Traditional Latin Mass music at Intramuros: Book launching of Prof. Maria Alexandra Inigo Chua’s “Kirial de Baclayon ano 1826: Hispanic sacred music in 19th century Bohol, Philippines”

Close to two hundred years after it first existed, the Misa Baclayana
from Bohol’s Baclayon Church will come alive in words and music on
Friday, April 30, 2010, 4pm at the Almacenes Reales, Fort Santiago,
Intramuros, Manila.

The occasion will be the launch of Prof. Maria Alexandra Inigo Chua’s
Administration with the directorship of Ms. Bambi Harper, and the
cooperation of the Filipino Heritage Festival.

Published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press, the book brings to
wider public attention the painstaking research work of musicologist
Alexandra “Sandy” Chua, professor at the University of Santo Tomas,
and highlights the discovery of the complete and intact Baclayana
choir books, expounds on the important role of the Augustinians in the
religious and historical context of Bohol out of which the musical
tradition grew, and delves closely into the musicological properties
of the various Mass compositions that likewise existed during the same period in the 19th century.

The book, published under the Press’s Cultural Heritage Series, comes
with a compact disc of performances of the Loboc Children’s Choir of
the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei of the Misa
Baclayana, conducted by Ms. Alma Taldo with Father Manuel Maramba on the organ, and of the UST Singers of the same parts of the Misa de Sales, conducted by Mr. Fidel Calalang, Jr., also accompanied by Father Maramba on the organ.

The launching on Friday will feature a presentation on the KIRIAL by
Prof. Chua, and commentaries by Father Ted Torralba, Executive
Secretary of the Permanent Committee for the Cultural Heritage of the
Church of the CBCP, and Father Rene Javellana, Jesuit scholar on the
arts and editor of the AUP’s Cultural Heritage Series.

Also during the launch, the Loboc Children’s Choir will perform
excerpts from the cd and other pieces mentioned in the book,
specifically: the Kyrie of Misa Baclayana from the Kirial de
Baclayon,1826, the Sanctus from the Misa Baclayana, Kirial de
Baclayon,1826, the La Salve Portuguesa from the Misal de Baclayon,
1827, and the Ay Dueno de mi Vida from the Manual-Cantoral de Santa Clara de Manila 1874.

The book and cd edition will be available at a special launch price,
and may be ordered through the Ateneo Press bookshop, other bookstores and special venues.

Thank you, we hope to see you there.

Ateneo de Manila University Press
Bellarmine Hall, AdMU Campus
Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights
Tel 02-4265984; 4266001 ext 4613

Gregor Mendel the Augustinian Abbot

We know Gregor Mendel as the Austrian scientist who cross-bred pea plants to determine the law of how genetic traits of the parents, such as  tall and short, are passed on to their offsprings.  But he is not only the Father of Heredity.  As a parish priest ordained in 1847, he was also the father of his parish.  And as an Augustinian monk elected abbot by his fellow monks at the age of 47, he was also the father of his monastery[1]:

The new abbot was a very popular man. He received a good living and used much of it to entertain friends. Festival days were marked by open house to which the entire village was invited. Christmas was celebrated in a memorable manner; food and drink were enjoyed by all. Mendel was known to be charitable although he avoided publicizing his gifts to troubled villagers.

In spite of his gentleness he ended his life in dispute with the government. The legislature had passed a bill in 1874 that called for the taxation of church property in order to increase the salaries of the parish priests.

Mendel agreed that the state needed the money for this purpose and offered to send a voluntary contribution. He regarded the law as repressive, however, and stubbornly refused to concede that the state had any right to tax the church. The government would not accept the voluntary contribution but reasserted its demands. The struggle went on without result until his death, but it embittered Mendel, causing him to turn on anyone who tried to reason that the laws must be obeyed.[2]


[1] Philip Cane, Giants of Science (Pyramid, New York, 1959), pp. 194-200. See p. 196-197.

[2] Ibid., p. 197.