After the explanation of our webmaster Carlo about appropriateness, I do hope this topic would fit in here. Also, I have seen some messages from threads that seem to be off-topic...may this thread help in organizing the board.
This is the Meet Market thread. If you want to share your personal stories or tidbits of your wonderful life (especially, experiences about your respective choir groups or music ministries, etc...), you can post it here. Let's get to know each other better. I'll start...
I'm Gian, 20 years old from Las Pi“as. I'm a member of the Divine Mercy Choir, tenor ang voice range ko. I could play a little organ kaya kadalasan, ako nagtuturo sa choir namin. Magwa-one year pa lang ako sa group sa February 2003. But this is not my first experience in joining a choir.
When I was in Grade 3, I was invited by my music teacher to join Las Pi“as Boys Choir (along with some other batchmates). And so I did. Sa soprano 1 ako nilagay (eeek!). It was fun at first, but later on, I got tired of it. We were asked to practice everyday (except Saturdays and Sundays). Tapos, nung palapit na yung Simbang Gabi, kasama ako sa napili na sumama na para kumanta sa madaling araw. Kailangan ko na magpractice pati Saturdays. It was very tiring for me kaya nag-quit ako.
High School was a confusing period for me. I have come to a point where I deny the existence of God as well as attacking the Church, etc... But by some unexpected twist of fate, napasali ako sa isang religious group called Antioch. From that org, I've learned that God lives through us...that He also manifests Himself to us in non-obvious ways. The joy of being with my orgmates is one manifestation for me. I felt this deep sense of happiness...only God could be the reason.
Anyway, the "divine high" lasted for about 2 years. After that, I found myself in a vacuum again.
I saw the Humayo't Ihayag video way back in 1999(?). Honestly, I wasn't impressed by it at first view. Every time I get a glimpse of it, I tune in to other stations. This may be because I hated "pop-like" religious songs before. I wasn't a fan of church songs either.
My world was slowly dimming. I'm beginning to think that maturity makes a person skeptical of things. I was ready to accept it as fact until that moment...
Late 2001, I, once again, saw the Humayo't Ihayag video. I don't know, but this time around, it was like I'm hearing a new song. I decided to give it a chance, so I finished it. After watching it, I felt a sudden craving for it. The tune can't get out of my head. I was loving it.
And then, course card distribution day. I discovered that I flunked one major project I had. I knew it would cost me a failure I never had before. I was so nervous. There's no other thoughts in my head but "0.0." Then, my prof gave me my course card. I refused to look at it...I kept it in my pocket instead.
I passed my major subject. I was thrilled! I was even nearly in tears. I discovered that the results of my exams were enough for me to pass the subject. I did get a lower grade than the others...but I felt like I'm the happiest among them.
I pondered at that experience and tried to connect things. What is the meaning of this? What is this experience trying to tell me? I suddenly thought of my fondness for the Humayo't Ihayag song. There must be a reason. Did God give me a second chance? I believe so. And I need to repay Him. I need to serve Him. The Humayo't Ihayag song paved the way for me to discover Bukas Palad. I bought all their albums in CD, from Volume One to the Pasko Na! album. After falling for all the songs, I decided I should join our church's chorale group. The rest is history.