PRESS RELEASES: Broadway Stars Join the Bayanihan for Ondoy Victims Disaster Relief

Halo-halo cabaret
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
01 October 2009

Reference: Anne Beryl Corotan, Chairperson, Sandiwa National Alliance of Filipino American Youth, sandiwa.national@gmail.com

Broadway Stars Join the Bayanihan for Ondoy Victims Disaster Relief

Bayanihan. There is no other word that can describe the harmony of relief operations towards the victims of the most recent calamity that hit the Philippines last September 26, 2009. In a matter of 6 hours, Typhoon Ondoy displaced over 300,000 families in Northern Luzon with its month’s worth of rainfall.

In United States as early as Saturday night, SanDiwa National Alliance of Filipino American Youth and its mother alliance, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), with member organizations in over 13 major states in the United States of America, propelled the machinery for a quick response and a nationwide campaign “Bayanihan for Typhoon Ondoy Disaster Relief.” By Sunday, monetary and in kind donations began to pour in the drop off centers nationwide in response to the official website and press release launched in the web.

Among the more than a thousand hits on the website, Tess Paras, a Filipina actress browsed through the bayanihan4ondoy webpage as she seeks to help the Philippines from abroad. “Being here, I wanted to do something, and since we already have a strong group of performers in New York, we felt that with our talents, we can come together to help. Luckily, the Triad Theatre was generous to lend the space, so we immediately coordinated with NAFCON, and we made the Halo Halo Cabaret possible this weekend,” stated Paras who also visited the drop-off site in the Northeast region at the Bayanihan community center in New York.

Halo Halo Cabaret is a variety of musical and comedy show to be held at the Triad Theatre (158 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023-3320) on October 3 at 9 PM. Featuring Broadway performers Albert Guerzon of “Mamma Mia,” J. Elaine Marcos of “A Chorus Line,” Jason Ostrowski of “Company,” Erin Quil of “Avenue Q,” and Ester Barroso of West End “Miss Saigon.” Spoken word artist, Raymond Batkay, jazz pianist, Christian Almiron and Akiko Hiroshima of HappyFunSmile will also grace the stage. The night will be hosted by Ryan Willard of “Nickelodeon” and Tess Paras of “Broadway Backwards.”

The fundraising event is generously priced $10 at the door and all proceeds will be donated to NAFCON/SanDiwa’s Bayanihan Typhoon-Ondoy Disaster Relief program. The recipient in the Philippines will be Migrante International, an alliance of Filipino migrant organizations with chapters in Europe, Asia, US, Canada, Middle East and Australia. Migrante is currently facilitating relief efforts in different communities and regions affected by typhoon Ondoy, while also seeking efforts to help migrants in looking for missing relatives.

“If not able to donate or come to the event, I encourage people to give an hour of their time to stop by the Bayanihan community center and continue helping even beyond the relief efforts and support the programs that help the community here and back home on a daily basis,” ended Paras.

To monitor updates, other events and for more information, please visit http://bayanihan4ondoy.wordpress.com. Drop off center for the North East region will be at NAFCON and SanDiwa’s National Office, the BAYANIHAN Filipino Community Center, 40-21 69th Street, Woodside NY 11377. Please call Anne Beryl (516) 9011832 or email at sandiwa.national@gmail.com. ###

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