Cyclists, Artists, and Volunteers Gather for Bayanihan Republic — A Fundraising Festival for Yolanda Survivors
On November 30, Filipinos will come together as one as they take part in Bayanihan Republic, a fundraising festival for continued relief operations, psychosocial support, and on-ground initiatives to rebuild communities in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
The Quezon City Memorial Circle will serve as the center of Bayanihan Republic, beginning with cyclists riding as one in a show of support and solidarity with Yolanda survivors. The day will end with a concert featuring artists jamming as one, sending out messages of courage and hope to a nation that has shown the world what Bayanihan is truly all about.
Throughout the day, bazaars taking part in Bayanihan Republic will be open for everyone where 20% of proceeds will go straight to funds allocated for long-term support for Typhoon Yolanda survivors.
Singer-songwriter and biking enthusiast Nityalila Saulo sees Bayanihan Republic as a multifaceted event that allows everyone to take part in pursuing a defined goal. “Bayanihan Republic is a whole day event where every action is a contribution. It is the perfect venue for anyone who is looking for a way to support sustainable relief efforts for Yolanda affected communities,” Saulo says.
Celebrities and personalities who also pledged their support to Bayanihan Republic will be auctioning off some of their most prized possessions, along with unique opportunities to take part in activities that reflect their interests. Designer and musician Kate Torralba will be auctioning off a gown, while singer Bayang Barrios and actor Ronnie Lazaro will be putting their pre-loved clothes up for auction.
Palanca winner and TV personality, Lourd de Veyra, will auction off a signed copy of This is a Crazy Planets and a signed shirt. De Veyra, who is also president of Dakila, believes in the importance of a sustainable and long-term initiatives as a response to Yolanda.
“These past few days, aid and relief have been coming from organizations both here and abroad, but our responsibility to our fellow Filipinos does not end in delivering relief. Taking part in Bayanihan Republic is a move towards long term response, one that is focused on rebuilding communities and making sure that Yolanda survivors have access to psychosocial support and to resources need to start again,” de Veyra says.
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