Thank you isn't enough

How can I ever thank everyone. The Ang Bayan Kong Pilipinas event was a success. How do I define success? the kids performed their best and met the technical difficulties with utmost grace and professionalism. When there was a technical difficulty, they continued with their performance as if nothing happened.  The creativity of Victoria and Belinda with John, Janelle, and Immalyn showed through out the program. The concept  was fresh, simple yet profound. They managed to interweave in the entire show the simple things we Filipinos love  from: the children playing on  the street, selling of taho and balot, fashion show and slide presentations. As they aptly put it., "Mula sa amin, para sa inyo" (From us to you). 

My heart was warmed by the singing of the children. They had four Sundays of 2.5 hours each to learn all the Filipino songs: Lupang Hinirang, medley of Ang Bayan Ko/Bayan Kong Hirang, Ang Pipit and of course the story of Magellan by Yoyoy. Elyka read the poem "Kung Tuyo na ang  Luha mo aking bayan". The two dance groups: hiphop and hula dance showed the  two of the common dances  that our young usually learn and love to perform. Our young musicians performed a variety of songs from Filipino to the more contemporary English songs, an apt reprentation of our musical culture today. The latter part of the program showcased the Fashion segment and creativity of our young people in putting together the dresses and attire inspired by whatever costumes we have in our "treasure box". The costumes was a donation to PATAC by Malaya Marcelino.

My thanks to everyone who participated and volunteered. in no particular order

GUEST ARTISTS:Heber Bartolome, Levi Bartolome, Rino, Levi Abad Jr., Inah Calapan, Mae Janelle Berte, Ajay Recana, AJ Salazar |

Hiphop dancers: Neil McNeil?s Flow Motion Dance Crew Members: Jason Laureta, JR Maramo, Micheal, Kevin Sayco, Nathan Roda, MJ Lat, Karl Alivio | PATAC Children?s group: Giselle Bacnis,  Cresny Lorenzo,Benson Corpuz,Isabella Corpuz,Elyka Ampioco

Santaginian girls-Hula dance: Alajnis Bautista, IO Bautista, Jherchika Bautista, Mariam Ibrahim

Fashionistas:Rachelle Alcide Dionne,Elika Ampioco,Giselle Bacnis,Jordan Bacnis,Kimberly Bacnis,John Bautista,Jherchika Bautista,Mae Janelle Berte,Aaron Castro,Ivynne Casto,Sharlene Castro,Benson Corpuz,Isabella Corpuz,Cresny Lorenzo,Charmaine Marasigan, Angelique Mendoza,Janine O,Karen Quines,Karen Reotutar,Immalyn Rheda Reyes,Tammy Salonga,Justin Sta. Maria,Aliza Lee Tung,Nicole Wright |  Comics Creator: Chris Lim           Photographer: Kerwin Jadraque        Poster Designer: Maria.kfdesigns

Volunteers: Ana Ampioco, Ronald Castro,Sahlee Castro,Ramil Ampioco,Henessy Cruz,Ramon Grajo, Dex Macapagal, Helen Reyes, Theresa Fajardo, Fe Judy and Von Bacnis, Anami and Zaldy Bacnis, Ella Lorenzo, Cristina Valencia and Cecilia Calapan

Executive Producer: Ben Corpuz    All-around help: Paulina Corpuz (from sewing, scripting, sounds, soliciting support, web update, invite performers, etc)

MOST OF ALL TO Victoria Bacnis and Belinda Corpuz who co-chaired this project. My thanks goes to all parents and guardians who tirelessly dropped off the children to the practice venue, patiently waited and then picked them up again.


HEBER BARTOLOME at the Ang Bayan Kong Pilipinas event on
October 23, 2010 at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto M5S 1J5.

Heber is in Toronto for a series of shows. He will be dropping by and will perform one or two songs to inspire the young Filipino Canadians at the PATAC`s ``Ang Bayan Kong Pilipinas``event. Heber is also a visual artist and his paintings are exhibited at the Philippine Consulate office at161  Eglinton Ave E, suite 800, Toronto, Ontario. It will run from October 14, 2010 until October 28, 2010

Notable performers at the Ang Bayan Kong Pilipinas event include: Levy Abad Jr., Belinda Corpuz, AJ Recana, Mae Janelle Berte and Inah Calapan.

PATAC is holding this benefit concert to raise funds for its projects and for the Childrens's Rehabilitation Center (CRC), its partner organization in the Philippines.

Saturday, October 23, 2010, 2:30-4:30 pm
INNIS TOWN HALL at the University of Toronto
2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S1J5
Call Paulina 416.668.9610 for more information.. Ticket:$15

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Ang Bayan Kong Pilipinas is the 2010 Annual Fundraising event for the Children's Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines.

This year it is directed and managed by the PATAC Youth Collective led  by Victoria Bacnis and Belinda Corpuz.. Ang Bayan Kong Pilipinas is an event by young Filipino Canadians for the young clients of the Children's Rehabilitation Center. This 2010 event is the first fundraising event ever led by the youth in its entirety with the adults in supportive role. 

The young children performers who are learning Filipino songs also benefit from the process. The parents are inspired to see their children getting interested about the Philippines and their parents/grandparents country of origin. One parent said that when her child returned from practices, she started asking about the Tagalog words that she learned from the songs and skits. She asked questions about the Filipino dresses they are wearing for the fashion show. The parents were just very happy to respond and share their knowledge and stories.

PATAC hopes to continue to provide these opportunities for young Filipino Canadians here in Toronto. Your help will make it happen.

For more information: [email protected] | Paulina at 419.668.9610