Set list!

Here are the first set of artists scheduled to perform on Jan. 25! Maraming salamat for sharing your talent with us!

New Friends

Members of the band has been performing for the last 30 years and they have come together in the last few months. They are so excited to perform for Haiyan!



This New Jersey native started his performance career at the age of 13. He has attended The American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy in New York and holds a BA in Theater from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

For the past decade he has featured, performed, and educated around the nation in over 150 schools, colleges, and venues. The most notables being Florida State University, Rutgers University, Duke University, Madison Square Garden, The Legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York, and the historical Green Mill in Chicago.

As a pioneer for the youth movement in New Jersey he would be on the 2006 New Jersey Youth Slam Team in HBO’s Brave New Voices, be ranked top 20 in the 2007 New York Knicks Poetry Slam Series, and in 2009 became the Southern Fried Regional Individual Poetry Slam Champion, earning him the title “King of the South”.

He currently resides in Chicago as an aspiring improv artist who currently studies at iO Theater, The Annoyance Theater, and Second City.

Jay Kinder

Close up magician / sleight of hand artist.


Photography by Beata

Hello! My name is Beata, and I was born in Poland but grew up here in the United States. Throughout my journey, I have had many life experiences but there was one that sparked my love for photography. It was the day my beautiful daughter Jade was born. This made me realize that life can be simple and filled with love. Love is my inspiration. I enjoy spending time with family, and taking photographs to capture those simple life moments that mean the most. Now that my other two children are grown, I have found more time for myself and can work on perfecting my craft. Portraits are my specialty (headshots, children, groups ect.). I am based in Bloomingdale, IL and cannot wait to work with you!


Philippine-American Cultural Foundation Performing Arts

PACF Performing Arts is dedicated to spreading awareness and celebration of the Philippine culture through dance, music and more!


When Ned Left

With both classical influence and eclectic folk jazz, When Ned Left is more than ready to rock the house down for Haiyan!


Carlos Cousiño 

The great choreographer and dancer will be gracing us with the smooth steps of Michael Jackson!


Party Fun Entertainment

Party Fun – is just having Fun
– Airbrush Face and Body Painting (temporary Tattoo)
– Hosting for Parties /birthdays/events
– Hosting for Games and kids Magic tricks
– Providing Photo booth for parties and events


Big Hugs Photo Booth

Big Hugs Photo booth believes that you deserve the best for your special day. Our vision is focused on three values – Creativity. Fun. Quality.

Big Hugs Photo booth offers an artistic touch to your photo needs. It is one of the best photo booth providers in Chicago. Even on unique occasions, Big Hugs finds way to cater to your photo needs.

Our styles are inspired by people’s daily lives. We don’t settle with simple designs, we focus on creativity for our customers.

Various templates are provided and designed to suit your needs. With a wide range of style options, we allow you to even incorporate your own design. The produced pictures from high end printing technology and digital photography will definitely be a memory to remember for the rest of your lives.

Whatever occasion that would be – wedding, birthday, prom, senior night, bachelor’s party, reunions, school events, etc. – we are sure to capture the beautiful memories. Modern and classic old-school style, whichever you prefer, we are sure to deliver.

We are a team of trained designers and expert photographers who will make your photos and imagination come to life. When you choose us, you choose the best!


April Garcia

April has been a professional vocalist for over 20 years. She graduated from Northern Illinois University, where she earned a minor in vocal performance. She performs in the styles of pop, showtunes, big band, classical, and jazz. April has been a member and featured vocalist of several Chicago Fil-Am bands, including AZN Rhythm, Fab 5, Above and Beyond, and Ladies Choice. She is a cantor and a member of the “Sambayanihan” Filipino-American choir at St. Mary’s Church in Huntley, IL. In addition, April is also part of the Filipino Musicians of Chicago (FMOC), where she is an active board member.


Carlonina Davis

With an archive of over 300 songs and ranked number 1 on reverbnation as well as has over 130,000 views on youtube; this Soul/R&b/Singer/Songwriter/Composer/Producer and Model has been putting her mark on the map since she could remember; being apart of musicals, recitals, talents show and majoring in college for voice performance Carolina is also trained to sing opera. She was awarded Tri-M; which is a Music Honor Society for excelled musicians. Through that society she sung the national anthem at basketball games and at different events around the area. Her song title “I Have Hate” was aired on Chicago Radio in March of 2013 and now has been broadcast on many radio stations throughout the Chicago land area and in Virginia. For over 3 years Carolina has been touring consistently original pieces in the Chicago and has worked for over a dozen fashions designers in just 2013 and now has Chicago designers wanting to create outfits for her shows. In November of 2013 she opened for Atlantic Records artist Kevin Lyttle at the Enigma Lounge. Not only does Carolina do the creative side of things; she markets, promotes, brands and is an entrepreneur with many fresh ideas. She was the only black student in her class to graduate with honors as well as she is an advocate to empower teens and women to be powerful figures. In 2014 she will be performing in Amsterdam at “The Festival” (TBA). As well as currently released her first EP titled “Strip My Mind” which displays raw vocals with lyrically intense content and a creative music video behind it. “ I want my music to be relatable. I like to paint a picture in the listeners mind.” Carolina stated.

In 2012 she was featured as “Artist of the week” in the project fresh American Entertainment News in San Diego, CA. In 2011 Carolina Davis received music reviews from Leslie J. Bialik a European music executive, Emmy award winner Christopher Ewing of the Indie music channel and producer Stuart Epps, who is credited for working with Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Barry White and now he co produced Carolina’s song “Hardest Part”

Growing up Carolina was surrounded by a great deal of music and fashion. Her mother was a strong music lover and would play all types of music, which gained Carolina‘s attention. Being a person who kept to herself; she found music to be a way to express her feelings and to get away into her own world. At a very young age Carolina got involved with music in every way that she could. She studied her craft by taking voice, acting and modeling training. She has been in countless Runway shows, windowing modeling as well as print and winning model of the year award with Victor Miller Fashion.

In 2010-2011 Carolina furthered her career by being an intern for Onnie Music Record label in Chicago, IL where she gained knowledge of the music industry business wise as well as performance wise. This same year Carolina explore new opportunities and that is when she recorded an album with producer Kenny Coleman from Chicago, IL. She has worked with other great producers such as Stereo Grey who has worked with Aaliyah, Maxwell, Smashing Pumpkins and so on as well as Tremaine Smith who has worked with many Chicago artist.

In 2008, Carolina was flown to Los Angeles to partake in a talent competition called I.M.T.A(International Modeling and Talent Association). While there for a week she competed in modeling, acting and singing. She got the attention of Marc Williams from Indasoul Records where they recorded a demo tape for one of her songs she wrote/composed called “Be Free“.

Carolina thrives to get her music heard globally and for people to be inspired, motivated and touched by her music and lyrics. . Carolina states in the PFresh – Project Fresh American Entertainment News San Diego Magazine, “It’s that simple. Just some “feel good and relatabe” music when people can sit back and get inspired and reminisce about what’s being heard…”-Carolina Davis


Jennifer Ligaya

Jennifer Ligaya, singer, songwriter, spoken word artist, dancer, performer, lover of all things creative and inspired, that provoke thought and movement, seen or unseen, honored to be able to share my gifts on many platforms, and collaborate with many different artist. Sometimes caught writing and driving, I am currently working on my debut EP, which will include the current singles titled “Money”, and “Vacation”, both available on Im on social media too! Jennifer Ligaya on all of them! May creativity bring us together!


Samasama Project
Chicago, IL
Lou Cabalona, lead singer.  Baron Cabalona, bass.  Ran Sevilla, guitar.  Josh Torres, drums. Ben Corpus, Keyboard. Louis Tan, drums. Jun Rodriguez, saxophone. Freddie Rodriguez, trumpet. Hope Littwin, Sarah Robinson.

SamaSama Project was launched as one of Chicago’s premiere Filipino Folk Fusion band after their very successful concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music in 2008. Over the years, the talented group led by Baron Lloyd Cabalona, a versatile musician and arranger and wife, Lou Maningas Cabalona, a TV & theater actress and commercial model in Asia and in the US along with talented musicians Ran Sevilla, Ben Corpus, Jun Rodriguez, Freddie Rodriguez, and Louis Tan, have made their mark showcasing a fusion of Filipino traditional folk and contemporary music at many notable venues such as Navy Pier and the Chicago Cultural Center among others. “SamaSama” translated as “united, together” truly live up to their name with yearly major concerts that always feature collaborations with various local artists and musicians and consistently perform to a sold out audience.

In 2011, they performed in Madrid, Spain for the Pope’s World Youth Day MacroFestival Concert for over 12,000 youth and concluded a very successful run of the original Musical Rizal’s Sweet Stranger under Baron’s musical direction. They regularly perform at cultural festivals, museum shows, commercial & private engagements and occasionally open for Filipino Celebrities most recently with The Sessionistas and comedian Rex Navarette. Last year, they shared the stage with none other than Broadway Diva and Disney Legend, Ms. Lea Salonga. SamaSama Project will be launching first album in 2014 with another major concert.

Inspired by the drive to promote Culture through music and the arts, SamaSama Project continue to captivate audiences with music that transcends all boundaries.

SamaSama Project is incredibly excited be one of the moving force of the Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations Project. Catch them next at the HAIYAN FUNDRAISER MUSIC+ARTS FAIR on Jan 25, 2014 at the Copernicus Center Annex. Fore more info, contact us or visit

Visit the following links for more info:


Chicago, IL
Ginger Leopoldo, Louis Pascasio

The Center for Immigrant Resources and Community Arts (CIRCA) – Pintig, is proud to be celebrating its 23rd Anniversary Season in 2014! With a mission to serve as a voice of the Filipino American community by engaging in active cultural work – using art as a means to celebrate the community’s rich history and culture, we produce works that resonate in the hearts of our artists and audiences.

We are delighted to announce our upcoming 2014 Season:


Around the World in 8 Folktales
co-production with ThinkGlobal Arts

Premiering on March 15, 2014 at
Madden Theatre in Naperville, IL

Migrant Diaries: Two One-Act plays
March 21-April 6

by Giovanni Ortega
an autobiographical sketch of Filipino labor organizer turned poet Carlos Bulosan

Looking for Darna
by Lani Montreal
a young woman’s search for her inner superhero

Scent of Apples: A trilogy
May 17-June 8

From the short stories of Bienvenido Santos featuring
Scent of Apples, The Day the Dancers Came and
Immigration Blues.
Adapted by Larry Leopoldo
We Won’t Pay
October 3-26
Adaptation of Dario Fo’s play on capitalism

Plus our series of monthly staged readings and cultural beats featuring local Fil-Am artists and those from across the country!

Join us for an exciting year of plays and cultural events that celebrate the community’s history and culture!

More info:

  • Louie Pascasio, Executive Director, (312) 451-6974


Bless Castro Peterson
Chicago, IL

Bless has been performing professionally since the age of 2. Bless has sung for political campaigns for President George Bush, Sr., President Bill Clinton, Mayor Richard Daley, the late Mayor Harold Washington, Michael Dukakis & Reverend Jesse Jackson, Michael Bolton at Rosemont Horizon in 1993 New Year’s Eve Concert & has played in many large venues in Illinois, such as the Park West, Grant Park Petrillo Band Shell, Taste of Chicago’s Grant Park, Field Museum, Rizal Center & Navy Pier to name a few. Majority of her performances have been in the mainstream from Tom Joyner Morning Show to the Oprah Show. She sings Pop, Rock, R&B, Broadway tunes, Classical and Jazz. Bless has toured in US, Canada, Philippines, performed also for CPRTV, corporate & private functions, various recording, radio/television commercial jingles.

Visit the following links for more info:

Filipino Cultural dance Troupe of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
Margie Hemley, Hazel Graesser, Jennifer Eicher, Grace SaDios, Dyna Gillick
Tentative dances: Kandalamat dance, Tiboli dance, Sayaw sa Cuyo

We would like to give a special shout-out to this dance troupe for being one of the first to respond to a call for artists – all the way from Iowa! Maraming salamat!

The Filipino Cultural Dance Troupe of Iowa is based in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, is composed of Filipinas whose love of dance brought them together. It’s main goal is to showcase Philippine culture through the performance of Filipino traditional and tribal dances. The group tries to stick to tradition in choreography and costumes. In their spare time outside work, the members tend to their families, pets and garden.

More info:


Defensor Method Kali Eskrima Academy of Chicago
Niles, IL
Guro Nate Defensor, Adelle Jackson, Crystle Dino, Grace Saeko, Paul Day, Sid Stein, Warren Granada, Jessie Santiago, Kat Krische, Vince Blangue

Defensor Method of Filipino Martial Arts is a complete system that enables you to turn your whole body and anything around you as a weapon. These arts are thought to be weapon based only but in actuality it is a complete system of self-defense. You will learn fighting drills using the stick, knife, staff and the whole body as a weapon.

Guro Nate Defensor has been teaching the “”Defensor Method”” of Filipino-Indonesian Martial Arts for 30 years in the Chicagoland area. Defensor Method is a combination of Inayan System, Pekiti-Tirsia, Inosanto Blend, Tobosa/Villabrille System, Pusaka Dwipantara Silat, Jalur Putih Pencak Silat, Doce Pares Eskrima, Derobio, Balintawak, Ilongo Style, Muay-Thai, & Kuntao.

Visit the following links for more info:


Faceless Soul
Chicago, IL
Roel Tongol, vocals. Pete, lead guitar. Ryan, rhythm guitar. Bass, Aldin. Mervin, Drums.
Tentative set list: Replica, Sleepless Nights, Gising

A new collaboration of musician’s from the band Abakus, Abandon roscoe, band pillbox and Lauren wolf comes with a different sound.

Visit the following links for more info:


Priane Gunabe
Streamwood, IL
Priane Gunabe, Bless Peterson
Tentative set list: That’s What Friends are For, Don’t Stop Believing

Being that I’m from a family of music talent. Music is a big part of my life. Since age 4, I’ve played the piano and violin. I’ve always loved to sing but didn’t start singing in front of people until I was 21 years old. Better late than never.. I started singing at karaoke bars with a group of friends and that started my passion for singing and where my story begins. With the encouragement of my family and friends, I started to venture out of my “”karaoke scene”” and performed at charity events and private functions, such as Martini Club and Capitol Club for Eddie Plurad.

More info: E-mail Priane Gunabe


Haiyan ang afFAIR: Click on the link above to join our Jan. 25 fundraiser, HAIYAN FUNDRAISER MUSIC AND ARTS FAIR

Haiyan ang afFAIR: Click on the link above to join our Jan. 25 fundraiser, HAIYAN FUNDRAISER MUSIC AND ARTS FAIR



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