Variety show in Phoenixville to help Filipino families still affected by 2013 typhoon

Flyer for the Kapitbayan “Rebuild: My Friend’s Got Talent” show at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville. Photo courtesy of Jeanilyn Ficarra

PHOENIXVILLE — The Kapitbayan Filipino-American Association will host a concert focused on raising money for its cultural foundation as well as the rebuilding effort from last year’s devastating Typhoon Yolanda.

“There are still many people without homes,” said Jeanilyn Ficarra, president of Kapitbayan. “There is much rebuilding still needed.”

Typhoon Yolanda destroyed nearly 500,000 homes while damaging almost 600,000 more. It killed approximately 6,300 in the Philippines, according to an April report from the nation’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Phoenixville is home to a large number of people of Filipino descent and throughout Chester County there are families who had loved ones affected by the November storm.

At 2 p.m. in the Colonial Theater on Bridge Street in Phoenixville on Saturday, Sept. 6, Kapitbayan will present “Rebuild: My Friend’s Got Talent.”

The variety show will feature Filipina-American singer Kirby Asunto and musician Eric G. along with local acts like Ficarra’s daughter Elaine, a singer, the Kapitbayan dancer group and the Collegeville Choir, among others.

“Contingent upon the amount raised,” Kapitbayan hopes to fund the construction of a shelter and sponsor a fishing boat for a family or provide solar energy to a family or a building in an effected area.

Tickets can be acquired by telephone at 610-942-7391 or by email at Kapitbayan@gmail.com.

Fifty percent of the profits will go toward the rebuilding effort in the Philippines and the other half will go toward the Kapitbayan cultural program.

Ficarra said she hopes to fill the 600-seat theater.

The show is part of Kapitbayan’s efforts to assist the typhoon’s victims which have been ongoing since just a week after the typhoon struck.

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