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BC Community Contributes to Relief Efforts for Philippines


By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: Nov. 25, 2013

The Boston College Typhoon Haiyan Relief Initiative has raised about $2,400 to support aid to the Philippines, thanks to a series of campus events featuring student music and dance groups from BC and other schools, according to Philippine Society of Boston College President Gerome Paradela ’14.

On Nov. 21, the relief initiative held the Philippine Typhoon Recovery Charity Concert at The Rat in Lyons Hall, organized by the Philippine Society of Boston College, Undergraduate Government of Boston College and Residence Hall Association. Sixteen student performers and performance groups appeared at the event, including “BC Idol” winner Caroline Portu ’16, The Heightsmen, Jammin Toast, Masti, Uprising and the Liturgy Arts Group, with the BC Music Guild providing sound.

Later that night, the Black Student Forum and Nights on the Heights co-sponsored “Neo Soul Night” in the Vanderslice Cabaret Room, featuring Filipino-American performer Jeremy Passion.

Two benefit dance showcases took place on Nov. 22: Global Zero of Boston College’s annual “Fallout Show,” with the Acoustics, Fuego Del Corazon, the Dynamics, BC Dance Ensemble, and BC Irish Dance; and the Southeast Asian Student Association-Conspiracy Theory Dance Showcase, which included an appearance by a New York City Filipino breakdancing crew, Fl!p'd Owt.

The final event, on Nov. 23, was “Kamayan,” an intercollegiate dance showcase organized by the Philippine Society of Boston College with District One of the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue Inc. Filipino student associations of Northeastern University, Boston University and Brown University performed both traditional and modern dance sets in front of a packed audience in Gasson 100.

[Read a Heights article about student outreach efforts on behalf of the Philippines.]