IHMP Parishioner is Grand Champion of Saliw Claretiano II


By Agie Inocencio and Jaz Aquino


On February 8, 2021, IHMP Parishioner Jasmine “Jaz” Aquino was declared the Grand Champion of Saliw Claretiano II, a song writing contest with the theme “We are Missionaries” in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Claretian Presence in the Philippines. The winning song entitled “Tatak Claretiano, Ito Ako” was arranged by Chris Olivar and interpreted by the male members of the IHMP’s Dilaab Music Ministry of which Jaz is a member. The interpreters were Raffy Garcia (soloist), Arnold Santiago, Ronnie Lee, Mike delos Reyes, Eugene Enciso and Paul Lorenzo. Jaz’ composition bested entries from the different Claretian Missions in the Philippines. This was later trimmed down to 10 Finalists that were presented during the Saliw Claretiano II Presentation and Awards Night. It was Jaz’ first time to join a song writing contest.

According to Jaz, “What inspired me to write the song was the tireless dedication and love the Claretians have to serve the poor in far-flung places. Their passion to serve and spread God’s love and His Word is unbelievable! I think the song describes the true charism of what a Claretian is like: That as God’s chosen men and women, their will to serve remains ablaze despite adversities.”

First Runner-up honors went to “Weaver’s Beat” by John Lyncole Trinidad and Reynold Custodio of the Claret Youth Ministry-Zamboanga; interpreted by Nikko Refamonte and Desiree Balugay. Named Second Runner-up was “Tayo’y Mga…” by Bien Carlos Lim, Ven John Porres, CMF and Christian Kent Calatcat from the Claret Novitiate House in Ormoc; interpreted by the composers, Bien Carlos Lim and Christian Kent Calatcat. Presentation videos of all the Finalists may be viewed at the Tatak Claretiano YouTube Channel.

As parishioners of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, we are all called to be missionaries! “Basta Claretiano, Misyonero!”

Tatak Claretiano, Ito Ako

(Music and Lyrics by: Jasmine “Jaz” Aquino/ Arranged by: Chris Olivar)

Verse 1:

Kami ang mga isinugo

Lakas nami’y nagmumula sa Diyos

Di namin alintana

Mga balakid kahit pa sakuna



   Basta Claretiano Misyonero

   Susuyurin saan mang sulok ng mundo

   Hatid ay biyaya at pagmamahal ng Diyos

   Tatak Claretiano ito ako


Verse 2:

Kami ay may pusong umaapaw

Sa paglilingkod sa aming kapwa

Ano mang pagpapakasakit

Kay Hesus at Maria kami ‘y kakapit