By Jogin Tamayo
A benefit concert aimed at raising funds for the victims of Typhoon Ompong particularly in the Cordilleras was held on November 11, 2018 at the Maples Collegiate Commons in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada.
Dubbed “Bangon Cordillera,” the event gathered Winnipeg-based Pinoy performers coming from various regions in the Philippines joining front act band of the Gangsa Rhythm Band. Atleast seven other groups serenaded the crowd despite the cold Sunday afternoon after a late flurry of snow that day.
Organized by the Association of Cordillerans in Manitoba, the funds generated by the event will all be Personally turned-over by its president Juliet Flores who is now in Baguio City coordinating with the government agency tasked to identify the beneficiaries. At least $3500 was raised thru the event.
Target beneficiaries will be the victims mostly in Benguet after several areas were devastated by the supertyphoon on September 11, 2018. Itogon alone had 59 dead of the 64 in Benguet.
The typhoon displaced over 270,000 people in Northern Luzon with the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) heavily hit. Most areas have been placed under a state of calamity.
Typhoon Ompong brought about huge damage in the agricultural sector reaching to P4.1 billion with 83 individuals dead, 75 injured and 45 individuals still missing.
In an update released by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, of the 83 deaths, bulk is in Benguet with 64 deaths (59 in Itogon, one in Tuba, one in Kabayan, and three in La Trinidad); Baguio City with 12; Kalinga with one; and Mountain Province with six.
Led by the Gangsa Rhythm Band, the other performers are: Amberlite Band, Knights & Angel Band, Soloists Levy Abad and Paul Kelvin Ong, duets Gerald Chuhiwon and Noli Balmores and Pastor Jayson & Vivian Igloria; and Manny Araullo.
The show featured Cordillera songs, Filipino Folk songs and country music.
The ACM is a fledgling association of Cordillerans based here in Manitoba, Canada with the aim of fostering a culture of Binnadang – an Igorot tradition of cooperation.