Dominican band holds thanksgiving concert for its 20th anniversary

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(Photo by Hazel Grace S. Posadas/The Varsitarian)

ALL-DOMINICAN band Inggo 1587 held a thanksgiving concert titled “Kailan Lamang… Inggo 1587” in celebration of its 20th anniversary at the UST Museum on March 15.

The seven-member band is composed of flutist Fr. Didoy Abaño, O.P., keyboardist and vocalist Fr. Jepoy Arciwals, O.P., drummer Fr. Deng de la Cruz, O.P., percussionist Fr. Nap Encarnacion, O.P., lead guitarist Fr. Auckhs Enjaynes, O.P., rhythm guitarist Fr. Joemar Sibug, O.P. and bassist Fr. Dennis Maquiraya, O.P.

After kicking it off with a spirited classic titled “This is the Day,” they also serenaded the audience with “Kailan Lamang,” “Nothing Can Separate Us” and “Sing Hallelujah”.

The band also performed “Lead Me On,” which won Best Inspirational Album Award in the 40th Catholic Mass Media Awards.

As part of their mission to “spread the goodness of the Gospel through music”, band members performed their “theme song,” titled “I’ll always be there,” which is based on a bible verse from the Gospel of Matthew.

The concert was capped with another original composition, “Hanggang sa Dulo”.

Arciwals said they were glad to perform once more at the UST Museum, where the band first performed 20 years ago.

“Who would have thought that it’s already been 20 years? […] There is joy in seeing the group complete again. We had our ups and downs, but above all else we learned to love,” he said in Filipino.

Founded on 1998, the band was named after Santo Domingo, the founder of the Order of Preachers, and 1587, the year when the Dominican friars first arrived in the country.

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