Saturday, October 11, 2014

Valerie Weigmann's Advocacy: MusiKaramay - Building Lives Through Street Music



Valerie Weigmann's beauty-with-a-purpose project 'Musikaramay' will be celebrating its first year anniversary on October 14th (Tuesday) at the Music Hall in Metrowalk, Ortigas, Pasig City. Top Suzara, Climax Band together with Valerie Weignmann herself and other notable artists will grace and join the event filled with musical extravaganza and tons of goodwill as 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to their chosen beneficiary - the community of AETA in Mayantoc, Tarlac. Tickets are available at 500 Php and if you're blessed with the gift of music, you can actually join the performance and "walk-ins are welcome to join". 

As quoted from her facebook page:



"MUSIKARAMAY para sa mga KATUTUBO"

The Philippines… a culturally diverse country with an estimated 14-17 million Indigenous Peoples belonging to 110 ethno-linguistic groups. These peoples live in a lush homeland, with fertile soil where nearly anything can grow and waters filled with even more treasures. But despite all the gifts of nature given to them, the fact is that indigenous peoples still remain one of the most underprivileged Filipinos. Their ancestral lands have been claimed by outsiders, their traditional livelihood has been taken away and with this, financial security and the ability to remain healthy is practically non-existent. 



To get rid of these problems, I have decided to embrace one of our nation’s strength and passion… MUSIC. I collaborated with Filipino band CLIMAX and their social responsibility arm, MUSIKARAMAY that started as a busking activity wherein the band would play music at various venues in order to raise funds and awareness for various causes (Blind Musicians, Kids with Cancer, Yolanda Victims). And as the pilot project of my journey with CLIMAX, we are currently raising funds and awareness for Indigenous Peoples, specifically the Aeta Community in Barangay Libayen, Mayantoc, Tarlac who are considered among the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines.(https://www.facebook.com/musikaramay)


They live in poverty without access to a sustainable livelihood and medicines. Thus, MUSIKARAMAY has committed itself to raise enough funds in order to purchase a parcel of land for the community where they can grow their own food and crops that they can use for their livelihood. With the assistance of our partners in the medical community, we will also provide tools and train them in a comprehensive COMMUNITY MEDICAL PROGRAM that can help prevent and cure their perennial health problems such as Malaria, Diarrhea, Dengue and Goiter.


To raise funds needed for the project, we shall organize a MUSIKARAMAY – PARA SA MGA KATUTUBO FUNDRAISER CONCERT tentatively scheduled on October 14, 2014 (Tuesday) at 9:00 PM to be held at THE MUSIC HALL Metrowalk (formerly The Library) Ortigas, Pasig City. Aside from the concert, we would also like to ask for your help in raising funds. Kindly PM me for more details on how you can help donate. 


This is just the beginning because our nation has over 110 indigenous ethno-linguistic groups in dire need of help and understanding. And as soon as we have settled problems in Tarlac, my next goal is to help an indigenous community in my home province of Albay, Bicol Region.

This is our music. Soon, it will be yours too.

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas."

Valerie Weigmann in Almodal Creation. 

Valerie Weigmann pledged that whatever will be the result of Miss World Philippines 2014, whether she will win or lose, she would still continue on with her advocacy and will do her utmost best to help the underprivileged, marginalized 'katutubo' in the Philippines.

God Bless your heart Valerie and Kudos to all the kind-hearted souls who made this self-less act possible:)

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