Joy. Pain. Humility. Vision. Service.
These were the themes in St. Ignatius’s life which we focused and reflected on in the recollection-cum-concert entitled, IGnights@XSN: An Evening of Acoustic Music with Ignatius. These themes inspired us on how to serve God in our daily lives and pray sincerely to Him, too. Strong motivating songs like Roar by Katy Perry, Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri and Warrior Is A Child by Gary Valenciano were sung by students from Grade 7 and 9 whose haunting and beautiful voices both moved and energized everyone to clap to the beat. When each of them finished, everyone applauded with glee. I also got goose bumps because of their great voices. Some teachers even sung the Pilgrim’s Theme which tells us to follow Jesus no matter what and to find our place here on Earth. Lastly, when Fr. Munching de Guzman, who is our School Chaplain, sung Pananagutan by Jamie Rivera, we also sung with him too to end this wonderful event.
When asked about the event, students, parents, and teachers collectively agreed that the event was simple yet meaningful and that they were happy that this took place. Performer Clarice Bernal (9A) had this to say about the event: “Being asked to perform for IGnights was definitely a surprise. At first, I was hesitant since I was asked to sing a song I didn’t really master and that the activity was only three days away. Not being able to practice due to the busy weekend, I was extremely nervous on the day of IGnights. Singing in front of the other students, parents and teachers was such an exhilarating experience. I’m glad I agreed to take part in Xavier’s IGnights and if given the chance, I would definitely do this again.” Mr. Marvin Ong, our Xavier alumnus Music teacher and the lead organizer, said that he hopes this will become a tradition in XSN because not only will it become “an outlet for the students and their artistry through music and hopefully in the future through dance and other media, but also a method or form of recollection and prayer to bond the whole school community.”
One parent, Mrs. Cherrylyn Fajardo, added that she thought it was a “great celebration because…the students and teachers shared their talents with other people, and I’m very happy!”
My classmates and I were very happy, too. Not only did we enjoy, we also learned a few things. In my case, I learned that we could reflect and discover new things that can be put to action through singing or listening to different songs which would help us in our goals in life. Any form of music would do the trick. As Plato the philosopher said, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and everything.” It explains why we have music and how great a help it is to us to have it. I hope — like Mr. Ong — that this event would be a tradition in Xavier School Nuvali to let light shine through every voice and instrument for the greater glory of God. Laus Deo Semper!