Two concerts to aid typhoon relief effort

Two very different concerts – one featuring rock bands and a live screening of the Manny Pacquiao boxing fight, the other a religious talent expo – will be held Saturday to raise money for relief efforts in the Philippines. 

Six live bands, a barbecue and a live screening of the latest world title fight involving the Philippines’ greatest sporting icon, Pacquiao, will pull in the crowds at the Cayman Islands Brewery in Prospect from 5 p.m. 

At the Harquail Theater in George Town from 7 p.m., the Believers Talent Expo 2013 will put on a repeat performance of their “Great is His Faithfulness” concert, featuring a Filipino band and local Christian performers. 

Proceeds from both events will help fund rebuilding of the Philippines in the wake of super typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the central provinces earlier this month. 

Matthew Leslie of Cayman Islands Brewery said all of Cayman’s distributors – Jacques Scott, Cayman Distributors, Tortuga Rum, Premier Wines, Cayman Spirits company and Cayman Islands Brewery – have come together to put on the event. 

He said T-shirts would also be on sale and profits would go to the Red Cross and the Philippines Consul, which is channeling funds through the Archdiocese of Palo in the worst hit region of Leyte to help children whose parents were killed in the storm. 

Mr. Leslie said he hopes the event will show Cayman’s solidarity, and that the boxing match will help inspire local people affected by the crisis. 

“We want to get as many people out as possible,” he said. “We have got live bands, a DJ, and we will be screening the Manny Pacquiao fight. He is the champion of the Philippines and hopefully he will win and that will be an inspiring thing to watch. 

“We do have people here whose families have lost their homes. Thankfully, no one we know of has lost their lives. When we went through Ivan, they were there to help us. What they are going through is 10 times worse than that and we want to help in any way we can. It’s the right thing to do.” 

The concert at the Harquail Theater will feature performers from a number of churches, including the Jesus the Anointed One Church. 

“I have watched videos and pictures from the Internet, even heard various stories regarding this heartbreaking disaster brought by Typhoon Haiyan,” said organizer Pastor Bong Edgar Abat. “A time like this should unite people here in the Cayman Islands to put together something as a relief aid for the people of the Philippines. It might not be big, but at least the love shared together will mean a lot.” 

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Typhoon Haiyan survivors wait for evacuation flights at the airport in Tacloban, Philippines, Thursday. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced by Typhoon Haiyan. – PHOTO: AP