You see performers doing their best to entertain people, but these performers are behind the norms. They use their ability not just to produce good music, but to connect people to God.
Despite having a heavy schedule as a dentist of her own dental clinic, 28-year-old Rudjie Maghirang still manages to hit the cymbals and crush the drums to serve the Lord. She sees playing the drums as a privilege for not all people are given the chance to perform on the stage and not all people know how to play drums.
She started performing as a drummer when she was part of the all-girl band during her college years at University of the Philippines – Manila. Then she tried out to be part of the music ministry of their Church and got accepted. But despite performing for years, there are times that she questions or doubt her ability. “Sometimes I doubt on my capability, but at the middle of praise and worship God reminds me that I was born for this.” Sometimes she tends to get surprise how God help her do something she’d never done before. “Minsan parang magugulat ka pambihira paano ko nagawa yung rolling na yun. Iba yung way kung paano katina-touch ni Lord kapag nag peperform ka”
Being a drummer has helped her shape her character. She learned to handle correction from different people and even handling her emotions. “Buti nga binigyan ako ng ability kasi those times na napapagod ako, those times na ayoko na tumugtog, pinapaalala sa akin ni God na siya ang reason kung bakit ako tumutugtog.” She adds. One of her unforgettable moment while performing is when God spoke to her, “Naalala ko nung nag-speak sa akin si Lord, sabi niya, Nakita mo yang cymbals na yan, ang dumi no? Pero pag nagproduce siya ng music, one of a kind. Look at your life, you’re not perfect but you’re one of a kind.”
The Extraordinary vocalist
As he dreamed of becoming a champion to any singing competition on the television, destiny brought him to different form which is to lead people to praise and worship. Lou Evert Bocaling sings to express his unceasing love to God. He believes that his talent in singing and love for music was his Birth right from God. “Naniniwala ako na bawat tao may binibigay na birth right ang God sa kanya. Para sa akin, ang music, birth right siya sa akin ng God. So kung paano ko pinapangalagaan yung family ko, yung mga ni-le-lead kong people, ganoon din ang music. Kasi ang music isa siyang instrumento kung paano ko ma-i-po-pour out yung buhay ko, yung heart ko, kung sino man ako. Hindi lang sa Diyos pero sa tao.”
The talented guitarist
From being a shy guy, Jet Ambrocio learned to have confidence
throughout his experience as a guitarist in their church for five years. And even before, he pictures himself performing on a stage. Through performing, he learned to have more discipline. “Kasi kung wala kang disiplina, hindi ka talaga matuto” he said. But aside from being a guitarist, he knows how to play keyboard, kajon, bass guitar and drums. So he’s definitely a talented musician.
(Note: I wrote this article as part of our final project in my writing class.)