BenefEAT for a Cause, a fund raising event by St. Luke’s Corridor of Hope Global City, Inc., Kahuna Bistro Makati, and Rotary Club of Boracay, pulled off successfully its 2-Sunday benefit dinner last October 16 and October 23 respectively.
BenefEAT did not only raise funds for indigent cancer patients but it also raised awareness of Breast Cancer. Everyone came in their own shades of pink to show support and unity as fighters of this dreaded disease. Pink ribbon has been the international symbol of breast cancer. Philippines is said to have the highest incidence of the disease in whole of Asia. A mini bazaar was set up at the back of the place where various merchandise were displayed. Proceeds from the bazaar will also benefit the indigent patients.
The guest artists of the October 16 event were Rico Bautista (an up and coming singer/songwriter who debuted with his first self titled album last September), Ms. Rachel Alejandro, and Ms.Sitti Navarro. Tickets were all sold out even before the day of the event. Rico Bautista set the mood with his rendition of “The Scientist” and his original song “PaulitUlit” as he also took on the keyboards. Ms. Rachel Alejandro sang a cover of “Don’t Stop Believing” which was a fitting opening song to pump up the night. She also sang her hit song “Kay Tagal” which made the 80’s and 90’s babies in the crowd sang along. Ms. Rachel Alejandro etched her signature on the pink guitar donated by PallCare Inc. which was later auctioned among the crowd. Ms.Sitti Navarro, on the other hand, swooned the crowd with her Bossa Nova renditions of “Tattoed on My Mind”, “I Want it That Way”, “Thank you” and her OPM hit “Para Sa Akin”.
October 23 turned out to be a completely different night because of the genre of music the guest artists offered.Ms. Marissa Sanchez made everyone laughed their hearts out and even led some to step out of their seats and danced to her rhythm. She also did ask audience participation when she sampled some moves from the viral dance hit “Trumpets”. When she started belting out “I’ll Never Go”, she passed on the mic to some guests who obliged themselves to sing along with her. Ms. Lou Bonnevie also left the crowd wanting more after her rock-acoustic renditions of “Stand By Me”, “Walking on Sunshine”, “You’ve got a Friend”, “Come Together”, and “SimplengBabae”. She also showcased her guitar skills with her guitarman Sammy Asunsion.
BenefEAT was made possible by its sponsors: Boysen Philippines, Kiwanis International, The Sexy Chef, Panlilio’s Bags, Rebel Media, and Wheninmanila.com. St. Luke’s Corridor of Hope Global City is a cancer support group based in St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City. It is a group joined by group of cancer survivors and fighters along with their care givers and family members. The group meets regularly once a month and offers to help its enrolled indigent cancer patients meet their cancer-related needs. To know more about the free service it offers, please call 789-7700 local 2114 or 2115 or visit its Facebook page St. Luke’s Corridor of Hope GC.