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Filipino cultural dancers were among the many performers at the Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Concert.
Filipino cultural dancers were among the many performers at the Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Concert.

Funds raised for typhoon relief through benefit concert


Friday, December 27th, 2013
Issue 52, Volume 17.
Paul Bandong
Staff Writer


Over 250 people showed up to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment and food and to support a benefit concert for typhoon relief in the Philippines on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center at Ronald Reagan Park in Temecula.

Ten vendors also set up booths in support of the event. The event raised $3000 but organizers are hoping for more donations.

"We really appreciated everybody – participants, donors, sponsors, community members – who came to support the typhoon relief effort," said one of the event organizers, Marie Waite of IVBCF. "It is so hard to imagine the magnitude of this disaster and what they are going through."

The recent typhoon was one of the worst recorded storms in history, killing thousands and leaving millions homeless and affecting millions more. Worldwide, organizations are reaching out to help.

The event was organized by My Haus Filipino Bakery and Restaurant and the Filipino Cultural Center of Temecula, Inc.

Attendees were treated to performances by several local bands, comedians, dance groups, martial artists as well as an introduction to Filipino culture through various performers and food vendors.

The afternoon’s performers featured local bands Crash Course 101 (San Diego), The Side Effects (Murrieta), The Pacers (Murrieta) Musicali (Moreno Valley), Claude Salomi (Murrieta), and Ikaw na Bossing Advertisement
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(Murrieta).

Also performing were Adrei Ativo (Moreno Valley), Duane "AJ" Jackson (Fallbrook), Anna Villanda (Murrieta), Leon and Kiana Guico (Murrieta).

Comedians Cory Clarke and Chanelle brought levity and laughter.

The Great Oak Hip Hop Dance Group performed as well as dancers from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio and local Filipino cultural dance groups.

Vendors participating included Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, My Haus Restaurant & Bakery, Miche (Barry and Avis Stuart-Board), PST Gear, Nerium (Arnold and Maria Guico), Juice Plus (Tim and Linda Meyers), Pho Dalat Restaurant, New Hope Orange County, Rise Solutions, Inc., among many others.

A number of local businesses and individuals donated items for the silent auction Loma Linda Medical Center, Chiropractor Dr. Anthony Becerra, DJ Entertainment, Moxie4You, Xtreme Beauty, Attorneys Jonathan Preston and Diang Singleton, Ed Batto (moving company), Ronnie Taniguchi (massage), and Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORSÒ.

"The devastation is unimaginable and the plight of the people is desperate," said Pastor Ren Sabio of the Filipino Cultural Center. "We are very fortunate and very blessed here in this country. Donations – of any size – from people here can give some hope to survivors there."

Donations are still being accepted. Contact Pastor Ren Sabio at rensabio@gmail.com, Filipino Cultural Center of Temecula, Marie Waite at mariewaite@IVBCF.com, or JP Cariaga at (951) 522-8013.


 

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