Some 30 women and children from a Catholic crisis centre were among those who enjoyed a concert of gospel and pop music recently.
The women from the Good Shepherd Centre even got up to dance during the concert, put on by local musician Terence Castillo.
The God is Good concert was held at the Church of St Mary of the Angels’ St Clare Hall on Aug 20.
“I believe [the concert] would lighten their worries and provide some hope in their difficulties,” said Ms Teresa Yong, programme coordinator for the centre, which helps women, children and foreign domestic workers rebuild their lives after abuse and victimisation.
The two-hour concert, attended by 350 people, kicked off with Castillo performing popular songs such as I Believe, Lean on Me and How Sweet It is to be Loved by You.
He was accompanied by a church choir, The Seraphim Choir, and a four-piece band comprising local musicians.
Another singer, Jurane Solano, performed solo and also sang with Castillo The Prayer, popularised by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion.
Although Castillo has had a secular music career spanning two decades, this was his debut concert in gospel and pop music, he said.
He had told CatholicNews earlier that he wanted to “bring music to people to make them feel good and connect ... with God”.
In fact, the crowd warmed up after the first half hour and began clapping, singing and dancing to the music.
Speaking after the concert, he said he was grateful to sponsors and supporters who bought a third of the tickets.
Sponsors donated many tickets to organisations catering to the disadvantaged. Each ticket cost $38.
“Through this concert I can praise God in an upbeat and fun way!” said Mr Andy Cheong who bought 65 tickets and donated most of them to the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Castillo told CatholicNews he hopes to hold more concerts like this and eventually have a sustainable career performing gospel and pop music.
By Martin See