Sunday, March 28, 2010

Canadian Aid relief Project (CARP) - 2010 Bayanihan Ball

CARP Founder and President gives his opening statement and explains the accomplishments of CARP so far.

Ambassador Jose Brillantes gives a speech.

Consul General Minerva Falcon looks on as a Korean awardee gives a speech. The Korean awardee gave a $25,000 contribution to CARP.

Carol Bella (SEATED FAR RIGHT) of ASAP travel and husband Joe join friends at the their table.

Vivian and Chris Hao of Trusty Travel and Remittance

Michelle Medina

Michael Siervo

Joy's mom, singer Jennifer Camacho, Cecille Araneta and Pinoy sa T.O publisher Joy Sarmiento.

Vivienne Portugal and friend Aprile Idolor at last year's Bayanihan Ball

Mission Statement

The mission of the Canadian Aid and Relief Project (CARP) is to make a positive difference in the lives of people affected by natural disasters by providing relief medicines and health care services especially to the low income families in the disaster stricken areas.

A Dire Need

Every year, the Philippines is visited by more than 20 typhoons. According to the Philippine Red Cross, 31,835 Filipinos were killed and 94,369,462 others were affected by natural disasters and calamities in a span of 20 years. Most of them died from diseases after the calamities. Canadians standby and watch not knowing what to do to help.

"The Philippines was a natural laboratory for floods, typhoons, monsoon rains, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and landslides," Philippine National Red Cross governor Dante Liban said. (Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)

The Canadian Aid Relief Project aims to provide aid relief to calamity prone countries like the Philippines. It is organized to help focus and sustain the relief effort of the Canadian community to healthcare delivery in disaster areas where help is desperately needed after a calamity. It aims to alleviate the pervasive poverty that follows a calamity by delivering health care to low income families in disaster areas. We believe that effective relief work is best undertaken when preparation and planning are done way before these natural disasters occurs.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sunny Days Ahead

The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day.

When the sun is out and the wind is still, You’re one month on in the middle of May.

But if you so much as dare to speak, a cloud come over the sunlit arch, And wind comes off a frozen peak, And you’re two months back in the middle of March.”

- Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time, 1926

It’s April and the days seem longer, when the sun shines past 5 in the afternoon and the memory of last year’s recession keeps getting hazier and hazier. We look forward to the bright days ahead with belief that the dark days are behind us.

The Philippines Independence Day Council (PIDC) held their induction party last March to a packed crowd at Studio 8. It is a sign of good things to come.

For Bicolanos in the Philippines and here, they are thankful disaster was averted when Mayon volcano did not erupt as anticipated.

Filipinos back home are busy enjoying the spectacle that is the election. Lies, lies and more lies are in the air. But who cares as long as they bring the entertainers to their campaign rallies.

Here, signs of community life are beginning to show. Ads for concerts are starting to appear. Calls for contestants for Beauty pageants by different organizations are being heard. Invitations to dinner-dances are being sent. And the hustle for sponsors for summer events should be in full swing by now.

And at the last minute, the Nora Aunor concert was cancelled. I feel bad for the people who bought tickets in advance. And I feel equally bad for the promoters of upcoming concerts like Sarah Geronimo and Ogie and Regine. It will make it harder for them to sell tickets in advance because people will buy tickets on the day of the concert. You’ve got to have a strong heart to be in this business.

“If not for the same-day, last minute ticket buyers, we would have been in trouble,” said Joselito Ronquillo about the Sharon Cuneta concert he promoted last year. Because of last minute ticket-buyers, the Sharon Cuneta concert was a resounding success.

And so was the AND1 concert of Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera which was promoted by Rene and Neneng Maalihan.

According to sources, Nora Aunor was not feeling well and flew back to the United States. However, a blind item on the internet on the same day that her concert was supposed to be held claimed that “she snubbed her own concert - AGAIN.” News really travels fast. Her supposed Toronto concert was the evening of March 20. I read the item March 20 also.

Sarah Geronimo’s concert will be on June 11 at the Metro Concention Centre. The promoter is Joselito Ronquillo, the same promoter of Sharon Cuneta last year. He also told me that the cancelled concert of Nora is re-scheduled for April 17. We’ll see.

By the way, the FCT President’s ball is on this year on April 24 which is the same night as PIDC’s Mrs. Philippines 2010 pageant at the Rembrandt banquet hall.

Enjoy the spring weather when it is neither hot or cold and the breeze feels like a sign of good things to come.