‘Yolanda’ two weeks on: The fundraising continues

[caption id="attachment_49015" align="alignright" width="244"] Barbie (Photo from SmartBro)[/caption]

Barbie (Photo from SmartBro)

A number of big companies in the Philippines have done their part in not just donating money and goods to help out the survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda,” but also in raising more funds. In the same breath, local musicians have also been generous in sharing their talent to drum up more support from their fans.

Davao Calling

Smart Communications, Inc., continues its efforts to this day, banking on its subsidiary, Smart Broadband, Inc. (SmartBro).  In fact, they have partnered with TV5’s Alagang Kapatid Foundation to put together the SmartBro Live and Loud concert, slated on Nov. 23 in Davao.

Featuring Barbie Almalbis and Rico Blanco, the concert will be a collection point for cash donations and good like clothes, blankets, food, medicines and the likes that donors can bring to Matina Town Square Pavilion beginning 6 p.m. on Saturday.

More, an auction of rock memorabilia aims to raise more money during the event. Concert attendees may bid on Smart Bro devices as well as an acoustic guitar and dress worn by Barbie in one of her band Barbie’s Cradle’s music video; a premium wristwatch from Rico; and a classy jacket from Raimund Marasigan. One hundred percent of the auction proceeds will be remitted to Alagang Kapatid Foundation.

Those who are not able to attend, including Manila-based fans and even those living outside the country, can still make donations through HelpPH (help.ph). Donations ranging from P5, P10, P25, P100, P300, P500 and even P1000 can be sent by texting HELPPH AMOUNT to 5333 using Smart, Talk ‘N Text and Sun Cellular.

HelpPH is a global donation campaign for aid and relief for “Yolanda” survivors organized by the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation.

[caption id="attachment_49019" align="aligncenter" width="648"] From left: Nina, Joey Generoso (showbizportal.com), Rico Blanco[/caption]

From left: Nina, Joey Generoso (showbizportal.com), Rico Blanco

Music to the rescue

Other musicians are also pooling together their efforts and doing their part . On Wednesday, Nov. 27, the NBC Tent in Bonifacio Global City will play venue to “Music That Moves: A benefit concert for the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.” The concert will run from 2 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.

The devastation wrought by the super typhoon has been chronicled in news reports and on social media, and it is the grief and suffering of those affected that pushed the concert organizers to spearhead this activity. Indeed, what better way to soothe the anguished soul than by music?

“We see all these suffering families, depictions of horror and tragedy, and at the same time we see all these families helping out and doing what they can to reach out and do something... depictions of heroism and love. We just wanted to do our part,” says one of the organizers.

The benefit concert has gotten commitments from artists such as Bayang Barrios & Mike Villegas, Bituin Escalante, Joey Generoso of Side A, Nina and, also, Barbie Almalbis; as well as bands like Color It Red, Razorback and Imago.  For those with varied taste in music, the concert also features acts from an assortment of genres like Blue Jean Junkies, Human Folk, Mr. Bones & the Boneyard Circus, Noli Aurillo & Jay Ortega, The Ukulele Ensemble Philippines and many others.

A minimum donation of P250 will be charged at the entrance, but attendees may always give more.  Proceeds will be turned over to the Philippine Red Cross.