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Florante, Tateng Katindig, Ner De Leon head list of concert performers for Sendong victims

Members of the Los Angeles-based Fil-Am media during Thursday's meeting at Noypitz Bar & Restaurant in Glendale, California. The journalists, painters and visual artists, will be holding a concert/art auction/photo and art exhibit featuring Florante, Tateng Katindig and Ner De Leon on January 21 at Noypitz for the benefit of their media colleagues in the Philippines who fell victims to typhoon Sendong. (Photos: Benny Uy)

Emmy-award winner Jess Española will also take part, along with top Filipino painters and Fil-Am journalists

Philippines’ number one folk singer Florante and jazz artists Tateng Katindig and Ner De Leon will lend their talents on January 21 when they perform live at Noypitz Bar &Restaurant for the benefit of Filipino journalists who became victims of typhoon Sendong.

Organized by the members of Filipino-American media in Los Angeles led by Philippine Daily Inquirer U.S. correspondent Nimfa U. Rueda, the event, dubbed as Sining Para sa Bayan, will also feature visual artist Jess Española, who won an Emmy Award for his role in the cartoon series The Simpsons. Española promised to exhibit and sell his photographs with proceeds going to the victims.

Other artists who have committed to participate included renowned painters Rafael Maniago, Vics Magsaysay (who is also a poet and a photographer), Rodolfo Samonte, Bienvenido Sibug, Magoo Valencia and Mat Relox. Aside from the concert, Sining Para sa Bayan will also include a silent auction, an on-the-spot drawing of caricatures while other Fil-Am photographers will join Española for the photo exhibit.

According to Rueda, who presided Thursday’s meeting of Fil-Am journalists at Noypitz, the event will be an “unprecedented” undertaking by the L.A.-based journalists where “Fil-Am media professionals in Los Angeles are coming together to show support for and solidarity with Philippine-based colleagues who need help.”

To be hosted by Bernardo Bernardo and Jannelle So, host and producer of Kababayan LA, the event will start at 4 p.m. at the Noypitz patio where the silent auction and art and photo exhibits will take place. Maniago said the artists will be donating their works of art for the benefit of the media member victims of Sendong. Last month’s typhoon killed at least 1,200 people in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City, who were either buried by mudslides or swept away by flashfloods into the sea.

Fil-Am media members who are expected to perform also include Rhony Laigo, Balita Media executive editor, and photographer/violinist Andy Tecson, founder of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra. Other celebrities joining them are Miguel Vera, Malou Toler, Mon Concepcion and rap artist Vicoy BagongSigaw. The show will be directed by Ms. Lou Sabas.

Rueda said proceeds from the event will be sent directly to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), which has created a special fund for the journalist victims.

Ticket price for the event is $25 (admission only). Rueda said they expect a full house crowd, if not outright SRO (standing room only), as interests from sponsors and supporters began pouring in droves as of Thursday.

Noypitz Bar & Restaurant is located at 933 N Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91202 (818-247-6256). A Facebook fan page has also been created for the event and everyone is encouraged to visit the site. For ticket and other information, please call (562) 980-0705.

Earlier, the NUJP appealed to their media colleagues “to extend help to media workers including NUJP members who have been ravaged by typhoon Sendong.”

The NUJP said “hundreds have died and many more have been left homeless and dispossessed due to the calamity that struck the cities of Iligan, Cagayan de Oro and Dumaguete and other areas. “At least 15 other media workers were severely affected including those who lost their homes and belongings.


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