NY FilAms give their voices and hearts for Batay Bata

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

August 30, 2013 

NEW YORK CITY – Young Filipino-Americans sang their hearts out for charity at the Philippine Consulate in New York Wednesday.
 
“Kids Sing for Bantay Bata” is not only a fundraiser to benefit ABS-CBN Foundation’s social welfare programs, it’s also an awareness campaign to bring to the public’s consciousness the plight of many abused and disadvantaged children in the Philippines – and how US Pinoys could help in their own ways.
 
“It’s very important for me to use my talents to sing and give something to the children of Bantay Bata.” One of the featured singers, Jared Martin Babuschak said, “I’m going to the Philippines in December, hopefully I’m gonna do something when I’m there for Bantay bata.”
 
For 16 years now, Bantay Bata has been addressing the issue of child abuse in the Philippines – from rescuing abused children, providing them temporary housing, food and education as well as conducting abuse prevention campaigns in the community.
 
“This is how we are in Bantay Bata in the ABS Foundation, we actually stay with them, and care for them, for as long as we can,” Bantay Bata’s Program Director Tina Monzon Palma said, “and the help that we give them I think should be transforming their lives, its a very big word but that’s actually what we wanna do, we wanna be able to transform the lives of these children who have come to our attention.”
 
From talented young concert pianists to pop singer Jenn Cuneta, whose claim to fame is her e-collaboration with Paul McCartney, young kababayans selflessly lent their talents to help their young underprivileged counterparts back home.”
 
“I think it’s one of the greatest gifts of all outside of, of course, love is the best gift but if you can give someone the gift of hope, there’s nothing more you can give,” said Cuneta.
 
Bantay Bata supporters like Mount Sinai Doctor Walter Laurel and community leader Loida Nicolas Lewis not only donated some money but they also lent their time to let more people know they could help the children of Bantay Bata.
 
“There’s no group or agency that really handles or protects them and give this time and effort, that’s why after working with ABS-CBN Foundation and Bantay Bata, I realized that they’ve been doing a great job,” said Laurel.
  
The talented young Fil-Ams raised more than $15,000 for the benefit of Bantay Bata 163.
 
“I promise you that if you trust us, we will leave no stone unturned to work together with you and give our country the future it deserves, mabuhay na mabuhay na sobrang mabuhay kayong lahat, I really really love you all,” said Gina Lopez, Managing Director for ABS-CBN Foundation.
 

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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