Panjee Tapales Lopez 28 August 2005 It was a day of healing, truth telling, and hope. Last Sunday, August 21, over a thousand people from all walks of life convened at the People Power Monument to celebrate the light of hope. Edru Abraham and the Kontra Gapi set the rhythm for the crowd through a happy mix of entertainment and education. Edru introduced us to the many sounds created by the instruments used by different Philippine tribes. A little girl (my apologies to her and her mother for not taking down her name!) sang two songs a capella. Her sweet voice filled the air with innocence and promise. Actor/comedian Gary Lim sang an impromptu number and shared his special brand of humor with the audience. Violinist Merjohn Lagaya and pianist Naldy Rodriguez of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra gave a heartfelt performance. People from the urban and rural poor communities were so moved by their music that they applauded enthusiastically several times. I got goosebumps from the authentic swell of appreciation from the crowd and noted that contrary to what people in the entertainment business like to say, our masa brothers respond to quality entertainment. And how! It was a strong statement of how culture brings people together. What a moment! The event ended with a mass celebrated by Fr. "Puti" Enriquez (who was also the day's emcee), Fr. Archie and Fr. Robert Reyes, who ended his 44-day liquid fast the next day.