Many thanks to Betty Romero of Lifeline Foundation for inviting me to join the Dance for Life, a four-hour dance marathon held on November 22 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. If not for the invite, l wouldn’t have known that she knew my friend Ruth from way back.
The warm up dance was led by no other than the Police Zumba Group. Then it was followed by the playing of non-stop versatile vintage sound with all the staple grooves of the 60s and 70s jams, urban beats of the 80s and 90s including a taste of hip hop dance led by a Zumba instructor.
I could have danced, danced, danced up to the end of the dance marathon, but Ruth’s baby Solenne was tired already so we decided to cut short our dance participation and capped it with a dinner at Harbor View.
The dance marathon was well attended and very well received by a large group of participants. Given the success of this event, l wouldn’t be surprised if there would be a repeat next year. Congratulations Lifeline Foundation and to all dance participants for a job well done! Here’s Lifeline Foundation’s Dance Unite Post Event Release-finalreport.
Just finished attending an event launch last October 22, when I got an invite from Betty Romero, Deputy Director of Lifeline Foundation for their event launch the next day. But I couldn’t attend due to an earlier commitment. That’s why, I was thankful for the efforts made by two fellow bloggers, Tonette of healthjunkie.ph when she posted about it in a bloggers group, and Ross Del Rosario, founder and editor of wazzuppilipinas.com, who said YES and attended the launch on my behalf.
I couldn’t be happier as I start the next day with purpose and drive knowing everything’s taken care of by both of them. I have supported Lifeline Foundation’s advocacies in the past via this blog. And, I wouldn’t hesitate to support them again this year. Lifeline Foundation advocates changing the world one life at a time. Thus, the event is for the Foundation to raise funds for the rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts for victims whose lives were affected by Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) almost a year ago now. So, if you want to make a difference, why not join this dance marathon, and get ready to groove! To know more about the dance event, below is the full text of Ross Del Rosario’s blog article.
Dance Unite! : One United Move and Groove to Raise Funds for the Rebuilding of Yolanda-Stricken Areas
By Ross Del Rosario
The Yolanda-stricken communities are still in the process of rehabilitation so we could bring back a new and improved-for-the-better Central Visayas. It was such a touching experience hearing about lots of relief donations in many forms, from cash to kind, from service to celebrity visits, to the Philippines after the Yolanda or internationally known Haiyan tragedy.
However, we must not stop helping because the storm may be over, but the tragedy is still very clear in memory for those affected especially when they are now starting again from scratch, or from what little remains of their personal belongings or properties. The noble efforts must continue if we really want to.
It would be of great help if we help rebuild their lives that have been devastated by a cruel weather disturbance that left many of our countrymen feeling so hopeless and forsaken after the loss of their loved ones and homes.
Thus, it is with great admiration to keep seeing movements for the benefit of these Yolanda-stricken areas. I understand that the process to recover will take years so all the efforts are well appreciated. Among the many organizations that have partnered together to bring back hope for the Yolanda survivors are the Lifeline Foundation and Food for the Hungry.
They are now back to offer once a again a dance marathon dubbed as Dance Unite!: One United Move and Groove to Raise Funds for the Rebuilding of Yolanda—Stricken Areas.Whew! It’s such a long event title!
At a press conference held last October 23 at the Slice restaurant located at Bonifacio Global City, the organizers announced their upcoming dance marathon event scheduled on 22 Nov. 2014 at the Quirino Grandstand of Manila.
The press conference was led by Lifeline Foundation Deputy Director Betty Romero, with short talks from Owen Rea, the Research Development Manager of Food for the Hungry, and Andy Gomez from the Philippine Tackle Football League. Judy Jamolangue, Project Director for Dance Unite was also present.
The organizers are targeting around 3,000 participants coming from call centers and BPOs, colleges and universities, NGOs, and other organizations, but of course, the more would be merrier and really awesome! Proceeds will go to different community livelihood, education and empowerment projects and initiatives.
The organizers also played a video showing celebrities and soon-to-be husband and wife Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera, or otherwise known as “DongYan”.
“Sample! Sample!,” they say so all press conference attendees and event organizers showed off their dancing prowess led by a dance instructor. Everyone eagerly swayed to the beat and moved to the rhythm of the dance music!
The dance marathon registration kits are available at P550 including a marathon shirt and loot bags. Special discount prices will be given for student registrants. Register online at www.danceunite.org, or at selected Chris Sports outlets, or call them at +632 621 5058 or +632 247 4186.
For more information on sponsorships and partnerships, contact: Betty Romero, Deputy Director, Lifeline Foundation +63917 580 4102, +632 621 5058 | Owen Rea, Resource Development Manager, Food for the Hungry Philippines and Dance Unite Project Coordinator +63932 871 0912.
Here’s a fun run event not only for the princesses out there but also for athletes, celebrities, health buffs, men, women, students, cosplayers, and families! Etude Princess Run features 3K, 5K, 10K race categories happening on May 25, 2014 at 5 AM at 34th corner 9th avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Race registration started last March 15 and will end on April 15. Entry fees are P 600 for the 3K and 5K distances and P 800 for the 10K category inclusive of a race singlet, bib, and race map.
“We encourage men, women, students, professionals, athletes, celebrities, health buffs and even, cosplayers to sign up and participate in the Etude House Princess Run. We want to bring together Filipino families for this fun event. We hope to see everyone enjoying with their loved ones on May 25,” said Etude House Philippines President Andrea Amado.
Online registration is available at www.etudehouse.com.ph. Payments are accepted at four (4) Etude House branches: SM North EDSA, Eastwood Mall, SM Southmall and Glorietta 3. The race kit can be redeemed once payment is done in the stores.
Etude House Pink Member Card Holders get 100 off from the registration fee and will receive tutu skirts in their race kits to wear during the event.
Cosplayers are also encouraged to enter the 3K category and run in their favorite costumes with their rubber shoes. They also get P100 off the registration fee. “For extra fun, we want cosplayers to join. They can wear head gears, accessories and colorful costumes. The more creative, the better,” added Amado.
Prizes Fit For Royals
Etude Princess Run participants will get the chance to win exciting prizes. Top 3 males and females from each category will receive products from Etude House, medals and Gold’s Gym membership.
Finishers will also receive a special passport which will be used as passes to the Etude Pink Fair where they can enjoy fun activities and game booths. The passport will also entitle them to special gifts and exciting freebies.
Proceeds will support the YesPinoy Foundation, an organization headed by actor Dingdong Dantes, Jr. that rally all Filipinos, of all ages and from all sectors and background, to support diverse advocacies and programs. The foundation aims to empower Filipinos to help those in need and to contribute effectively and efficiently.
One Chair, One Child #UpuanParaSaKinabukasan is YesPinoy Foundation and Lifeline Foundation Support Team, Inc., partnership to rebuild and equip a school in a community devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November last year.
Estancia, a second-class municipality in northern Iloilo, is about 135 kilometers from IloiloCity. It is known as “the Alaska of the Philippines” because of its rich and diverse marine life. However, due to overfishing, pollution and dangerous fishing methods, the waters of Estancia have of late failed to produce as much as they did in years past. The whole municipality has suffered because of this.
Different areas of Estancia were badly affected by Yolanda. For, example, the storm was so powerful that the roof of Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College was completely blown off.
One building that was severely damaged was EstanciaCentralElementary School, where more than 3,000 children study. They have endeavored to continue with their education, in spite of the terrible destruction, determined to fix their flood-ruined schoolbooks and other materials. They went back to school on November 25, 2013, among the ruins of their building. Surely, however, they deserve better.
Jose Sixto “Dingdong” Dantes, actor and founder of YesPinoy Foundation, is originally from Iloilo, and has been spearheading efforts to relief and rehabilitation in Estancia since mid-November, the first week after Yolanda struck.
One of the things that Dingdong committed to the people of Estancia is to rebuild EstanciaCentralElementary School, this will be ready by June 2014. Yes!Pinoy Foundation has donated P 1,636,164.66 to the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) for the construction of the school.
At the same time, we at Lifeline Foundation Support Team, Inc., have been increasingly aware of the need for different NGOs and CSOs to collaborate and work hand in hand in the process of rebuilding Yolanda affected areas. The magnitude of work is enormous, and no organization can do it alone. Since one of our key advocacies is education, when we were approached by Dingdong to partner with them in this project, our immediate response was, “Yes!” And so “One Child, One Chair” was born.
Who knows who’ll be sitting in these chairs one day? It could be a scientist who cures HIV/AIDS or a certain kind of cancer. It could be a peace-maker who solves our decades-long problems in Mindanao. It could even be a future President of the Republic of the Philippines. Education is the seat of the country’s future. What a privilege to be able to say, “I supported the seat of my country’s future!”
Lifeline Foundation Support Team, Inc. and Yes!Pinoy Foundation are partnering together to raise funds for the 3000 chairs needed for the new EstanciaCentralElementary School. Anyone can give toward one, two or even more chairs so the students in EstanciaCentralElementary School can have his or her very own chair!
We appeal not only to Filipinos all over the world, but also to those who are like-minded, who believe that education is the greatest leveler. It gives children everywhere an opportunity to grow to their full potential so they can have the best future possible. Education truly is an investment into the future.
Lifeline Foundation Support Team Inc (www.ineedalifeline.org) is a group of educators, artists, medical professionals, architects, students, musicians and engineers, who all have busy lives, but have one thing in common. We are people who care, dedicated to the relief of the oppressed and the empowering of the victim-minded. Lifeline Foundation, founded by Jose Luis Gonzalez, Candace Schmidt and their friends, began with a suicide prevention hotline in 2003, and within the same year started giving free medical, dental assistance, along with free food and groceries, clothes and blankets to several Mangyan tribes of Mindoro. We began to, as Filipinos, sense a greater call to a global responsibility to the human need, and we were proud to send a mission in December 2005 to war-torn Rwandain Africa. Third world helping third world, proving we have a lot to give. Our most recent endeavors involve helping the island and coastal fishing communities in northern Iloilo that were affected by the recent typhoon.
Here’s one race that will surely test your endurance not with running but in dancing. It’s similar to a fun run but in this event, you get to dance for three hours non-stop! Do you have what it takes to be the last one dancing? Please visit Dance4Life for more details.