BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — Never too old for “Toyang.”Sad. Actors, dancing, 20-year old pop tunes, Whoopi Goldberg, Abba....ABBA??? I mean, I know Jesus told us that we can call God "Abba", but I doubt He'd go for a bunch of nuns dancing to Abba tunes around an altar.
Catholic nuns on Saturday night danced to this Eraserheads hit inside Baguio Cathedral as part of a vocational drive to recruit new blood.
“There is a dwindling [number] of [entrants] through the years. But because of this, we might be able to get recruits,” Sr. Eva Vargas of the Villa Milagrosa Convent told the Inquirer.
About 30 nuns, aged between 25 and 80 years and who came from different Catholic congregations, danced at the altar before more than 100 churchgoers to the tune of “Toyang,” a hit among the youth in the 1990s.
The song, released in 1993 by the band Eraserheads, talked about a young man’s wish to be with a simple girl.
Joining the nuns was a group of actors who depicted how parents instill values among their children.
“The family is beset with problems. We think that discussion about vocation should start in the family,” Vargas said.
New members needed
She said they wanted to reach out to young women so the program would be brought to the city’s Catholic parishes and universities.
“We danced to ‘Toyang’ because the song is very popular among the youth. This will call their attention,” Vargas said.
The nuns also danced to “I Will Follow Him,” which became a household tune courtesy of the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg starrer “Sister Act,” to Abba’s “I Have a Dream,” and “Our Mission,” a composition by Fr. Carlo Magno Marcelo of the San Carlos Seminary here.
Vargas said 10 more performances were scheduled in Catholic churches and universities here until Feb. 7. The nuns will be joined by child performers and dancers as they tour the community.
If more vocations result of this program, then more power to them. But only 100 church-goers? Color me doubtful.
We can be grateful that there is no YouTube video of these shenanigans. I'm not sure I could handle 80-year old nuns shakin' it, you know what I'm saying?
I just hope the CRONES don't pick up on this. It's bad enough seeing pictures of them pretending to be a priest - watching them juking and jiving could be the one thing that would swear me off the Internet forever.