A dream came true for the residents of the Calvary Chapel Children’s Home in Bacolod City when singer-composer Jose Marie Chan came to meet them last night.
Chan kept a promise, made through the DAILY STAR, to visit them and the children gave him about 20 minutes of performances with songs that left him teary-eyed and clapping.
The home is run by Pastor Joe and Billie Rosmarino and cares for 170 orphaned, abused, abandoned and special children.
The Rosmarinos describe themselves as a singing family who are always ready, at the spur of the moment, to sing for visitors and never fail to produce annual Christmas cantatas.
In December 2010, the Calvary children held a Christmas cantata that highlighted the songs of Chan, including his hit – “Christmas in Our Hearts”, to stress the need to put Christ at the center of ones celebrations.
Nanay Billie, as she is known to the children at the home and to friends, said at the time that Chan’s music is a favorite at the home, and the kids love him, so they decided to use songs from his Christmas album for their presentation.
Chan’s “Christmas in Our Hearts” is the biggest selling album in Philippine history.
Chan, when told by the DAILY STAR that he helped inspire the Calvary children, said that someday he would meet them.
When Chan walked in last night, there were cheers and applause, and wide grins on the faces of everyone at the home.
Despite his busy schedule he spent time to listen to the children sing, and to talk to the people at the home.
“Thank you for making our dream come true,” Nanay Billie gushed.
Chan left the home with homemade cookies from Nanay Billie and with everyone impressed at what a nice person he is.*CPG