoted to spreading the DIVINE MERCY of JESUS is the prime mover and who brought this project to completion. The ISAIAH Reggae Musical while being in and of itself a spiritual event promoting evangelization through music and songs – a ministry that is welcomed by the Vatican II document, Guadium et Spes – is also a fund raising event of the Missionaries of the Poor.

Photo courtesy of Jerry Gamelo

A three storey Divine Mercy Apostolate for 120 special children and elderly men and women is presently under construction and your contributions today and all proceeds from the Musical Show go toward the completion of the building. While we are concerned in feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and housing the homeless and fully committed to the ideal of restoring human dignity, there is no hunger that is deeper in the human soul than the hunger for God.

Photo courtesy of Jerry Gamelo

This is precisely and ultimately we wish to offer to the poor and everyone who may enter through our doors. When that hunger for God is fed all other hungers even when are not satisfied sufficiently, we can be pleased that we have done the best we could. We greet, bless and wish everyone one here today God’s endearing presence and goodness to remain with you for here. Come and visit with us when you can and see the works we are doing. We would like you to be part of our spirituality and celebrate the Church’s faith in actions of love, compassion and mercy.

Missionaries of the Poor

1766 Sagrada Pamilya, San Andres, Bukid, Manila / 02-354-3449 / [email protected]