MusiKARAMAY: Street Music for a Cause Raised Funds for Mayon Volcano Evacuees

Mayon Volcano’s eruption could take weeks or even months, and the supply of basic necessities for our brothers and sisters in Albay are limited. The local government is appealing to kind hearted individuals and organizations for assistance as they go through with this calamity.

Mount Mayon spews ashes January 22 / Photo: Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara’s Facebook Page

Musikaramay, in partnership with Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc., organized a fund raising activity to help our fellow Albayanos. Several groups of musicians played for a cause in Centris Walk, Quezon City, from 3:00 PM onwards until midnight. Different people from different walks of life participated in this movement solely dedicated to helping the Albayanos.

D’Papas playing for MusiKARAMAY Para Sa Albay / Photo courtesy of Japs Ramiscal

Android-18 rocking out for MusiKARAMAY Para Sa Albay / Photo courtesy of Japs Ramiscal

The band Newlight playing for MusiKARAMAY Para Sa Albay / Photo courtesy of Japs Ramiscal

Madeline for MusiKARAMAY Para Sa Albay / Photo courtesy of Japs Ramiscal

The bands who participated from that day aside from the photos shown above are The Hybrid Project, K247, Blue Rascals, Jensen & The Flips, Crib, Mico Swabe, The Storyteller Project, Miro Valera, and of course, Climax.

Max Guerrero from the band Climax / Photo courtesy of Japs Ramiscal

The busking was unlike any typical solicitation. There was simply a donation box in front of the stage and some volunteers doing rounds to spread awareness about the event. With top-notch performers that day, the fund raising was also a free concert for everyone. All donations – big or small – that came from the heart of those who came to watch the show, and even bystanders, were graciously received and appreciated. One volunteer even shared how heart-warming it was to see people give without any hesitations upon learning that the donations were for the Albayanos. 

A child gives a donation for the Albayanos / Photo courtesy of Japs Ramiscal

With the generosity and kind hearts of everyone that Saturday, MusiKARAMAY in partnership with Alagang Kapatid Foundation Inc. and Centris, was able to gather Php 15, 736.25 for our kababayans in Albay.

[WATCH: This guy hilariously attempts to “stop” Mt. Mayon’s ashes using his “super powers”]

Photo courtesy of Buboy Aguilar – “A child displaced by the Marawi conflict enjoys his bowl of chicken curry and rice.”

MusiKARAMAY: Building lives through street music

With endeavors of becoming real life superheroes through street music, MusiKARAMAY was established. The term is an amalgamation of the words “musika na nakikiramay”. It is a nonprofit organization that has been helping people build life through street music for over four years. Spearheaded by the band Climax along with participation from other artists in the local music industry and partner charity foundation Alagang Kapatid Foundation Inc, MusiKARAMAY’s help has touched the lives of many people, personifying bayanihan in today’s modern world.

Over the years, beneficiaries from MusiKARAMAY’s street busking and benefit concerts were Yolanda Survivors in Palo, Leyte, rehabilitation of children in Zamboanga, SAF44, children with cancer at the National Children’s Hospital, and the indigenous kids in Subic who received raincoats, boots, and umbrellas. To date, MusiKARAMAY together with Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc. also sponsors 20 scholars at the Blessed Ville Special School in Cavite.

Just recently, with the MusiKARAMAY Basketball League: 3×3 Para sa Marawi, the team was able to raise funds to help our internally displaced brothers and sisters in Marawi.

Climax Band [From L-R Stanley Seludo (drummer), Max Guerrero (vocalist), Oman Peradilla (bassist)

Climax on leading MusiKARAMAY

The band Climax has initiated this community of real life superheroes. Besides appealing to the audience with their music, the band also makes a distinctive impression to all the spectators. If you happen to see a band with the front man wearing a mask throughout the entire show, you know what I’m talking about. Not once has their lead vocalist, Max Guerrero, faltered and showed his face to their audience.

Why the Mask? If this, too, has crossed your mind – no, he’s not Zorro. At their gigs, the front man of the band would sometimes mention the reason behind the mask – it is to embody their advocacy of being real-life superheroes.

See, not all heroes wear capes – some wear masks and play music.

Photo courtesy of Japs Ramiscal

Be a real life superhero and join MusiKARAMAY in building a league of real life superheroes through street music.

Please reach out to MusiKARAMAY/Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc. for donations or sponsorships to the beneficiaries:

All proceeds were given to Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc. for distribution to the beneficiaries.
All photos by Japs Ramiscal


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