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Muscat: MCCP 20th Year Celebrations Off to Glorious Start

Muscat: MCCP 20th Year Celebrations Off to Glorious Start

Report: Clarence Pinto
Pics: Dilip Correa
Daijiworld Media Network - Muscat

Muscat, Aug 20: It was a grand commencement of the glorious 20th year celebrations of a great Konkani organization in Oman, the MCCP or Mangalorean Catholic Centre of the Parish (Sts Peter and Paul Church, Ruwi). From start to the end, each and every item of the programme was perfectly planned and presented to the audience; ultimately receiving tremendous applauds of appreciation and gratitude.

The MCCP staged a phenomenal programme under the able leadership of the new president, Stanley T H Fernandes and his new executive team of Eulalia Pinto, Lawrence Alva, Prescilla Menezes, Benedict Pereira, Wilson Mark D Souza, Ambrose Ivan Moras, Prem Colaco, Mariete Fernandes, Ophilia Lazarus, thus entering the 20th year of splendid presence in Oman in style and grandeur. The tremendous efforts by each member of the new executive committee and their supporters were clearly visible throughout the spiritual Holy Mass and enthralling entertaining programme.

First and foremost, to seek the Heavenly Father’s choicest blessings on the forthcoming year and specially, thank Him for his graces during the past 19 years, a Holy Mass in Konkani was offered by Fr Albert D'Silva, OFM Cap at 10.30 am in the main parish hall. Apolinaris D Souza, one of the finest Konkani music composer, choir leader and singer, led the choir team to present many spirit filled and inspirational new hymns.

The choir was perfect blend of great voices of the community members and the participated singers were Victoria Soares, Dolphy Vaz, Nirmala Goveas, Anitha Lobo, Oswald D Souza, Ronald Lobo, Vivian Fernandes, Flavia D Souza, Reena Lobo, Valerian Peres, Freeda Soares, Lancy Sequeira, Jacintha Serrao, Jacintha Castelino and Philomena Saldhana. The music support was given by Larissa Rego, a young talent of the Mangalorean Community. The holy readings and announcements were presented by Stanley T H Fernandes, Eula Pinto, Benedict Pereira, Lawrence Alva, Wilson D’ Souza and Mariette Fernandes. The offertory procession was performed Mrs and Mr Denis Alva, Mrs and Mr Joseph Rodrigues, Mrs and Mr Cletus Tauro, Mrs and Mr Stany Menezes, Mrs and Mr Robert Vas and Mrs and Mr Stany Freeda Soares.

The cultural programme commenced at around noon with the presentation of legendary MCCP anthem ‘Parameshwara’ in the form of classical dance which was choreographed by Prescilla Menezes, an award winning dance performer of the community and trained classical dancer. It was presented by Shanon Simon D'souza, Shaina Simon D'Souza, Phiyola Celestin D'Souza, Vihan Pereira, Aldin Vivin D'Souza, Pearl Menezes, Adriana Clarissa Noronha, Marlin D'Cruz and Vivian Monis. The song was sung by well known singers of the community.

Clarence Pinto was the master of ceremony and introduced the following executive committee of the year 2011 - 2012 to the audience:

President Stanislaus Fernandes

Vice-president sports and finance Eulalia Pinto

Vice-president - cultural, spiritual and community services, Lawrence Alva

General secretary Prescilla Menezes

honourary rreasurer Benedict Pereira

Internal auditor Wilson Mark D Souza

Cultural secretary Ambrose Ivan Moras

Sports secretary Prem Colaco

Spiritual secretary Mariete P. N. Fernandes

Community services secretary Ophilia Lazarus

Fr Albert D Silva, parish priest of Holy Spirit Church Ghala and spiritual advisor of MCCP was the chief guest. Past president of MCCP Oswald Soares and vice-president of Pastoral Council of Sts. Peter and Paul Church - Ruwi, Glen Gonsalves were the guests of honour. They were honoured with bouquets.

The annual theme of the 20th year 'Together for stronger community' was launched with a new logo for the year. In his address Fr Albert D Silva expressed his joy of seeing the progress in MCCP and entering into a glorious celebrations of 20th year. Stanley Fernandes in his president’s address, expressed gratitude of his executive committee to all the supporters and well wishers. Stanley Fernandes presented floral bouquet to the sponsors of the program.

A ceremony to honour the meritorious students of the community was conducted by Prem Colaco and Lawrence Alva. The students of X standard were Kimberly Dias, Chrystle Mascarenhas, Shannon D Souza, Rachel Fernandes, Beverly Quadros, Anush Denzil Almeida, Gretel Misquith, Aubrey Mendonca, and 12th standard were Joylin Gonsalves, Tanya Pinto, Janice Vaz, Cheryl Fernandes and Karen Rego

Marie Fernandes representing Oman in the forthcoming World Scrabble Competition was honoured and felicitated by the community.

Cultural programmes began with a presentation of a brand new song composed by Apolinaris D Souza titled ‘Bindaas’ and sung by Oswald D Souza, Ronald Lobo, Vivian Fernandes, Victoria Soares, Nirmala Goveas and Reena Lobo.

Action replay of the songs of 90s, a medley dance titled Neson Kirgi Baazu which was choreographed Sonia D'Souza, known as the Saroj Khan of Muscat and presented by Alston Moras, Megan D'Souza, Shaina Rebello, Shawn D'Silva, Lenita Lobo, DAN Lobo, Ralitsa Correa Vijeth D Mello. Few years ago the same dance sequence was presented by the parents of the children who had presented the dance this day.

Young and talented kids of Ghala Parish, Chelsea D'Sa, Melina Goveas, Liza D'Sa, Rebecca Pinto, Meurel D'Souza and Stacy Vaz, presented a dance number Rabba Rabba. This enthralling dance was choreographed by Glenda Castelino, a talented choreographer of the Ghala parish.

Rib tickling comedy “Kistuchim Karbaram’ was then performed by Konkani Kalakars of Muscat - Lancy Kelarai, Deepak Bendur, Olwin Kokkada and Flavy Bajpe

New and multitalented choreographer of the Mangalorean Community, Zeena Lobo made a beautiful presentation of a dance number with her team having Hanson D'souza, Reshma De Souza, Clarence Lobo, Smitha Dias, Olvin Dias, Philomena Moras and Brian Monis

One more scintillating dance performance - Yea Nari Yea, by celebrated choreographer Sonia D Souza was performed by the teens of the community and they were Melanie Crasta, Dean D'souza, Caroline Dsouza, Saurav Rebello, Amanda Pinto, Marlin D Cruz, Bertyl Noronha and Shervin D'silva

Vote of thanks was proposed Ophilia Lazarus - Community Services Secretary thanking everyone who supported for the success of the event.

Sumptuous and traditional lunch with dukra maas (Pork Bafat) was prepared by Alwyn Saldhana of Al Arsalan Restaurant and enjoyed by everyone member. The lunch arrangements were supervised by Donald Pinto, past president of MCCP.

Before concluding the event, a bonanza was conducted Prem Colaco, Benedict Pereira and Eula Pinto.

The mega sponsors of the year were Bank Muscat SAOG and Ronald Colaco and family - Dubai. The main sponsors were Leo Quadros - Addhia Trading and Contracting Co LLC - Oman and Canterbury Castles - Bangalore, Omantel SAOG, Ligory D'Mello and Family - Technofit LLC, Muscat Pharmacy and Stores LLC, Clifford Sanctis and family - Hydrotec International Co LLC. The co-sponsors were National Bank of Oman, Denis Mascarenhas and fly - Prestige Projects and Engineering Supplies Co LLC, Michael Pinto - Ideal Tailors LLC, James Mendonca and family - Dubai, Leo Rodrigues and family - Abu Dhabi and Daniel Fernandes and family.

The event sponsors were Bangalore International Placement Services, Omasco (Courtesy : Wilson Pinto), Khimji Furniture Mart (Courtesy : Henry Martis), Oman Construction Materials Co, Kuria Muria Trading Co, Haridas Jivraj and Co, Intisar Coorporation (All of these sponsors - courtesy Henry Rodrigues), Assarain Foods (Courtesy : Simon D'Souza), British Telecom (Courtesy : Unni); National Mineral Water (Courtesy : Philip Chacko and Tony Erickswamy), Oman Refreshment Co SAOG (Courtesy : John D Souza); Raphael Quadros - Zahrat Al Rawdha Trading; Glen Gonsalves and Alex Aranha.


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  • Maxim menezes & family, Sagar - Bangalore

    Mon, Aug 22 2011

    Congratulations dear Prescilla & all the members of MCCP, awesome to see the pics of your programme & nicely arranged by your team.

    I am remembering our younger days to do all these kind of programmes in our parish, but still you are young & energetic to do all kind of programmes, proud to be Christians of Mangalorens, origin in Muscat, keep it up.

    Congratulation dear Phiyola & team, I am happy to see you in dancing, keep it up & God bless you.

    Beautifully decorated hall & stage, congratulations Mr. Acqui Menezes & others, hope you enjoyed & remembered your olden days to do these things without sleep.

    Once again congratulation & all the best to entire committe. God belss you all.

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  • Nancy Memezes, Milar, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 21 2011

    Congratulations to all MCCP members of Muscut on your 20th year celebrations. the hard work and dedication can be seen behind this programme. All the best to one and all, precie you have done it and keep it up.

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  • James mendonca., Dubai/Vamanjoor Padav.

    Sun, Aug 21 2011

    Congratulations and best wishes to MCCP president Mr. Stany Fernandes and the executive committee members. I am sure you will have many events to year-mark the 20th anniversary. Good luck and God Bless you all.

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  • R.Pinto, bondel/Muscat

    Sun, Aug 21 2011

    Dear Dattu & Team,
    Good job.You and your team will bring the 20th Year closer to all MANGALOREANS.
    wishes to all those ex-members who have worked hard for past 19years.

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  • Samuel D'Silva & Fmly, Brahmavar / Muscat

    Sun, Aug 21 2011

    Congratulations Dattu & his wonderful team for making the day a memorable one for all the MCCP members. An awesome opening of MCCP's 20th year.
    The whole program was so well organised and the credit must go to all the committee members & those who have helped them behind the screen. Great team work. Keep it up. Excellent time management. Beautifully decorated hall. Clarence was great as always on the stage with Apoot Amchi Konkani. Thrilling dance items by the kids, Beautifully Choreographed. All the best Dattu (Stanybab) & the whole committee. God bless you all.

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  • A.Lobo, Milagares/Muscat

    Sun, Aug 21 2011

    To the entire team of MCCP.
    It was one of the most methodic events i have ever attended.
    Good decoration,Colors.Well timed food and cultural groups with fantastic dance items.
    I had a good time.
    Wishing all the best for mangalorean community.

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  • Gerry D'Mello & fly, Bendur / Canada

    Sat, Aug 20 2011

    Undoubtedly MCCP is a very precious gift from God not only for the Mangalorean diaspora in Oman but also for the entire Konkani World at large. Kudos to the past presidents and their respective committee members for their great sacrifices and untiring efforts in bringing MCCP into the glorious 20th Anniversary celebration.

    Hats off to the incumbent President our beloved Dhattu Stanley Fernandes and his ever-energetic team for shouldering this great responsibility in serving the community. We wish and pray Almighty God to shower Choicest Blessings upon them and on every member of the association.

    We are grateful to Clarence Pinto and Dilip Correa for their outstanding coverage that we really cherished reading/viewing from other side of the globe.

    Long live MCCP!

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  • Antony Fernandes, Mangalore / New Jersey / USA

    Sat, Aug 20 2011

    Congratulations Stanyab. You are there right from day one of this association. So, your 20 years experience will help MCCP for great achievements this year. Have great time throughout the year.
    Antony (Ex Suhail Bahwan Group Holdings HO)

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  • AUSTIN GOVEAS , Bejai/ Sydney. Australia

    Sat, Aug 20 2011

    Well said Norbert Durrrr....aa, & maxy, hope u too missing a lot of activities like cricket & volley ball. I too wish MCCP a best of luck in your future endevours. since u stepping into the 20th year may god bless his choiest blessing and keep the amazing spirit. Nice to see all the old friends. All the very best to the new utive committee under the leadership of stany dattu.
    Austin Goveas, Bejai-Sydney, Australia.

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  • Norbert Saldanha, Mangalore / Manchester / Uk

    Sat, Aug 20 2011

    Keep it up MCCP under the leadership of Mr Stanybab. I am sure under his leadership everything will go very well. Best wishes.From Norbert Saldanha ( Ex Bhawan Toyota ) Manchester UK

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  • Dr Maxim / Julie D'Costa, Aberdeen, UK

    Sat, Aug 20 2011

    Congratulations to all MCCP members in Muscat, as you enter into your 20th successful year of great spiritual , cultural and sports activities. All the best to new committee ( very good mixture of old and new faces), and we are sure under the leadership of Dattu, you will see another very very successful year , filled with lot of fun, and programmes. We sorely miss MCCP.

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