By Kriztja Marae G. Labrador
A CONCERT, ALONG with booth activities, aimed at raising financial help for those affected by recent calamities was held Nov. 18 at the College of Business Administration parking lot.
“Barug Kabisay-an (Stand up Visayas), From Silliman with Love” was dedicated to the victims of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Central Visayas and super typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas.
Darrell Bryan Rosales, activity head and SUSG Socio Cultural Committee chairperson, said that they held the event to encourage students to give back and help victims, especially fellow Sillimanians from the LeySam (Leyte-Samar) organization.
“Dumaguete was not damaged, so in thanksgiving we might as well give a part of what we have to the people affected,” he said.
The concert featured various local bands such as the Bell Tower Project, TLC Band, The Calvary, J2MAD, Motion, Diane and Pipo, Pala, I-SPEC, Will-Free-Do, and Skulls and Crossbones.
Among the booths was the donation booth where people gave in cash and in kind. There was also a garage sale whose proceeds and unsold items will be sent directly to the victims.
People who wanted to offer prayers or give flowers to the altar went to the booth set up by the SU Religious Life Committee.
Another booth was the hand paint and post-it booth by the Advocacy Committee, the Social Services Committee and the Scholarship Committee. Students either wrote on post-its or had their handprints stamped on the wall as a form of dedication to the victims.
Organized by the Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) and the SU Rhoans fraternity-sorority, the activity started at 2pm and ended at 12 midnight.