When Pope Francis visited the Philippines in 2015, many waited and stood out on the streets rain or shine just to catch a glimpse of him. Millions of Filipinos also attended the Pope’s Mass celebrations in and outside of Metro Manila just to personally hear his homilies— which is a rare occurrence for people who live outside Rome.
But of these individuals, there are those who were lucky to have a close encounter with the Pope during his stay in the country— one of whom is singer Jamie Rivera. (Read: The most heartwarming moments from Lolo Kiko’s visit to the Philippines)
Rivera got the chance to sing for Lolo Kiko twice at two different events back in 2015. Singing her own composition, “We Are All God’s Children,” she performed at the Pope’s meeting with families at the SM Mall of Asia Arena and the gathering of youth at the University of Santo Tomas.
Now, the singer is once again releasing a song for another milestone event for Filipino Catholics. This year, she will be singing the song “We Give Our Yes” in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines.
‘We Give Our Yes’ by Jamie Rivera
“We Give Our Yes” is a song that is all about saying ‘yes’ to the mission of Jesus and staying faithful and hopeful despite the trying times we are experiencing.
The song, written by church composer Fr. Carlo Magno Marcelo, will be released by Star Music and the Archdiocese of Manila tomorrow, January 29. It was commissioned by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) back in 2015 during the National Mission Conference. (Read: Meet the My Pope Philippines Outstanding Parish Priests of 2021)
While we still have a day left before we get to officially hear the song, many are already excited to see what Jamie and the rest of the music team have in store for the quincentennial celebration of Christianity in the Philippines that has the theme, “Gifted to Give.” (Read: Pope Pens Letter to Celebrate 500th Anniversary of First Mass in Chile)
Rivera has always been a voice for special Catholic events in the Philippines— as a matter of fact, she was the composer of the official hymn for St. Pedro Calungsod’s canonization back in 2012!