GREENWICH, CT — This is the annual Filipino Rockfest charity event in Greenwhich.
Hosted by the Filipino-American Amateur League in Connecticut, or FALCONN, this fundraiser aims to build more schools in the most remote areas of the Philippines.
To date, FALConn has built four schools in Leyte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, and in Mindoro Occidental, providing classrooms for at least 400 school kids.
“FALConn is a 501-c3 organization,” said president Nerio Pequeno. “We help building schools in the Philippines, actually we just finished our fourth school house in Sablayan, Mindoro.”
“Naku, matuwa ka, kasi talagang, hindi lang yung bata, pati yung mga magulang nagpapasalamat, and pagnatapos yung project, nangongolekta ako ng donations para makabili kami ng school supplies, back packs, para naman pag opening kumpleto sila, libre lahat,” said charity director Relyn Consigna.
These schools also serve as shelters when calamities strike the area.
FALConn also provides for the families of these school children, by providing them much needed fishing boats.
Their goal is two-fold – RockFest also aims to promote talented Filipino rock bands in the East Coast – among them is the Kayumangi Band that’s been performing since 2013.
“Nagtutulungan kami para mapaganda yung show ng Falconn, para sa akin naman batutuwa kami ininvite kami ng Falconn every year para makapag participate dito, eto yung pwede naming ibahagi para makatulong kami sa organization so that they can also help yung ano mga nasa Philippines,” said band member Mark Valerio.
Organizers believe this is their way of giving back to their kababayans in need back home in the Philippines.
“We have to give back, kung ano man ang narating natin, ano mang meron tayo, we have to give back, share,” said Relyn Consigna.
FALConn is expecting to build a 2-classroom school in the Philippines in the next six months.