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Filipino dance, music recital in Upper St. Clair raises $4K for typhoon victims

Matthew Santoni
| Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

In response to the devastation in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippine-American Performing Arts of Greater Pittsburgh turned its annual dance recital and gala into a fundraiser for disaster-relief efforts on Saturday.

Officials presented Luke Hingson, president of the Central North Side-based Brother's Brother Foundation, with a check for $4,000 raised from the recital in Upper St. Clair High School,which featured traditional Filipino dance, music and fashion. Several hundred people attended the event.

“We continue to urge people to send donations to Brother's Brother Foundation,” said Marissa Morrison, spokeswoman for PAPAGP.

Brother's Brother has been working with the Philippine American Medical Society of Western Pennsylvania to provide short-term and long-term assistance with medicine and supplies to areas affected by the typhoon. It raised more than $130,000 as of the weekend.

The Filipino government estimated that more than 4,000 people were killed by the typhoon, with nearly 19,000 injured, 1,600 missing and nearly 400,000 people still being served in evacuation shelters for the displaced or homeless.

The group's dance troupe will perform in more fundraising events for typhoon relief, although details still are being finalized, Morrison said.

Meanwhile, other local groups with Filipino ties are planning similar fundraisers:

• The Ryer Martial Arts Academy will host a workshop on Filipino martial arts from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the academy on Centre Avenue in Shadyside. Master instructor Zach Whitson, who has studied under Filipino martial artist Ciriaco “Cacoy” Canete, will conduct an introductory class to Filipino warrior culture and martial arts, with participants' donations going to the American Red Cross's relief efforts in the Pacific.

• The University of Pittsburgh's Filipino Students Association and the Asian InterVarsity organization will host a Help the Philippines Charity Dinner from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in NorthWay Church on McKee Place in Oakland. Admission will be $10, which will go to the American Red Cross.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or

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