Tessie Tomas, Samarnons hold benefit concert for to help kababayans rebuild their lives

Likha Cuevas-Miel, InterAksyon.com

MANILA – The Katbalaoganon Foundation, Inc. (KFI), in cooperation with the Maybank Group, is holding “Operation: BULIG KITÁ (Let’s help): A Musical-Comedy Show for the Benefit of Typhoon Yolanda Victims in Samar on Dec. 8, 7:30pm at K-Pub BBQ at The Fort Strip.

The concert features Regine Velasquez, Isay Alvarez, Lolita Carbon, Isabella Gonzales, Nanette Inventor, Jacqui Magno, Richard Merck, Radha, Ka Roger and Friends, Jon Santos, Judy Ann Santos, Robert Seña, Tessie Tomas, Lou Veloso, Jessa Zaragosa and is directed by Leo Rialp.

Tessie Tomas’ family is from Catbalogan, Samar and is also the current president of KFI. Jessa Zaragosa is married to Dingdong Avanzado whose family also hails from Catbalogan.

“Over the past two weeks, KFI has been able to send three truckloads of relief goods to Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan victims in the Samar towns of Basey and Marabut through the generosity of our many donors and volunteers and in coordination with Fr. Cesar Aculan of St. Bartholomew Parish, Catbalogan City, who distributes the repacked goods to the beneficiaries. Together, we have modestly met some of the victims’ emergency needs, such as rice, bottle water, canned goods,
medicine, clothes and candles,” KFI said in a statement.

The proceeds of this show will go to community rehabilitation, including building temporary shelters and eventually more lasting structures.

“In truth, this is a long process which will involve partnerships with other concerned groups, but KFI commits to do what it can to uplift the current situation of affected Samareños,” the group added.

Tickets available at K-Pub (847-1961), KFI Office (912-3835), Toby’s (651-7700), Shinjuku (478-5704) & Stacy’s (952-6843).
₱10000, ₱5000, ₱3000 and ₱1000 (free seating for each section, so please arrive early)
For more info, visit www.katbalaoganonfi.com or call (0917) 584-9126.