Toronto Community Organizations Unite to Raise Funds for Flood Victims
TORONTO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS UNITE IN CONCERT TO REBUILD PEOPLE’S LIVES
By Edwin C. Mercurio
Various community organizations and concerned Filipino-Canadians have joined hands in hosting the “Unity Concert 2009 :Rebuilding People’s Lives” next month in Toronto, Canada. The project aims to gather groups willing to work together in a collaborative project that would directly benefit the typhoon victims in the Philippines.
Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy ) hit the Philippines at the end of last month, causing widespread damage unseen in the country’s recent history. Agricultural systems and infrastructure in Metro Manila and surrounding areas suffered extensive damage. Many lives were lost, homes destroyed, electricity and clean water are still unavailable in many regions of the country. The lives of four million people had been affected by Typhoon Ketsana alone.
Flood water levels reached a record 20 feet high in worst affected areas at the peak of typhoon Ketsana’s fury. Typhoon Parma (Pepeng), another tropical storm also hit the Northern part of the Philippines after Ketsana causing rising flood waters, landslides and further damage. Filipinos need help desperately and the large Filipino community and various organizations in Ontario have responded to their cry for help.
The unity concert aims to harness the great compassion, desire to help and community building capacity of various organizations in the urgent task of helping rebuild the lives of those hard hit by Typhoons Ketsana and Pepeng in the Philippines.
“Unity Concert: Rebuilding People’s Lives 2009”, will be held on December 13, 2009 at the University of Toronto, MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen's Park in downtown Toronto.
The concert will showcase the musical talents of Filipino artists in the GTA. It is a three-hour musical extravaganza showcasing: Guest performer Ma-Anne Dionisio, best known for her role of Kim in the Canadian production of "Miss Saigon." ; professional and popular accomplished Filipino singers: Lilac Cana, Emilio Zarris, Karen Tan, Josie De Leon, Vonnie Beltran, Chyrell Samson, Jiva Andola, Belinda Corpuz, Levy Abad Jr. John Flores, Cast of Angels, Melodious Vibes, Panyolito, Philippine Heritage Band, Myk Miranda and Santa Gerilla, Out of Luck and Da Barkadas and Ajay Recana. Over-all directors will be Karen Tan and Randy Muerre with segments coordinators Tess Toralba and Paulina Corpuz.
The following organizations have confirmed their participation with the organizing committee: Community Alliance for Social Justice, Kababayan Community Centre, PHILUSCAN INTERNATIONAL REALTY INC., Central Philippine University Alumni Association - GTA Chapter, Kapisanan Philippine Center, Filipino Migrant Workers Movement, Philippine Press Club-Ontario (PPCO); Philippine Advocacy Through Arts and Culture (PATAC), Silayan Community Centre, Philippine Heritage Band, Santaginians, Ontario Silliman University Alumni Association (ONSUAA), Canadian Aid Relief Project; Joy of the Lord; Philippine Independence Day Council; Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life and various regional, religious and alumni associations.
Concert organizers have identified the Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC) as its main administrator for the funds in the Philippines. CDRC is a 25-year old organization respected nationally and internationally for its integrity and accountability in terms of ensuring that relief goods and donated funds go directly to the most vulnerable among the disaster victims. It is recognized by the United Nations and various disaster relief and rehabilitation organizations throughout the world.
Organizations and individuals are welcome to join the project and participate actively in preparations for the concert.
For more information call Ben Corpuz at (416) 886-8921, Hermie Garcia at (416) 461-8694, Edwin Mercurio at 416-493-7884 . For further inquiries, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.