bayani na, beauty pa!
suburban arlington heights newspaper the daily herald missed a great show this sunday. maybe mostly coz i was too oh la la, the sunset's beautiful to remember to add tonight's event to the AP's daybook. heee.

this year's theme, "bayani na, beauty pa!" for cfc's 2005 wow gk fundraising event was apt - all the event wants to do is promote gawad kalinga's goal of "building 700,000 homes in 70,000 gk communities in 7 years." and they did it by flattery and strumming heartstrings for the homeland. heee. but unlike politicos, their cause yields results and the need is tangible and real.

many of the organizers are themselves immigrants who used their free time or took time off to help stage the two-hour concert. it is a project of couples for christ illinois - so many sponsors involved non-cfc organizations and businesses. most of the performers are members of cfc's other facets - youth and sfc - as well as dance troupes, choral groups and winners of beauty pageants.

i've heard many gripes about gk - how it doesn't really solve the philippines' problems, how things won't change just so a family now has a house. how it just perpetuates the practice of building a house on land not your own - a family does have paperwork showing they live in that particular house, but they don't own the land. they own the house. if they want to sell the house, they need permission from cfc.

there are also the good sides - all of which are on the ancop web site. there's one story about housewives talking with pride about their brisk businesses with the food they grow in their backyards. but my favorite good thing about gk came from my friend andy - "it's good, because a house gives people a starting point."

i don't want to think what sort of impact one person can have when they do someone else some good - i have an idea, and after tonight's event, and others similar like it - cfc has been raving about gk for years now, since its inception five years ago - you don't want to hear it because it might loose its effectiveness.

i tried not to think about if half of something like this happened 10 years ago, i would prolly have been spared hours and hours of brooding and homesickness. :-) it was good to see friends from my many worlds there - cfc, je with pintig, hataw pinoy, and whoa who was that again that edited and wrote for the big pinoy-am chitown newspaper in skokie? i forget -

and normally i'd be totally embarrassed because of the frickin' theme - whatda hey? cheeeeesy like drippin'. eh. and then they distributed RP flags and sang "ako ay pilipino" outside during the expo, and coz they featured the ultimate tearjerker, donation-getter, help the philippines because the poor need you, the country's heroes. ahaha.

*shrugs,* i let it slide this year because i knew most of the people in the event, ahaha. i didn't want to contribute to any more floating concerns or misery - some of them already ran during the GK hero's run fundraising event, when about 50 cfc members joined the 2005 lasalle bank marathon. they had to go to practices on top of training for the marathon. ahaha - that's dedication. i'm jealous. heeee.

and then there were the booths themselves - creatively structured like the colorful houses in the various GK villages, giving you a feel of what it must be like while walking along the signature newly-paved streets lined with colorful houses. GK youth's booth was red.

pix coming soon.
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