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Launching of the first Musical Album of Kanlungan, " Kung Wala Na Ang Lahat. . .May Pagmamahal" at Pan Pacific Hotel Manila last May 19, 2001 was a dream come true to the staff and children. The activity highlighted the songs composed of the supervising social worker and some children. The songs were arranged by a well-known musician, Mr. N Arnel De Pano and interpreted by Ms. Carla Martinez, The Emmanuel Singers and The Kanlungan Children's Chorale. Board members of Kanlungan, friends, supporters and dignitaries have attended the activity. The Pan Pacific Hotel directors and employees have contributed a lot to make the launching really successful. The venue was free of charge because of the continuous partnership of Kanlungan and the Pan Pacific Hotel. Praise God that this activity was held in the right time and at the beautiful place. 

During the activity, Mr. Heinz Fussle gave an inspirational message, Mrs. Alicia Bala from the Department of Social Welfare & Development-National Capital Region and Dr. Faustino P Quiocho gave their short messages. Awit, the composer, was tongue tied when she was called to give her message. However, the presentation of the Kanlungan Children's Chorale, The Emmanuel Singers and Mr. N Arnel De Pano and their production number touched the hearts of the guests particularly when all the staff and volunteers joined the singers during the second round of the theme song. Glory to God, indeed!



The Kanlungan Children's Chorale is composed of 22 Kanlungan children ages 7-15 who were trained by Awit and some volunteers in singing, dancing and acting. It started as a singing group of children who lives at the center. Every now and then, Kanlungan receives invitation from different groups - professionals, business or church, for the kids to sing during special occasions. Through the years, the children's talents have been developed and enhanced, thus, their performances have improved. They garnered Best Chorale group during the First Music Festival for Street Children sponsored by Manila Cluster in May 1993 at Rizal Park and the 1st prize in the Christmas Carole Singing Contest hosted by TV Patrol of ABS-CBN held at Ever Gotesco, Fairview, Quezon City.

The Kanlungan Children's Chorale has always been invited to lead the National Anthem during the Asian Slow-Pitch Ball Tournament that is hosted by the Amateur Slo-Pitch Softball Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Sports Commission for several years now, since 1998. They have performed at the Trader's Hotel Lobby for two days during Christmas season. They have also performed at the Standard Chartered Bank Headquarters Office in Makati and the residence of the British Ambassador during the British Women's Christmas gathering. From August to September 2001, ten members of the chorale group (Peter, Mark Anthony, Alex, David, Maeann, Racma, Glo, Michelle & Shirley) presented a musical play "Changed Lives" at six major cities (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Okayama, Hiroshima & Fukuoka) in Japan through the invitation of the Konkokyo Peace Activity Center of Okayama. The play was written & directed by Awit. A total of nine performances were conducted.. They were accompanied & assisted by five staff headed by Ate Sol, Emma, Awit, Vicky & Mercy.

The Philippine Heart Center headed by the leaders of the employees association invited the Kanlungan Children's Chorale to present songs during their 27th anniversary last February 14, 2002 at the auditorium of Philippine Heart Center. The heads of the medical institution even requested for their repeat performance come July of this year.

Also, last February 25, 2002, our chorale group was invited by Commissioner Christopher Carreon of EDSA Commisison to take part during the EDSA Anniversary celebration along the well-known artists and performers like Gary Valenciano, Freddie Aguilar and others. They also represented children and youth during the celebration. The children presented only one song, "Sama-sama" promoting unity in relation to the event. The said activity was televised "live" all over the Philippines.

The choir members are: Gretchen Ocampo, Peter Simon Merjudio, Aldrin Nagrama, Alex Bonina, Mark Anthony Ocampo, Michelle Cedro, Racma Amir Sarip, Lenny Briones, David Valdueza, Shiela Cruz, Mirriam Cedro, Armando Canlas, Michelle Potenciano, Shirley Sy, Janalan Ampuan, Jay-R San Roque, Maruel Atienza, Richard Enriquez, Maeann Baba, Gellie Baba, Glorinie Baba & Norhanya Mudsol.

The kids who recorded the songs in the Musical Album, "Kung Wala Na Ang Lahat" are: David-soloist, Shirley Sy, Michelle Cedro, Mark Anthony Ocampo, Racma Amir Sarip, Lenny Briones, Maryann Maghuyop, Glorine Baba and Shiela Cruz.