Sunday, October 27, 2013

BKP New York & Massachusetts Charity Events!

BKP - New York - Laughs for Literacy 3

Sierra saying her speech about the Aetas at
the Comedy Club
On Saturday October 12, my parents and I went to New York City to attend a BKP - New York fundraising event. BKP-NY's Laughts for Literacy 3 was held at the Greenwich Comedy Club in Greenwich Village (near NYU if you're not familiar with the city). Air Tabigue hosted the event, inviting several comedians to the stage, such as Dan Ramos, Roberto Garcia, Pete Isip, Ryan Dacalos and Rich Kiamco. Since most of the comedians were Filipino, I had a crack laughing at their jokes about Filipino parents, Filipino accents, and simply, Manny Pacquiao. I could tell that they definitely animated the audience with their Filipino and not-so-Filipino jokes too.

Right before the show at Greenwich Village
Before the performance, however, I was busy making my script...No, I did not tell any jokes. I'm probably the worse person to ask if you're hosting a comedy show...but I did have to start the show with a little speech about BKP and the IP Rondalla's visit to the Aetas of Bataan. Was I nervous? Definitely. But after a few seconds on stage, the fear was gone as I introduced to the audience the impact their books bring to kids in the Philippines.

Overall, the evening went by nicely. A few people after the show came up to me to ask about how they could help. Know that people do take into consideration our mission, I felt unbelievably thankful to be with this organization. Thank BKP - NY for letting me be a part of this community! And thank you Lorna for allowing me to take your spot on stage! ;)

BKP - Massachusetts - Charity Dinner

The DJs of Bagong Kuturang Pinoy! 

Some of you IP folks were here last week to witness BKP - MA's charity dinner in Wakefield, MA. Unlike New York's small, intimate setting, this large event brought in people from all over the Greater Boston Area. Many dressed up in their halloween costumes, such as dressing up as a Russian man, magician, Little Bo Peep, and my favorite, Darna, Crispin from Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal! (She later wins best costume among the grown-ups.)

Along with the tasty buffet-style dinner and Filipino-style dances, BKP's founder Rowena Jimenez talked to us about BKP's mission. Each table was given a BKP newsletter. Then in our tables, we were asked to play a few games dealing with the newsletter to learn more about the organization. Of course, sitting with my IP friends, we could barely compete with other groups that had a few BKP board members.
The night ended with more dancing, which in Filipino terms, means line dancing. Yes, we love our line dancing and we love our DJs.

Sierra Jamir

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Loboc Children's Choir Singing in front of the Church

Hi PinoyJeep Bloggers,

Sorry again for another message about the earthquake, but you'll be amazed what I found on Facebook just now. Cecile Poquita, one of the Loboc Children's Choir members just posted the image below with a caption. I had to share it. - SJ

"Praise to thee, Oh Lord for all creation, give us thankful hearts that we may see, all the gifts we share and every blessing all things come of thee." -Look at the world. The Loboc Children's Choir singing for our church. 

Loboc Church After Earthquake

Pray for our friends in Loboc, Bohol. On Tuesday, a magnitute 7.1 earthquake struck the Visayas region of the Philippines, causing nearly 100 dead and 270 injured. A bulk of the casualties came from Bohol. If you remember, we were just there playing with the Loboc Children's Choir. Take a look below at the Loboc Church now.
Taken from Twitter

Philippine Earthquake Hits Visayas

Hello PinoyJeep Followers,

Look's what happened since we last were in Bohol. Pray for our friends in the Visayas Region.

Sierra Jamir

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Congratulations, PWU-JASMS Rondalla!

Remember our jam session with PWU-JASMS and the Bayanihan Rondalla? 
See  what's happened since we last talked!

Congratulations for making it to Nationals last week on October, Saturday 5th. 

Sierra Jamir

Bayan-Bayanan Elementary School Videos

Hey everyone,

Here are two videos of the Bayan-Bayanan Elementary School Drum & Lyre performance!

Sierra Jamir

Ati Cu Pung Singsing
Harry Belfonte
Ryzza Cha-Cha

Bayan-Bayanan Elementary School Drum & Lyre Band Competition

The Bayan-Bayanan Elementary School Students in red and
white waiting for their turn to perform

Hey everyone,

Look who it is! Our Bayan-Bayanan Elementary School Drum & Lyre Band performing at the town competition!

Do you remember just a while ago, we saw them give a preview of their Ryzza Mae dance for us? Well, they've finally perfected it!

A massive crowd of spectators and anxious parents
The Bayan-Bayanan Elementary School consisting of mainly "kulot" and "unat" Aeta children competed at their town's inter-school Drum & Lyre band Competition on Saturday, September 28th. They competed with three other Drum & Lyre bands from Dinalupihan, Bataan. All of the competitors from the other schools had competed several times before. After practicing for only two months, though, our group proved that they  too could compete with show-level groups!

The venue was PACKED to the brim with people from all over the town of Dinalupihan. Even the parents of the Aeta children came down from the mountains for this occasion. And they were not disappointed. The Bayan-Bayanan Elementary School Drum & Lyre received a special award from the mayor of Dinaluphian, Bataan for their excellent performance!

We're so proud of you!

           Sierra Jamir

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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Thank you San Pablo Central School!

On behalf of the IP Rondalla,

We would like to thank the wonderful San Pablo Central School for performing with the IP Rondalla and the PPP during the IP Rondalla Rocks Tour last July. You are all talented and an absolutely adorable brood of children, as we saw from our performance together at SM Mall. Just take a look at the comments written below and you'll see I'm not the only one who agrees!