Toronto singers and young musicians to hold concert for Typhoon Haiyan victims

December 17, 2013 11:08 am 

By Edwin C. Mercurio

TORONTO, Canada, Dec. 17 (PNA) — Ethan Rayne Harvey, a Grade 8 recipient of a school for gifted children in Gananoque, Ontario not only excels in many of his academic subjects, but has also garnered top awards in school marathons and music.

When his Filipino mom, Yona Mae Mercurio Harvey, a Mass Communication graduate at the University of the Philippines, convinced him to volunteer his skills in piano, he gladly accepted the offer knowing that it will help many Filipino children who lost parents, siblings and their homes during the onslaught of super typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan) last November 8.

Ethan Rayne plays piano as a busker during summer in the vicinity of Kingston's Subway restaurant and had been featured in YouTube videos by tourists while playing "Secrets" by One Republic, Malaguena and other pieces. He is also saving his income as a 13-year-old for his plan to do missionary work in some parts of the world.

There are many second and third generation Filipino-Canadians who heeded the call to volunteer their time, effort and talents to this worthy endeavour.

Toronto-based Philippine Advancement Thru Arts and Culture (PATAC) is inviting people living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to come on December 21 and enjoy an afternoon of music with young musicians to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and other recent disasters that have affected the lives of Filipinos, majority of whom were children.

Ben Corpuz of PATAC said there were many who volunteered to play at the concert on a Saturday, as the slot were immediately filled up that PATAC is considering holding another concert next year to accommodate other performers.

More than 6,000 people perished in the worst typhoon that hit Tacloban City, capital of Leyte province, Samar province and many parts of Eastern Visayas last December 8.

Many children are still at risk due to water borne diseases, lack of safe and potable water, medications and immediate aid.

PATAC in collaboration with the Philippine Independence Day Council (PIDC) and the Filipino Christian Fellowship presents "Paskong Handog 2013" Paglingap at Pagbangon – A Christmas Gift 2013: Caring and Rebuilding.

The concert will be held at Cummer Avenue United Church located at 53 Cummer Avenue, Toronto from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $ 15 and proceeds will go to fund relief and rehabilitation thru the Citizens Disaster Response Centre (CDRC).

CDRC is a non-government organization that pioneers and continues to promote community-based disaster management in the Philippines. CDRC operates nationwide through a network of regional centers affiliated with the Citizens’ Disaster Response Network and through people’s organizations.

Aside from Ethan Rayne, performers in the December 21 benefit concert include Chyrell Samson, Southeast Cartel, Belinda Corpuz, Malcolm Conner, Sam Gleason, PIDC Ambassadors of Goodwill, Tommy Gessell, Angelica Dancel, Cresny Lorenzo, Binnadang/iWWorkers Cultural Group, BCNHS Dance Group, PATAC Children Performers, Chelsey de Castro, Gilbert Parreno, Elyka Ampioco, Ria Papa and Britney Wayto. (PNA)



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