Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Concert for the Philippines!

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:)

JOY

45 comments:

  1. Great cause and may the Lord bless all of you for your kindness and generosity. I have heard of a small endeavour made by the children in an international school in here and it was very heartwarming. All the proceeds from their sale will go as donation.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan. It was really heartwarming.
      Have a nice day:)

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  2. Awww... on behalf of the Filipino, thank you very much Norway! God bless your kind hearts :)) Our kababayans badly needs every means of help they could get. Thank you!

    Ayy, Mommy Joy si Erlend Johannesen po yung nakita ko sa local news na ini-interview at ikinuwento niya kung paano sila nakaligtas kasama ang mga bata sa orphanage. Umakyat silang lahat sa bubong nung bahay ampunan.

    Hindi ko rin malilimutan yung sinabi nyang, "That was the longest 1 and half hours of their lives." --> yung habang binabayo ni monster typhoon Yolanda ang Tacloban, sobrang lakas ng hangin sa taas ng bubungan then rumaragasa naman ang storm surge below.

    I was also teary eyed nung sinabi nyang "Surrender is not an option here."

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    1. Yes feil-kun. Really an inspiration and a great guy. He is worth helping. His love for these children is admirable.

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  3. That was wonderful for everyone to participate. We all need each other.

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    1. True Lili:) thanks for dropping by:)

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  4. A worthy cause indeed . Thanks for helping our kababayans here always . God bless us all !

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    1. Yes it was Edgar. It was really a blessing.
      Thanks be to God to God for touching hearts.

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  5. Well written. I am glad to see that humanity comes first regardless of boundaries. Its worthy to see people helping each others in times of disasters and other calamities.

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    1. Thanks Kiran. What a nice comment.
      This event really touched my heart.
      Thanks for visiting:)

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  6. Kindly extend our deepest gratitude to Norwegians!
    I love those paintings!

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    1. Yes Ric:) I loved those paintings too:)

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  7. Great shots. My favourites are the third and fifth. Lovely light and colour.

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  8. A very good cause indeed , pics are lovely :)

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  9. What a beautiful post, Joy! You have a beautiful blog!

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  10. Thank you so much McGuffy Ann. You warmed my heart:)

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  11. The Philippines made the whole world realized that WE ARE ONE. So I hope everyone forgets about the war because all of us has one objective in life..protect the Mother Earth, love all the humanity. LET THERE BE PEACE HERE ON EARTH.

    I like this post Ms. Joy and Thank You. This is a reminder and shall not forget our mission in life.

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    1. Yes, it is true " TheKidwanderer. It is better to help each other than killing each other.
      We need to work for peace and unity. Everyone of us.
      Thanks for visiting. God bless you.

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  12. wow very touching and nice action. i love the auction, lovely.

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  13. Salamat nang marami sa mga taga-Norway. It is blessed with a beautiful country and people. :-)

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  14. Nice Work Ms Joy! Thank you for this cause. Thank you Norwegian... Beautiful people inside out.

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  15. Wonderful work done by you Joy!! Keep going!!

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  16. God bless you more Ma'm Joy and all those people who have a big heart in helping people. :)

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    1. Thanks Dean Gabriel. God bless you too:)

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  17. Your post touches me today. Thanks for sharing. No, not all Europians are cold people! God bless you and I hope you have a fine weekend.

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  18. Yes Jedidja. They are warn people too:)
    God bless you too:)

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  19. oh that feeling when you really wanted to first-handly help but you can't physically be present. Good thing you have these events there. Ph will be very thankful for that. :)

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  20. Yes Olvr. We are glad we can help:)

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  21. Thank you Norwegians and thanks to other nations too, for your kindness and generosity. Thank you too, ate Joy, for sharing us this. God bless!

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  22. Wow, this is so wonderful. Thanks to the Norwegian people, for caring. It feels great knowing that people from all over the world are coming together to help our kababayan survive the hardship caused by Haiyan.

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  23. Hi, I read this on Facebook --but just wanted to stop by and say what a great thing you all did for your home country. There is so much devastation there and it's very sad. Hubby and I gave a donation to them..

    Had a nice service for Dad Adams yesterday --and got to see many old friends and family members. We also enjoyed a family lunch together. Dad is in a better place now… Thanks be to God.
    Hugs
    Betsy

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  24. God bless you Mommy Joy and the loving people of Norway :) It was so touching what they did to help our countrymen.

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  25. thanks for sharing this. i'll definitely be seeing norwegians in a different light. thank you so much for your generosity towards the filipinos. new follower here. :)

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  26. Glad to hear that everyone is helping one and another and do something to help Filipinos when time we need it most. BTW, I love the painting you bought.. very nice!:)

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  27. It is wonderful to see the body of Christ reaching out to those in need. Thank you for sharing this.

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  28. that is how god's love work through each and every stranger across the globe!
    it was indeed very heart warming

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