Many foreigners here in Norway thinks that the Norwegians are cold people, but after living here for some time now, I thought that it is not so. My husband is a living proff of a warm person who really cares for those he loves.
Lately, after the typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philipines, the Norwegian people had done so much to help the Filipino people. Had sent millions of Norwegians crowns to the Philippines. We Filipinos here are very thankful. Not only that, lots of people arranged concerts for the cause. One of them was done here where I live.
After seeing the heartbreaking pictures from the Philippines, our mayor reacted at once and asked the person who is in charge in our cultur center to make this concert possible.
After a week, everything was in place.
The program begun showing different pictures from the Philippines. Both the good parts and the heartbreaking events.
as you can see in the pictures
These pictures made us cry inside. It was really tough to see our landsmen suffering.
Anyway, a symphony orchestra performed with music that reached to the very core of our souls. These people had offered their time and talents for free just to help. They really could play melodiously.
But this young man sung like Pavarotti and it made us really shiver. He lifted our spirits on high.
Afterwards, they shown a replay of an interview CNN did to Erlend Johannesen ( a Norwegian) who was the founder of Streetlight Organization in Tacloban. He miracoulously managed to save all the orphaned children under his care. But they are now in need of all the help they could get. All the money from this concert will go to Streetlight.
some of the children under his care
Then the concert continued. This group of young people made us alive. Suddenly, we wanted to dance with the music. She sung " Opps, I did it again of Britney Spears.
Followed by a a sweet lady who sung and played with the piano. Her song is about heaven falling down. I felt that I was in a boat that was sailing on the ocean and my body floats up and down with the waves.
Then it was time to auction. Lots of local artist donated their arts for the cause as you can see.
They were all sold
I bought the last picture as a donation for the project.
There were many more who contributed like our Union and our local bank and different people for Streetlight. As of the writing, I don't know the exact amount.
Then Kristoffer, half norwegian and half filipino, who is an artist sung and played the piano too. A very talented young man.
Followed by another half norwegian and half filippino woman who translated the famous song " Anak" of Fredie Aguilar from the Philippines into norwegian language. She has a very sweet voice.
Next song was from this group and it was about the light. Suited perpectly for the Street light.
Last song was from a well known artist Lisa Olden who is going to travel soon to America and Canada to perform.
After the concert, filipino foods were served made by some of the Filipinos who lives here.
I made chicken curry.
My sister who made rice cake
I didn't get the chance to take pictures of the food table because of the long lines of people. Oh they love Philippine cuisines. Anyway, I just want to thank all who did come and made this concert possible. Unforgettable for us filippinos who lives here. Thanks to the Norwegian people.
Thank you girls who made filipino foods! Anca ( right side) is from Romania, but she helped a lot. Beautiful lady with a golden heart.
Lourdes, Doreen, Jessa and Maries
Letecia donated the money she got from her birthday party to the Philippines too:)
Sweet smiles, sweet ladies
There were more ladies from the Philippines who brought cakes and donated money, but I didn't have their pictures. Thanks Cristina, Jolly and Lilet:) I hope I didn't forget someone:)