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Toronto Singers and Youth Musicians Hold Concert for Hiyan Flood Victims.
By Edwin C. Mercurio
Toronto, Canada - Ethan Rayne Harvey, a grade 8 scholarship recipient of a school for gifted children in Gananoque, Ontario not only excels in many of his academic subjects, he has also garnered top awards in school marathons and music competitions. When his Filipino mom Yona Mae Mercurio Harvey, a Mass Communication graduate of University of the Philippines, Baguio City convinced him to volunteer his skills in piano, he gladly accepted the offer knowing that it will help many Filipino children who lost parents, siblings and their homes in the recent Yolanda super typhoon last Dember 8
Ethan Rayne plays piano as a busker during Summer in the vicinity of Kingston's Subway restaurant and had been featured in YouTube videos by tourists while playing "Secrets" by One Republic, Malaguena and other pieces. He is also saving his income as a 13 year old for his plan to do missionary work in some parts of the world.
There are many second and third generation Filipino-Canadians who heeded the call to volunteer their time, effort and talents to this worthy endeavour.
Toronto-based Philippine Advancement Thru Arts and Culture (PATAC). PATAC invites people living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to come and enjoy an afternoon of music played by young people to raise funds for the recent flood victims of Typhoon Hiyan and two other natural disasters. These three disasters have affected the lives of Philippine citizens, majority of whom were children.
Ben Corpuz of PATAC said there were many who volunteered to play at the concert this December 2i, on Saturday this week the slot were immediately filled up that PATAC is considering holding another concert next year to accommodate other performers..
An estimated ten thousand (10,000) people or more have died in the worst typhoon that hit Tacloban City, capital of Leyte, Samar, Panay, Palawan Islands and many parts of Eastern Visayas last December 8. Many children, are dying even today due to water borne diseases, the lack of safe and potable drinking water, medications and immediate aid. PATAC in collaboration with the Philippine Independence Day Council (PIDC) and the Filipino Christian Fellowship presents "Paskong Handog 2013" Paglingap at Pagbangon - A Christmas Gift 2013: Caring and Rebuilding. The concert will be held at Cummer Avenue United Church located at 53 Cummer Avenue, Toronto from 2:00 - 5:00 P.M. on Saturday December 21, 2013. Tickets are available for $15.00 and proceeds will go to fund relief and rehabilitation thru the Citizens Disaster Response Centre (CDRC).
CDRC"is a non-government organization that pioneered and continues to promote community-based disaster management in the Philippines. CDRC operates nationwide through a network of regional centers affiliated with the Citizens’ Disaster Response Network and through people’s organizations."
Performers in the December 21 benefit Concert in Toronto include Chyrell Samson, Southeast Cartel, Belinda Corpuz, Malcolm Conner, Sam Gleason, PIDC Ambassadors of Goodwill, Ethan Rayne Mercurio Harvey, Tommy Gessell, Angelica Dancel, Cresny Lorenzo, Binnadang/iWWorkers Cultural Group, BCNHS Dance Group, PATAC Children Performers, Chelsey de Castro, Gilbert Parreno, Elyka Ampioco, Ria Papa and Britney Wayto.***