Opera vs. Broadway on March 26: Giving Sendong Survivors Peace of Mind

How would you help a kababayan in need?

Last December 2011, one of the country’s worst natural disasters in two decades happened in Cagayan de Oro. Tropical storm Sendong claimed the lives of about 1,300 people and left thousands more missing. Today, Cagayan de Oro residents are still living the trauma brought by the natural calamity, resorting to wanting to commit suicide everyday.

“When Sendong struck, it affected about 8,000 families, and in CDO, took away more than 1,000 lives. We’re here today to help CDO stand on its two feet again. Although Kagayanons are resilient, the recuperation of the city would be faster with the partnership between Sulong Kagay-an and Art of Living Foundation,” shared 2nd District Misamis Oriental Congressman Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano.

Photo taken by my daughter, Marielle Dado

Sulong Kagay-an is a non-stock, non-profit group seeking to bring together help from various sectors to help rebuild Cagayan de Oro. Adds Emano, “We’re very excited to have Art of Living working with us for the benefit concert, which will help Sendong survivors.

Opera vs. Broadway will be led by internationally-acclaimed baritone Wayne Yeh, and theatre artist Lissa de Guia. There will also be a silent auction of the contemporary works of Gus and Tosha Albor, Felix Bacolor, and Wesley Valenzuela, to name a few. Proceeds from the concert and art auction will help in the training of trauma therapists for Cagayan de Oro Sendong survivors.

Watch this video of Wayne Yeh singing

theatre artist Lissa de Guia

The performance will be held at the Isla Ballroom of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel on March 26, 2012. For more information on Opera vs. Broadway: A Benefit Concert for Typhoon Sendong Survivors, please visit www.artofliving.org.ph or contact Madeline Pajarillo at (0917) 840 8833 and (0917) 820 2081.