Groups of artists and cultural workers collaborated on a solidarity and fundraising activity to help typhoon-ravaged communities in the Bicol region. Spearheaded by the Concerned Artists of the Philippines Bicol Chapter together with U.S. based community theater group, Circa Pintig and Bicol-based organizations, The Kindness Station, Matugtog Kita and Kurit-Lagiting, they launched the fundraiser #TindogBicol through an online event which was streamed live via facebook on Sunday.
During the live event, videos and photos courtesy of individuals in communities affected by the wrath of typhoon Rolly were shown. There were also performances, and artworks as well as calls and solidarity messages demanding from the government to prioritize immediate needs of the communities instead of band-aid solutions. The groups also called to channel resources in the Bicol region where people are in dire need of support and attention after the impacts of typhoon Rolly.
The typhoon first made landfall in Bato town, Catanduanes province. There were also significant damages in Albay, and Camarines provinces. A volcanic mudflow damaged homes in the municipality of Guinobatan in Albay which was hit with the lahar flow triggered by the onslaught of Super Typhoon Rolly. In Sorsogon province, badly hit were the towns of Donsol, Pilar, and Castilla.
The Concerned Artists of the Philippines is an organization of Philippine artists and cultural workers. It is committed to advancing freedom of expression and the people’s movement for justice, nationalism and democracy during this time of heightened attacks against our rights. The Concerned Artists of the Philippines Bicol Chapter is one of its newest chapters formed in October 2020, composed of artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers and cultural workers from various disciplines that works toward a nationalist, people-oriented art and culture.
Interested donors may visit the CAP Bicol’s official facebook page for details on how to help.
For more information, please contact:
Gerald Jintalan (CAP Bicol/Kurit-Lagting)