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Chan concert for Kalipay set

 

Chan concert for Kalipay set

Ilonggo balladeer and composer Jose Mari Chan is holding a concert at the La Proa Ballroom of L'Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City , 8 p.m. on December 14, for the benefit of the children of Kalipay Negrense Foundation Inc., its president Anna Balcells said yesterday.

Chan, who sponsors the education of 12 children from Kalipay, has also invited some of the kids of the foundation to perform with him at the concert, Balcells said.

His “Going Home to Christmas" concert will bring an evening of beautiful music and will raise badly needed funds for Kalipay, a non-profit organization, that cares for abandoned, neglected, physically and sexually abused, malnourished children, and those who were victims of child labor and trafficking, she added.

Balcells said Chan is doing the show all for free, 100 percent of the proceeds of the show will all go to Kalipay.

Among the children Kalipay has helped are baby Ryan and Robert, his 10-year old uncle, seen sleeping on the dirty street near the Bacolod Public Plaza, whose video was posted on Facebook.

It was by chance that Kalipay came across the video, Balcells said.

A few days later, with the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the children were brought to Kalipay's care.

Ryan's mother was just a teenager when she had Ryan. Shortly after Ryan was born, she left him in her parents' care, but it was Robert who took over the responsibility of looking after him.

Ryan's grandparents forced Robert and him to beg on the streets. With Ryan on his hip, Robert would beg for money, help park or look after other people's cars just to earn. Whatever meager income he could earn would then be used to buy food for himself, and since milk is expensive, he would buy coffee for Ryan. The rest would be for Ryan's grandparents.

Whenever they didn't have money to bring home, they were badly beaten by the grandfather. He would also burn Ryan's feet with his cigarettes as punishment.

When they were rescued, Ryan was severely malnourished, had pneumonia, intestinal parasites, skin disease, and had several wounds on his feet, both from infected old burns, and fresh ones. Robert was 10, but had little experience being in school.

Now, Robert is in school, and has since then learned to let go of the responsibility of acting as Ryan's parent. He gets along well with the other children, and plays sports with them. Ryan, on the other hand, had gained weight, and since his feet has long healed from the cigarette burns, he runs around and plays with the other toddlers in the home.

In middle of April 2015, it was also brought to the attention of Kalipay that six young children had been abandoned by their mother, Balcells said.

They were living in poor conditions – with not enough food to eat, and only the older siblings to look after them.

They had been left under the care of their mother's husband, who worked to provide for them despite knowing that the six children were fathered by another man. Whatever he earned was not enough to sustain the needs of his total nine children.

It was then that the six siblings aged 7, 6, 4, 3, 2, and 3 months old, were brought to Kalipay

When they were rescued, they were all malnourished – especially the two youngest ones.

Since then, they have shown remarkable improvement. The two older siblings are doing very well in school, two are being taught basic education every morning, and the youngest ones are now in much better health.

Chan's concert will benefit children like Ryan and Robert, and the six children abandoned by their mother.

VIP tickets are sold at P4,000, Gold tickets at P3,000, Silver tickets are at P2,000, and Bronze at P1,000, Mhel Sillador, event producer, said.

 

Tickets are now available at the Kalipay Negrense Foundation Inc. office, located at Room 1, Ground Floor, MARC Building, Ylac Avenue, Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, or those interested can call +63 34 435 2496 or +63 917 700 2345 for inquiries, Sillador added.*