By Violi Calvert
The children at the Childreamers day care at Tondo, Manila, Philippines led by their teacher Remy Cabello, have expressed their appreciation of the money donated to the day care by Radio Tagumpay’s 2016 Inspire Concert.
The concert which was held on September 25 raised funds for Childreamers, Grameen Australia and Triple H 100.1FM.
From the proceeds of the concert, $2450 [equivalent to P89,425] was donated to Childreamers. In addition, interest resulting from the concert also encouraged direct donation of $630 [equivalent to P22,995] to Childreamers.
Childreamers caters to forty kids, aged 3 to 5 years old. The requirements for being accepted in the program is that they must have National Statistics Office certificate and Barangay clearance which certifies they are from legitimate and needy families. Twenty kids attend the first session during 7.30am to 9.30am, with the other twenty attending between 9.30am to 12 noon. The children are taught basic learning skills and hygiene. A feeding program is also made available to the children. The first session children are fed before their lesson while the second session children have theirs at the end of their lesson.
Recently Childreamers held a short term program which reached out to children aged 8 to 12 years to have a shower at the premises as their families do not have running water nor can afford to buy water. This was held during the semester break, during October 24 – 31. The children attended between 8am and 11am to do some activity after taking a bath and being fed.
When asked what she enjoys most in being involved with Childreamers, Remy said: “I have been with Childreamers when it started in 2014. I enjoy most teaching the kids and helping the community. It would be fantastic if we could also get some funds to start a livelihood program ie get at least two manual sewing machines which the women could learn and use to sew.”
2016 Inspire Concert was organised by Radio Tagumpay in collaboration with Triple H 100.1FM. The artists who generously donated their talent and time to raise funds included: Fasika Ayallew, Tina Bangel’s One Voice Kids students [Olivia Bosworth, Jared Lesaca and Ysabella Sibucao], Chris Booth, Issei Guarin, Criz Guce, Jasmine Henry, Jinky Marsh, Bryan Carlo Tabada and the Vassallo sisters Daniela and Danikka. One of the surprise guest performers was four year old Nigel Guarin who rocked the audience with his dance number “From My Daddy”. Equally, the surprise performance of Meynard Penalosa enthralled the audience. Meynard who has vast experience as director and performer also directed and emceed the concert. Criz Guce was accompanied by Neo Philia Band which also provided the dance music at the close of the concert. The band is comprised of Ryan Alvaro (drummer), Julius Carvajal (Lead Guitarist), Eddie Cayabyab (Bass Guitarist), Eddie-Elle Cayabyab (Saxophonist) and Joel Mejica (Keyboardist). Jasmine Henry was supported by dancers Leo Aralar, Clarenze Estenzo and Patricia Malubag. The finale song performed by all the artists, “I Will Survive” got the audience also joining in.
The event was made possible with the support of The Filipino Australian, Philippine Community Herald News, Ang Kalatas and Bayanihan community newspapers helping promote the event; the sponsors – WorldRemit, Paul Lahood Funeral Services, Waitara Family & Medical Practice; Magpies Waitara; Triple H 100.1 FM, and Snap Printing; and raffle prizes donors – Coast & Country Meat, East West Buffet, La Mesa Restaurant, Pamana Café and Restaurant, Pymblez Café, Teresa Siopao & Catering, The Archipelago Group [TAG] and The Liora Project. Sounds and Lighting were undertaken by Peter Mudie.
Radio Tagumpay is a two-hour live Filipino-Australian radio which airs on Triple H 100.1FM. It is based in Waitara, in the upper North Shore suburbs and can also be streamed globally via http://www.triplehfm.com.au. Its producers and presenters are Violi Calvert, Jinky Marsh, Pin Montemayor and Meynard Penalosa. It boasts of regular contributors such as Consul Ford Angeles of the Philippine Consulate Sydney; Nina Concepcion, known as the Naked Life Coach who shares tips on life matters and Jewel Lobaton as its Philippine correspondent on socio-economic and welfare projects and advocacies. “Tagumpay” is the Filipino word for success. Radio Tagumpay goes by the philosophy that success is not just about what one accomplishes, but also what one inspires others to achieve.
Information and photos on segments of Radio Tagumpay can be found on its Facebook page, through which messages could also be sent by listeners and other interested parties:https://www.facebook.com/RADIO-Tagumpay-1399535110348590/?fref=ts
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