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Artist & Activist to Voice Support Stopping Violence against Women at Philippine Consulate in New York

New York - Prominent Filipino artists and activists will perform the works of the award winning playwright Eve Ensler at the Philippine Center here on April 18 to support their continuing activities in the 2009 V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls.

This National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), the Philippine Consulate NY and Tinig Mamamayan production will perform the “The Vagina Monologues,” “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer” as well as “Any One of Us” and features male performers in the anti-violence discussion.

This production, spearheaded by activist, poet and director, Grace Baldisseri, will give support to the “comfort women” of Asia who were brutalized during World War II, the NaFFAA Legal Defense Fund that supports Filipino American women in domestic violence situations and the global spotlight charity, the women of Democratic Republic of Congo who are victims of atrocious acts such as rape and genital mutilation.

Ms. Baldisseri, the V-Day organizer for NY, NJ and Pennsylvania said “I have been involved in many V-Day performances and am inspired by each one in its ability to reach out to the community to participate and make a difference.” Ms. Baldisseri is not only talking about raising funds but taking action one step further by having five certified social workers/counselors on-site to support audience members and their loved ones who are now ready to have the personal discussion about domestic violence in their families and community.

Among the two dozen performers are Charmaine Clamor, a leading jazz vocalist, will also sing over her composed arrangement in tribute to the World War II “comfort women,” and M. Eveline Galang, an author and the leading activist of LOLAS’ House supporting the World War II “comfort women.”

Male participant, Merit Salud, a NaFFAA lawyer, said he is “excited about performing for the first time” to help raise funds for the Legal Defense fund. Among many other noteworthy advocacy that Merit salud is involved, he is also one of our active contributors here at Pedestrian Observer GB as this blog has been known to actively blog in support of human rights including violence against women.

Other note worthies in the cast are Amor Ilaw McGuiness, soprano, Ester Barroso, a “Miss Saigon” London broadway performer, Mia Fernandez, co-director of the performance and Secretary, Jersey City Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer B. Tjiong, martial arts master, Albert Guerzon, broadway actor, and Ernesto Gange, co-founder of NaFFAA.

This year’s cast is diverse and also includes non-Filipino Americans who are donating their time to the cause.

V-Day was founded by the playwright, Ms. Ensler and, to date, has raised over $50 million which has funded educational programs around the world. The movement has been cited by both Worth Magazine and Marie Claire as one of the leading U.S. charities.

When: April 18, 2009
5:00 PM "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer"
7:00 PM "The Vagina Monologues"
Philippine Center, The Kalayaan Hall, 556 Fifth Avenue, New York

Ticket Price: $50 for each performance

For more information, please call (917) 531-2014 or write to 18AprilShow@gmail.com for ticket arrangements.

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