Members of the Life Connection Church
Charity extravaganza for Haiyan survivors a huge success ‘Music for a Mission’ raised KD 4,644.950

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 30: Over a thousand Filipinos as well as other expatriates trooped to the Qadsiya Gym in Hawally on Friday to support the “Music for a Mission,” the biggest charity event of the year mounted by various Filipino organisations and religious congregations in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait. The programme offered a day of prayer, praise and charity for the survivors of Tyhoon “Yolanda” (International codename Haiyan) that hit Central Philippines on Nov 8 killing over 5,500 people, displaced more than 3.5 million people while 1,757 people are still missing. The event kicked off with an ecumenical service in the morning whereby representatives of various religious denominations took centre stage for prayer and songs of praise. The ecumenical service was followed by a programme hosted by Ben Garcia (Filipino Panorama Editor), Ricky Laxa (GMA-7 Stringer & Morning Talk Host) and Maxxy Santiago (ABS-CBN Kuwait Correspondent) that featured songs, dances and a talent showcase from 12 noon to 5 pm.

“The Music for a Mission aims at raising funds to help rebuild the lives of the typhoon survivors in the Philippines. On behalf of the organising committee, I would like to thank all the donors and sponsors and everyone who came today for your overwhelming support,” stated Pastor Allan P. Dytianquin, Lead Pastor of the Life Connection Church, Kuwait, who convened other religious leaders for the charity event. Present also were Pastor Tim and other religious leaders. Philippine Consul General Atty Raul Dado and spouse Chelsie Magallanes as well as Labour Attache Atty Cesar Chavez were also spotted during the event. The variety show opened with the video footages of the massive destruction wrought by the super typhoon followed by an interpretative solo dance performed by Rhejs of the Filipino Cultural Club (FCC). For the opening song, Jorena Perez of the Samahang Pilipino Mang-aawit sa Kuwait (SPMK) sang “Pagbangon” as students of the New Kuwait Philippines International School (NKPIS) performed a captivating hand mime.

The opening salvo was followed by a string of performances from talented Filipino singers namely Mark Lopez, Philippine Bossa Nova Queen of Kuwait Rowena Tinio, Karen Siemers, Kris Zarcal, Rob Martinez and Abby Dado. Some NKPIS students also sang a medley of inspirational songs to the delight of the audience while the SPMK rendered “Heal the World.” The FCC dancers performed a bombastic modern- cultural dance fusion that earned a thunderous applause from the audience while talented siblings, Tim, Hannah and Ephraim Dytianquin serenaded the audience with their mellifluous voices. The Pinoy Talents Q8 kids showcased their singing and dancing prowess while the KFMO kids did a retro-dance during the show.

The audience broke into cheers when the KFMO male dance group performed the traditional Arabic dance followed by the awesome beatbox number by Mishal. Rap and rock fans also had their share of the repertoire with the performance of Pobreng Rapper and the Lilium Band. Several award-winning singers also graced the occasion namely Jumel Carvajal, Kathrina Perea and Hazel Mae Ursais. Along with the programme, a charity bazaar was also held, where participating organisations and donors sold a wide array of items from clothes, bags, jewelry, accessories to food and many more. Clothes courtesy of Centrepoint by the Landmark Group were out in sale. Items such as paintings courtesy of the MAKULAY Filipino Artist Guild in Kuwait and a pair of brand new Louis Vuitton shoes donated by Mr Anton were up for auction. Volunteer nurses and the First Response group were also there to take the blood pressure and blood sugar of some of the attendees during the programme while the Al-Rawan Al Salmiya Ladies Salon owned by Farida Al-Halimi provided beauty services to the guests and all the proceeds were donated to the typhoon survivors. Beauty Expert and Consultant Mel Marquez showcased some of the accessories made by the wards at the Filipino Workers Resource Centre (FWRC) during their bead classes. Officers and members of the Kuwait Filipino Mothers Organization also came in full force to help while the Lightbenders Photography Group displayed some photos for sale.

Representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Paola Perinetti and Coordinator of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society Iman Haidar set up a table to help trace the missing relatives of Filipinos in Kuwait whose areas were hit by the super typhoon. The organising committee expressed its heartfelt thanks to the Landmark Group, Special Events, Isbre Water, Global Vision/TFC and all the donors for the huge success of the event that has raised KD 4,644.950 (P715,322) that was sent directly to the Sagip Kapamilya Foundation, Kapuso Foundation, LCC in the Philippines, Caritas Manila for the typhoon survivors and the Divine Mercy Church in Iloilo City for its rebuilding. The charity event was capped by a community singing of Christmas Carols and a closing prayer led by Pastor Gil Bantugan.

By: Michelle Fe Santiago Arab Times Staff

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