Friday, November 15, 2013


A Benefit Concert for Typhoon Victims 
in the Philippines

THE Traveling Bonfires holds a fundraise event on Dec 5, Thursday, for typhoon victims in the Philippines. The organization, which made Asheville its home in the last 12 years, was formed in the Philippines in the 1980s.

     Billed “Soup, Songs, Solidarity: A Benefit Concert for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines,” the event features local performers Malcolm Holcombe, Daniel Barber, Aaron LaFalce, Pipapelli, and poets Laura Hope Gill, Caleb Beissert and Pasckie Pascua. Emcee is Jadwiga McKay and Caleb Beissert.
     Cover is $18 at the door ($15 in advance), $10 for students with ID, $5 for children under 12. There will also be a Silent Auction. Soup and other traditional Filipino food will also be served. (To purchase tickets in advance, go to:
     Beneficiary of the proceeds is the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (, a non-governmental organization and institution formed in 1952 in order to assist the poor members of society in the Philippines.
     Typhoon Hiayan, considered the strongest typhoon to land this year, has claimed thousands of lives in the southern provinces of the Philippines. Half a million people are without homes and cold due to continuous rains and flooding. Food, safe water, and medicines are also scarce. Millions more are adversely affected.
     Attendees to the show are enjoined to bring used clothes, blankets, and canned goods to the typhoon victims. The Traveling Bonfires sends boxes of goodies to the Philippines on a monthly basis. Typhoons visit the islands more than a dozen times each—though Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest and most destructive, so far.

     The TBonfires' centerpiece project is the spring to summer Bonfires for Peace at Pritchard Park” in downtown Asheville, a concert gathering for family and community. The program, which held its 11th year this year, also had parallel events in Baltimore, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Manila and Baguio City in the Philippines through the years.     
     Founded by journalist Pasckie Pascua in Manila in the turbulent 80s, the Traveling Bonfires has made Asheville its home since moving here from New York City in 2002. It had a two-year sojourn in Los Angeles from 2007 to 2009, “but Asheville is our home barrio, this is where we belong,” explains Pascua.
     The Traveling Bonfires' events enjoyed the support of local Asheville businesses, organizations, and individuals. Projects have benefited non-profit organizations that work with at-risk youths, families of the disappeared, orphan and disaster victims. For more info, or call Marta Osborne at 828 280 2309 or email

[Photos by Reuter]

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