Award-winning Broadway artist Lea Salonga, Hollywood actor Lou Diamond Phillips, tenor Rodell Rosel, ballet dancer Christine Rocas, singer Apl.de.ap and a host of other celebrities will come together in the nation's capital for a benefit concert for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
4 April 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Award-winning Broadway artist Lea Salonga, Hollywood actor Lou Diamond Phillips, tenor Rodell Rosel, ballet dancer Christine Rocas, singer Apl.de.ap and a host of other celebrities will come together in the nation's capital for a benefit concert for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The Philippine Embassy said the concert, dubbed “After the Storm,” will be staged at the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts here in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, 15 June 2014.
The concert is being held in cooperation with the US-Philippines Society and the Philippine Humanitarian Coalition and will be directed by Emmy-nominated producer, Robert Pullen.
“This benefit concert intends to bring attention to the invaluable and necessary efforts of recovery for the people of the Philippines who were affected by Haiyan,” said Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., who conceived the project with his wife, Mrs. Maria Victoria Cuisia.
Ambassador Cuisia said the concert, which will take place at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, will benefit storm victims through partner organizations committed to the rebuilding of the devastation that has occurred in the Philippines.
"As the world's attention is gradually drawn away from the devastation in the central Philippines, we are reminded that formidable challenges remain for millions of families displaced by the most powerful tropical storm ever to make landfall,” said Ambassador John F. Maisto, President of the US-Philippines Society.
“The Kennedy Center benefit evening will help those people reconstruct homes and schools, restart businesses, restore livelihoods, and regain access to health facilities,” Ambassador Maisto added.
The evening will include celebrity appearances and performances and feature a symphony orchestra and a 40-person choir. It will also include a series of video messages of hope from celebrities and other personalities from around the world.
Ambassador Cuisia said that among the first to confirm their participation in the concert was the Manila-based Lea Salonga, who won the Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World awards for her appearance in Miss Saigon.
Salonga is the first Asian actress to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in Les Miserables on Broadway. She portrayed both roles on the musical's 10th and 25th anniversary show in London respectively. She also provided the singing voice of two official Disney Princesses: Jasmine in Aladdin (1992), and Fa Mulan in Mulan (1998) and Mulan II (2004).
Also participating in the concert is Filipino-American actor Lou Diamond Phillips who is best known for his breakout starring role in the movie La Bamba as Ritchie Valens. He earned a supporting actor Golden Globe Award nomination for his role in Stand and Deliver and a Tony Award nomination for his role in The King and I. Other notable films in which Phillips has starred include Courage Under Fire, Che, and Love Takes Wing.
Grammy Award-winning artist, Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas will also perform in the concert. The Philippine-born artist, whose real names is Allan Pineda, is known for his philanthropic and humanitarian work through his Apl.de.ap Foundation.
Also performing is Chicago-based tenor, Rodell Rosel, who has been hailed as one of the best young opera singers of his generation. Rosel performs regularly with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and has appeared in several operatic performances around the US. He recently finished a stint at the Sta. Fe Opera in New Mexico and made his debut performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York early this year.
Joining this star-studded cast is Christine Rocas, principal dancer courtesy of Joffrey Ballet. Prior to joining the Joffrey Ballet, Rocas participated and won several prestigious awards from different international ballet competitions.
Tickets, ranging from $25 to $250, will go on-sale starting April 4 and may be purchased online at www.kennedy-center.org or visiting the Kennedy Center box office or charge by phone by calling (202) 467-4600.
There will be sponsorship packages available for corporations and individuals who would like to underwrite the event. For information on sponsorship opportunities and other queries, please email AfterTheStorm@usphilsociety.org or call +1.202.595.2880. ###
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As we remember the less fortunate and victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) during this Holiday season, Monumental Sports, the Washington Wizards and Miami Heat Basketball Teams have generously agreed to host:
“Typhoon Haiyan Support Night”
Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat Basketball Game
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
601 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
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Promo Code: “haiyan”
Since this game may sell out, please promptly order you tickets. The Philippine Embassy representatives will attend and may send a message during game time.
Also, before the game tip-off, the Philippine Humanitarian Coalition (PHC) is hosting a second event – “Professional Network and Benefit Concert" – featuring The Speaks and other local performers.
Venue: Ping Pong Dim Sum
Address: 900 7th St NW, Washington, DC (one block north of the Verizon Center)
$25 per person or $20 per person (if paid before December 31, 2013)
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Dim Sum
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm Concert
5:45 pm – 6:30 pm Pictures and Autographs
There will be a cash bar.
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Maraming Salamat Po. Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon sa Inyong Lahat.
PHC Events Committee
"To assist in the rebuilding of lives, building the future of Philippine communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan”
As teacher Maria Ursula Raymundo stared out at the desert landscape bouncing past, she found herself thinking about where she would have been if her life hadn’t been turned upside-down by a bureaucratic nightmare: On bus duty at the suburban Maryland elementary school where she had taught P.E. for four years.
Photo courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
September 21, 2011
His Excellency Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, III
President of the Republic of the Philippines
Dear President Aquino,
We are 957 Filipinos, whose lives and that of our spouses and young children, have been compromised here in Maryland, USA, by the debarment provision in the settlement agreement between the US Department of Labor (DOL) and our employer, Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS), who was found to be a “willful violator” of the H-1B program. This agreement was publicly announced on July 7, 2011, and became operative on the same day when almost 200 of us received notices from our employer that we would be separated from service when our visas expire this school year. To many of us, this meant an abrupt end to our lawful presence in the United States, and concomitantly, to our livelihood. To all of us, the debarment is unjustly punishing us – the victims.
Our plight must have come to your attention when we first received notice of the DOL findings on April 5, 2011. As beleaguered Filipino citizens, we sought advice and legal counsel from the Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC) and the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. through its labor attaché. However, this initial furor died down on May 5, 2011, when PGCPS gave their word to us that they would continue processing the renewal/extensions of our visas; they actually collected the necessary documents from us. You could only imagine our disappointment and disgust when we were told that we would be losing our jobs on account of our status after PGCPS promised extensions on our visas.
We are writing to you, all 957, to urge you to protect our status, our livelihood, and our lives, in general. In the past months, we have approached the Philippine Embassy for help, for people and organizations in its network that might be able to provide relief and remedies to our situation. We have also linked up with local civic groups and private individuals to help advance our cause through appeals to local officials, information drives, pickets, and rallies. We have listened to a number of lawyers. Individually, we have done the best we could to be able to stay legally in the US. To many of us, going back home to the Philippines is not a choice: We have uprooted our lives and families in the Philippines and have settled here in the United States. Moreover, the speed and precipitousness of the determination did not leave us ample time to prepare to move. Right now, our lives hang in a balance as we try to find relief from the unfair effects of the debarment on the lives of our family members.
As citizens of the Philippines, as part of the overseas workforce that significantly contributes to our country’s economy, as paying members of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), we call on you for any appropriate diplomatic action to defer our present status until after the two-year debarment. We also respectfully urge you for legal assistance funding for the services of a US law firm that will bring the violators to justice and give us, the victims, relief from the effects of the debarment.
Your apt consideration of our urgent appeal will be highly appreciated.
Mabuhay po kayo!
THE FILIPINO TEACHERS OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Maryland
c/o the Pilipino Educators Nework (PEN)
1107 Ivy Club Ln Unit 444
Hyattsville, MD 20785
Carlo B. Parapara