Jesse Manibusan to help Santa Teresita celebrate 65 years

Chamorro spiritual singer Jesse Manibusan sings from the heart during a Nov. 25, 2015 concert organized by the Archdiocese of Agana’s Division of Pastoral Ministries. The composer of “Open My Eyes, Lord” and numerous inspirational songs will help Santa Teresita parish celebrate its 65th year anniversary in a visit to Guam July 13-24. (Photo from the Collection of the Late Paul J. Borja, Used with permission.)

By Tony C. Diaz
Umatuna Si Yu’os

Inspirational Chamorro singer, songwriter and speaker Jesse Manibusan is bringing his guitar, giant smile and love of God to Guam again.

The Santa Teresita Catholic Church’s youth ministry will welcome the charismatic Catholic music minister to the island from July 13th to the 24th as the Mangilao parish celebrates its 65th anniversary.

A regular visitor to the island which he fondly calls the “home of his ancestral chromosomes”, Manibusan will share his many gifts while on island, Kevin Delgado, longtime youth ministry director of Santa Teresita said.

Manibusan will conduct Santa Teresita’s Youth Leaders Retreat, pay a visit to Guam’s manamko’ (elderly), visit incarcerated youth at the Department of Youth Affairs in Mangilao, and host inspirational talks with parish youth, musicians, and married couples.

Everyone is invited to see Jesse perform live at the Santa Teresita Parish 65th Anniversary Gala Dinner 6 p.m. Friday, July 15th at the Sheraton Laguna Resort Ballroom, Delgado said.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at the Santa Teresita parish office during the week.

Additionally, Jesse will be the lone entertainer during a mini concert at Santa Teresita Church 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17th.

Donations will be accepted at the door, and CDs will be made available for sale that evening.

Known throughout the U.S. and parts of the world for his beautiful spiritual songs and upbeat, highly interactive singing and rapport with those who come to share in his celebrations, Manibusan has authored numerous songs and produced many music CDs.

His stirring, heartfelt hymn “Open My Eyes, Lord” is regularly sung in Masses on Guam and throughout the U.S. The joyful “Malo, Malo, Thanks Be To God” is a celebration and expression of gratitude to Our Lord crooned in multiple languages, including Chamorro, Filipino, Spanish and Korean.

Manibusan is also known for his song, “Forever Chamorro”, a kind of anthem of Chamorros transplanted or far away from their home island in the Pacific.

Jesse has been to Guam nearly a half dozen times in the past 10 years, often as a guest of the Archdiocese of Agana, lifting up children, adults and families with his down-to-earth charm, joyful music and moving testimonials about the love of Christ.