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29th October 2011

PHILIBLOG II

A continuation of the blog according to Libera.

Wednesday began at the AIM fairly late, so that we were refreshed. The first thing we did after breakfast was to go to the Manila Intl. Airport and catch a flight to Cebu. As we have learnt over the years, there’s no such thing as a quick flight! It was only an hour long; however checking in and out of each airport  (plus getting our suitcases back and all that hassle) adds so much time to the trip that really half the day is spent on travel.

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But that didn’t matter so much – when we arrived, we were greeted by a band singing the famous ‘Cebu’ song which those of us who had been before remembered so well. We all knew what was coming next, though – the Shangri-La. You could almost feel the excitement in the coach! Upon our arrival there, a band and dance group were there to meet us. Their performance was astounding, and after this we were given the keys to our wonderfully exquisite rooms. We had really forgotten how much we missed it: complimentary mangos, the infinity pool, balconies overlooking the sea – ahh, we could get used to that every day! In the evening we went swimming in one of the pools, and then we had a huge dinner consisting mainly of pizza and pasta dishes being relentlessly put on the tables. That evening we went to bed in that happy, Shangri-La state you feel when you stay there.

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Thursday morning was another comfortably late start, with an enormous breakfast overlooking the infinity pool, beach and sea. This was mainly a leisure day, and we had a little time in our rooms before going back out to the swimming pools for most of the morning. After another huge lunch (I think you get the picture that every meal here is simply in excess) we went to the arcade area, which has loads of gaming machines, air hockey and snooker tables, and a big indoor adventure playground thing. This occupied us for some time! After this session we went to the big Shoe Mart shopping mall in Cebu for another meet and greet. We had a great reception, with lots of screams and applause (this will be of greater significance later) and were treated again to the welcome of the fans! That was a lot of fun, but what was more fun was what happened next!

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We went up a few floors and into this large room, where there was a dinner held for us by all the people working on the tour. While we ate, the Mandaue children’s choir gave us a special and incredible performance of some traditional Filipino tribal songs, Christmas songs, and also a wonderful rendition of the Lord’s Prayer. It was truly astounding to listen to, and it was great because afterwards they taught us some of the moves they did in their performance, which was a lot of fun! After that we returned to the hotel and went to bed early, as Friday was to be a concert day.

Friday morning we got up reasonably late and had another filling breakfast in the Shangri-La, after which we went back to that arcade area again before, sadly, having to leave the resort. We were all weeping in our hearts at this, however the hotel we went to next (the Radisson Blu) was also very swanky! We had a big lunch here, followed by a trip to the Waterfront hotel for our second – and, unfortunately our last – concert in the Philippines this tour. Even when we arrived there were fans screaming and waving, and this was a few hours before the concert was to start! The theatre in the hotel was rather large, and it was a great venue for our concert; the stage was all set for us, and it all looked great!

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The concert itself went very well – the audience themselves were absolutely brilliant. Every time there was an announcement we had screaming and cheering and all kinds of noises going on; it was almost like performing at Glastonbury festival! But anyway, it was a very successful concert, and we were glad to hear afterwards at the signing from many fans how much they enjoyed it. When this was over there was a large meal prepared for us in our dressing room, and all the organizers of the tour were there for photos and signings of posters. After all of this was over, we arrived back at the hotel quite late. This was unfortunate, as the next day we had to get up early to leave Cebu, sadly.

Saturday was our last day in the Philippines! The end already? So sad! Anyway, that morning (as aforementioned) we got up early to get on a plane from Cebu back to Manila. When we arrived, we had a lovely, oriental themed lunch and made another quick trip to Balikbayan handicrafts store. Once we had bought all our items, we returned to the hotel for some swimming and other such activities before leaving. This is as far into the day as we are right now, but thank you for supporting us on our tour, and we hope to inform you when we arrive back in London safely!

LIBERA


62 Comments on “PHILIBLOG II

Alana Nuque
29th October 2011 at 11:53 am

Hi! It’s good to hear(actually, read) that you guys had fun here in Cebu. We also enjoyed your stay here immensely and hope you come back soon! My friends and I are big fans and if you don’t know, we even went around SM following you guys! On behalf of my friends, WE LOVE LIBERA! (Yes, we’re those girls who screamed that after the meet and greet on the concert day and the meet and greet on the 27th.) Best wishes!

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ariel salvador Jr
29th October 2011 at 12:31 pm

ahhhh! we will miss you LIBERA. see you soon.. i hope i can go to your concert next year

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adiola
29th October 2011 at 12:48 pm

i attended your manila concert and your performance exceeded my expectations. you were all brilliant! congratulations to all your successes. special thanks to the philippine organizers and sponsors. we hope you’ll come back again next year!

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Natsumi
29th October 2011 at 2:13 pm

I LOVE THIS!! <333333
im soooo glad u guys had soo much fun :DDD

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Landanganon, Kezia Geli-Ma
29th October 2011 at 2:51 pm

Hi Libera !
Your concert last night was very great, i really love it very much. i wish you could come back again next time. God Bless.. 🙂

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Hikari Niwayama
29th October 2011 at 2:56 pm

hello!ヾ(∀`*)
I think you are so tired
Take a break!

I listen your song now( Repeatedl)
I love your song very much.
please come to Japan!!!!!(*・∀-)☆

…sorry(∩Å`)I am very weak in English is written.

Thank you♪ I love you♪(●´Д`人´Д`●)♪

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Gabriel Doulton Muscat
29th October 2011 at 9:25 pm

I really loved reading your blog again! I t was very interesting and very emotional! I understand you leave a place, a sad smile comes in 1st, but I believe that these memories will always be an honor and a very great time! I wish you the best and I love you Libera every second and every time my heart beats!

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athea
30th October 2011 at 2:58 am

Had a really great, awesome week break because of LIBERA!. so happy that you enjoyed your stay in Philippines. Hoping for your coming back in Pines. Have a safe trip. And may you have more concerts to come. Godbless you always.

-secret-

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Denver
30th October 2011 at 8:57 am

I can’t believe the fact that you were in the Philippines for one week yet I wasn’t able to attend any of your events, pity. 🙁 and please oh please! Do come again next year. 🙂

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Dot & John Williams
30th October 2011 at 9:07 am

sounds like you had a great tour. Our thanks to the people in the Phillipines for looking after you so well. A belated happy 17th to Josh. We along with our Great Grandson CJ look forward to seeing you at St Georges on the 25th.

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thelma l. guzman
30th October 2011 at 5:26 pm

hello again, libera! maraming salamat (that’s thank you) on behalf of all your filipinos fans. glad you enjoyed your short stay as much as we did with your beautiful x’mas concerts. we hope you’ll come back soon! maybe you haven’t landed yet in landan but we’re missing you already esp the little ones – oh, hello cassius!!! thank you also to the staff & crew whom i personally met.

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kullitz
30th October 2011 at 5:36 pm

Kamusta? (means How are you?) I’m a big fan of yours and so happy that you enjoyed your stay here in the Philippines. Hoping you will come back next year. God Bless always.

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cee
30th October 2011 at 6:17 pm

be safe Libera!

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cede
30th October 2011 at 8:26 pm

I had a really great time at your concert! It was my very first time to attend one and I’d love to attend more and more concert!!!

I’ll be looking forward to your new songs here in Cebu and I’ll be supporting you all the way guys!!

Thanks for coming and don’t forget to come back, OK?^_^

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Julia
30th October 2011 at 11:06 pm

Great blog! Hmmm… I have guesses on who wrote this:) Anyway, I am glad that you all had such a great time in the Phillippines… Whew, you were so busy! I hope that you are all able to relax now that you are back home. Hope that you guys have a great school week ahead! Thanks again!

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Ricardo Teofilo
31st October 2011 at 12:19 am

So happy you enjoyed your stay here in Cebu, I can’t express the joy of experience such wonderful concert, and you even treated your fans here as a friend. It was I who asked some of the fans at the SM Cebu Meet and Greet to sing Josh a “Happy Birthday”. GOD Bless LIBERA!!!

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john Cyril abucejo
31st October 2011 at 7:25 am

ur always welcome here in the Philippines Libera….. I hope that u will be coming back soon for another concert… Thank u for changing my life also because of u guys I turned into a good shepherd of God….Instead of watching any movies, I diverted my self to listen in ur beautiful sanctus which is one of my favorite song……….. BON VOYAGE…….:) After I graduate.,,,, I promise to visit LONDON to see u again guys……….THANK U SO MUCH.

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Nikki P
31st October 2011 at 7:31 am

AMAZING BLOG!
and it’s really nice that you’ve enjoyed it here in Phil ;D

Please come back next year!! 🙂 i’m hoping to have pics with you guys! and i will definitely get the front row ticket! ;D

i love youuuuu guys! 🙂
take care! xx

[hmmm. i’m guessing that the writer of this blog is among Josh, Ben, Liam and Jonathan! hahaha.]

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Christian Soberano
31st October 2011 at 8:35 am

I hope that we see each other again.

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Illona Trina J. Cesante
31st October 2011 at 11:05 am

Hey, Libera. I just can’t get enough of you. Though your concert in the Phils. is done I just can’t forget all of you. From now on I’ll post everyday in your website and hoping that you’ll come back again. I just miss you guys *cries* and I want to see you again. Hopefully We’ll still be Libera Fanatics, though I know I’m not your biggest fan and I will always support all of you. I really appreciated that Libera’s Concerts 1st priority is to help unfortunate kids all over the world and also I am so moved and inspired that you also helped the very young blessings of our country the filipino kids. I hope you continue your good deeds because I know that God will give back to all of you 10-folds.
Libera: It’s free to dream and dream Big, my Angelic Voices

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Denver
1st November 2011 at 6:13 am

Yey! Already bought The Christmas Album! It’s so nice!

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Abie
1st November 2011 at 8:52 am

We have really enjoyed the concert in PICC last 25th October. I hope there’s 4th time! God bless your group. Kind regards to the old members.

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Em Suazo
2nd November 2011 at 12:57 am

I was very happy to read that Libera enjoyed their short stint in Manila and Cebu. I am a Filipino-Canadian living in Toronto, Ontario and I attended one of your outstanding performances here last spring. It comes to no surprise to me that everywhere Libera goes, they are always very much welcomed and appreciated for their wonderful performances. I am looking forward to getting your Christmas CD and playing it over and over again!

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Marose
2nd November 2011 at 4:26 am

I am so glad you enjoyed your stay here in Cebu. I am such a big fan and I am so happy to have watched your concert. I love you guys and your songs. It’s so amazing. If you were sad to leave Cebu, I, on the other hand, was sad to know that the concert was about to end even you were not leaving yet. But it’s about to end and I know that it would be a long time for me to see you guys again. I was like standing the whole time to watch you clearly. I am like a proud big sister…hahaha..Thank you so much for coming. We hope to see you soon again. I love you guys. God bless!!! 🙂

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Debbye Mateo, Jr.
5th November 2011 at 12:50 pm

For the 2ND TIME, I didn’t make it to your concert.. 🙁
I really wanted to see you guys live.

Come back again here in the Philippines next time.. :))
God bless you all..

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Mandaue Children and Youth Chorus(Cebu)
6th November 2011 at 5:16 am

We would like to thank you for appreciating the songs and culture of the Philippines. We hope you enjoyed your visit here in the Philippines. It was our pleasure to sing and dance for all of you. We also enjoyed your concert in Water Front very much too. We hope your visit ws a memorable one. Our choir master Maestro Dennis Sugarol was glad you liked our performance. We hope you will visit the Philippines soon. 🙂

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Cara
6th November 2011 at 11:02 pm

Thanks again for the brilliant blogs you shared along this tour! I’m glad you all had loads of fun and that your concerts went well. I can’t wait to get my copy of your Christmas album, and I’m sure I’ll drive everyone crazy as I’m listening to it over and over again. Just want to thank you again for sharing your beautiful sound with the world. Please keep doing so, as you inspire so many people (even if they don’t/can’t show it by screaming their appreciation at you, lol). 🙂

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Natsumi
7th November 2011 at 11:16 pm

wow, it seems like u had a great time 😀 i raelly wanted to go to your concert, but i couldnt obviously since i live in USA, but i got to watch teh ASAP performance adn mroe and you guys were brilliant, have a great christmas guys 🙂

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Madeliene
9th November 2011 at 2:22 pm

HI! There’s only one thing I want to tell you guys, YOU ARE ALL SO AWESOME AND GREAT. By the way I attended you concert here in Cebu and I really had a great time watching your concert. You’re all so handsome and cute 😉 How I wish I’ll see you all again. I hope you will have another concert here in Cebu next year ’cause I would really love to see, hear and experience LIBERA again. :))))

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sylvia
11th November 2011 at 11:03 am

I recently discoverd libera and love the music, Now I found your blogs and it is really fun to read about everything that happens from your perspective, really well written by a couple of people. Cant wait till the next one. As soon as I can affort it I’m going to buy ALL your albums. And if you ever come back to the Netherlands I’ll defenitly come to your concert.I’m afraid that my favorit singer won’t be singing in Libera anymore by that time, but you guys are awesome. I hope the concert on the 25 will be on BBC television so we can see it.

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PhiliBen
13th November 2011 at 6:32 am

Hi! :)))

I really admire you guys because of the fact that you enjoyed your stay here at the Philippines and that you savor every single moment while you are here. It is good to hear that you have also made the Philippines as one of your concert/tour hot spots.
Never forget to visit us here. :))
Stay strong and keep safe! 🙂

-Ben Lopez

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Zhang Meng
19th November 2011 at 5:13 am

When will you come to Beijing?I really whant to see Libera in my hometown.Love Libera’s voice!Libera,加油!

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Zhengyi
19th November 2011 at 3:01 pm

Hello,Libera boys.I regret that I didn’t go to your concert because I have to take classes.Although I can not go to your concert,my heart will always be with you.
For another thing ,I really hope that you can come to China .
Best wishes
Zhengyi
2011.11.19

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carmeli
20th November 2011 at 4:43 pm

Hello guys!I would like to congratulate you all for the job well done. I really love the choices and the arrangement of songs,really suited to your angelic voices. Whowow….As young as you, you have that love for classical music.Meaning,you developed discipline within you, that you were able to manage your time in play, in school, and in music activities. Stay committed to your music ministry. Congratulations! You really have that divine gift. I am looking forward for your next visit in the Philippines.Keep on shining Libera!

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Douglas Bell
23rd November 2011 at 10:43 pm

Hello!

Disappointed that I seem to have missed your UK appearance. When will you be touring the UK? In the meantime I will continue to enjoy the wonderful voices on my ipod. Douglas

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Carmeli
24th November 2011 at 6:28 am

Despite the hectic schedules that I have, I will really find time to listen to your songs guys,one by one…With In Dulci Jubilo, I love the touch of pop and classics.Also the Carol of Bells, with the spirit of Christmas and Lent.Perfect!

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Erika Nicole Chiu Corona
30th November 2011 at 3:20 am

Hello guys! I really enjoyed listening to your music and I am looking forward to seeing you guys. i hope someday (maybe next year, i hope) you will be having another concert here in the Philippines and that time, you, too will visit Bohol for at least a tour… Congrats by the way for the success of your concerts! MABUHAY ANG LIBERA! 🙂

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Stev Yi
7th December 2011 at 2:17 am

Great news to hear that Libera is coming to perform in Singapore in Apr 2012. We will definitely support you.

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chelsea
12th December 2011 at 10:00 am

pls have a concert again here in the philippines!!
🙂

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Mary Angela BAltazar
13th December 2011 at 4:45 pm

LIBERA has been part of my life…
I always think of you guys and i might think that I really know you well….(how I wish Its true)////
i’m so happy after reading your blog about your visit here in the Philippines especially in Cebu..
I hope that you will come and visit CEBU Philippines again ///!!!♥♥♥
MABUHAY ang LIBERA!!!!

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bernadette fino
17th December 2011 at 4:09 am

i really hope that you visit here in the Philippines once again .
i’m a big fan of your group.
i really enjoyed listening to your songs such as
Sanctus and Agnus Dei
hope i could see you all personal guys…

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Gabriel Canillas
17th December 2011 at 6:29 am

Thank you so much for coming. Even though me and my other classmates are from the province of Leyte in Philippines, we watched your videos in youtube with the videos captured when you were having the “Meet and Greet” thing. You know, among the bands and music groups in the whole world, your the best. For your songs are peace and calm. Again, thank you and may God bless LIBERA. LIBERA, you’re the best.

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jomar
25th December 2011 at 4:18 am

LIBERA, you’re the best. YOU ARE ALL SO AWESOME AND GREAT. God Bless always. WE LOVE LIBERA!

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Ali
29th December 2011 at 4:26 pm

Libera!!! You guys are one of a kind I never expected you guys to dance with the Cebuanas. I really appreaciate it cause Cebu is a very special place for me, though I don’t live there anymore. thank you for coming here, I hope you guys would come back, I (we) really enjoyed your presence here in our country! MABUHAY LIBERA!!!

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Sherrie
3rd January 2012 at 6:19 pm

I saw this blog post on Libera and I thought it was splendid!
http://thenobleartofmusic.blogspot.com/2012/01/libera-traditional-boys-choir-with.html

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Charlotte
8th January 2012 at 12:55 pm

Hello,guys!I really enjoy listening to your songs.I love the voice.I think you have the most beautiful sound in the world.I really hope you can come to China.Love you!!!

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au
8th January 2012 at 3:14 pm

M so happy to learn u enjoyed in the Philippines.

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Paula Gabriela
13th January 2012 at 3:50 pm

Hello! I really love listening your songs and I am looking forward for new albums more and more amazing! Greetings from Romania and I hope that someday you will have a concert here in my country. God bless you all and take care! Paula Gabriella.

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Courtnie
23rd January 2012 at 6:08 pm

Blessing to Libera!

I was just introduced to your music.
Just before Christmas… I have been enjoying it daily ever since. Your voices move me to tears of joy. I have never felt music resonating inside my soul the way your music does. the adorable little faces behind such big and powerful voice, are a lovely little bonus. My five yrear old son, is just as impressed as I am.

COULD SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME IF THERE ARE PLANS TO COME TO CANADA THIS YEAR? ANYWHERE IN CANADA… AND WE WILL BE THERE!

~~ Lots of love ~~

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Adam Milambiling
24th January 2012 at 5:41 am

Hello to all Libera guys i just love your songs and every time i listen to your music i sing along. your voices sound like angels and when you are on stage you guys light the whole stage making you guys look like angels. i just love that. also i am a fan of yours and i hope sometime that i can come to your concerts and listen to you guys sing that would be amazing. May God bless you all and hope be with you. From Adam Milambiling.

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Owen of Kingston (london)
25th January 2012 at 6:36 pm

I LOVE THAT WORD.. aformentioned.. haha, this blog had ben phillips written all over it.. am i right, or am i right!

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Jan Francis Godisan
29th January 2012 at 6:04 am

It’s so sad that I forgot to buy tickets for your concert. I really wanted to meet you guys and see you perform live. It’s just so unfortunate that at the time you went to the Philippines is actually the busiest for me. (sigh) just hope I could watch your concert some time soon. = >.< =

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ariel jonathan
5th February 2012 at 9:46 am

I really enjoyed your song, i want to hear it live. So i hope next time i can see it. God Bless You LIBERA

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Bam-Bam
9th February 2012 at 6:44 pm

My 2 year old daughter keeps on asking me to play your songs almost every night. She calls you guys “sing bata (kids)”, and imitates your lip movements. Due to her repeated requests, I have to search more of your songs and (alas!) found your website. Now, I’m addicted to your music. It’s so nice to see kids, boys at that, who give so much passion in singing songs of praise. Thank you for being inspirations to the kids of today. God bless you all. Mwah

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Polina Vinivitina
13th February 2012 at 5:41 pm

Hello boys:)
Your voices are so amazing!!!!
I have finished a music school and I really love you, because I sing too. My mother and I want to ask you : are you going to visit Russia, Moscow and give a concert?

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Dean Čačić
14th March 2012 at 5:28 pm

Hi guys you are amaizing your songs come far away even here in croatia. Just keep that way and dont stop with that. Greetengs from Croatia. Dean Čačić

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Moreno
15th March 2012 at 3:34 am

Greetings angels voices, their beautiful melodies come to Brazil bringing peace and light to those who hear them. Will someday we here?

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Brother John
16th March 2012 at 2:30 am

I really enjoyed reading the Blog.
Libera is an Entity in itself. Boys come and go, voices change, quite naturally. And new boys come to participate and to bring new and fresh joy to their loyal fans. Libera is perennial, goes on and on, hopefully for many years to come.
Thank you boys of Libera.

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Malcolm McKay
21st March 2012 at 1:56 pm

Hi guys – I want to buy your music on DVD. I got “Angel Voices in Concert” DVD from Amazon – fabulous! But it seems like it’s the only one you have on offer.
Are there others?
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Ayaka
3rd April 2012 at 7:54 am

Hello, libera.
I love your voices very very much.
And I want you to have concerts not only in Tokyo but also in Osaka.

Thank you for your heavenly songs.

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james jensen
7th April 2012 at 5:22 pm

hi
i been watching some of your concerts on you tube.
are your comming to the us soon

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Lola
22nd June 2012 at 8:59 pm

THE RUSSIANS FANS WILL BE GLAAD, IF YOU COME IN RUSSIA, COOME, PLEEASE COOME!!!

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