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Drummers Meet for Water Repentance

March 23, 2019 | Katrina Mina

Lee Shu Hwei teaches the aspiring drummers of the Water Repentance during their first practice last March 23, 2019. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

Story Highlights

  • Drummers and volunteers met at the Tzu Chi Great Love Campus to discuss and practice the drum performances for next year’s Water Repentance.

  • Volunteers gathered to discuss the progress of each department for the Water Repentance.


Volunteers and guests gathered at the Tzu Chi Great Love Campus (TCGLC) to discuss and practice the drum performance in the much-awaited production of the Water Repentance Performance next year.

Family and friends of Tzu Chi volunteers, entrepreneurs, and students from the Philippine Institute of Quezon City (PIQC) met on March 20 at Tzu Chi Great Love Complex in Sta. Mesa to learn more about the role of the drummers for the “Water Repentance Performance” early next year. They also set theage limit of the drummers to be forty years old and schedules for practices.

Committee head Francis Chua said that the gathering is for the participants to know what the foundation expects from them and vice versa.

“We agreed that they will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday as a start, once they know, then we don’t need to meet as often.” said Chua.

Although hopeful, Chua also acknowledged challenges like ensuring availability and the will of the performers.

“You are working with a group of young kids and they are not always predictable; they might be temperamental. These are the challenges that we will encounter and we will see to it that we guide them all the way,” he added.

The meeting introduced Director Lee Shu Hwei of PIQC as drum instructor. Lee will practice with the performers three times a week before the arrival of the teachers from Taiwan.

“So far, she will be our teacher. We will be having teachers coming from Taiwan, but before they come, we have to start training ourselves and let them do the eliminations.” said Chua.

Coming from Taiwan, Lee teaches classical Chinese music in PIQC. Her students also did a brief demonstration of their drumming skills.

After the first practice of the drummers last March 23, Lee Shu Hwei was positive that the participants can execute it properly with strong guidance and practice.

“With hard work and determination, everyone can learn. They can do it.” said Lee Shu Hwei.

Some of the guests showed enthusiasm in joining as drummers. Businessman Roger Sy, an honorary board member of Tzu Chi Philippines, said he was overjoyed upon learning about the plan to stage the adaptation of Dharma Master Wu Da’s “Water Repentance.”

“When I heard about this Water Repentance [adaptation] and the invitation to do drum performance, I was very happy. I’m very excited and I think this is a very good affinity. But my main reason for joining this is hopefully to be able to create blessings for everyone to be at peace,” said Sy.

Sy likened Tzu Chi to a light that brightened his life. From the day Dharma Master Cheng Yen pinned the honorary board certification ID on his chest, he felt he already found the way. Now, he and his wife vowed to follow the Tzu Chi path forever.

“Here in Tzu Chi, I met a lot of our shixiong, shijie (brothers and sisters) all of the brothers and sisters gave me a lot of support and encouragement. And this time I am joining this Water Repentance, I wish that it will bless the Philippines and all over the world with peace.” he added.

The younger participants were also enthusiastic in joining the drum performance. During the practice, the younger participants easily pick up the lessons and executed the short performances properly.

Krisha Yao said that joining the performance became more meaningful when she learned that it’s a chance for cleansing and repentance. Aside from that, she also picked up important skills like cooperation with her team mates.

“What I learned that is important is to be mindful with the people you’re working with. Because with the beat of the drums, you think you’re going with the beat but you have to be conscious of others beside you. You have to be in sync. So there has to be team work and sensitivity.” she said.

Winnie Co said that she had difficulty reading the notes due to lack of opportunity to formally learn it, but because of teacher Lee Shu Hwei, they were able to learn. Winnie also said that they all need practice, patience and cooperation.

“For me, we really need to practice and give all our heart in what we’re doing for the success of the performance.” she said.

Aside from the meeting and practice for the drum performances, Tzu Chi volunteers also met to discuss about the progress of the Water Repentance stage adaptation in the country.

Sharon Sy said that she’s grateful for the attendance of the volunteers. Sy said that they have been giving orientations to people from different areas; some had met for three times already. She also said that more people have become interested to join as the meetings progressed.

  • Francis Chua – Committee head for the drummers encourage aspiring drummers on the first meeting last March 20, 2019. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Lee Shu Hwei taught the participants the basic beat of the drums. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Students of Philippine Institute of Quezon City (PIQC) performed a drum solo taught by Lee Shu Hwei. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Lee Shu Hwei is an expert in classical Chinese music. She now teaches the subject in PIQC. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Before they play the drums, the participants practice by beating their hands on the table. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Volunteers meet to discuss the progress of the Water Repentance stage adaptation to be held next year. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Volunteer Sharon Sy and Richard Tan spoke during the meeting. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】