Lang-ay concert aids dialysis patients

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Sunday, March 31, 2013


BONTOC, Mt. Province -- Four dialysis patients are recipients of the proceeds of a concert-for-a-cause scheduled 10 p.m. of April 6-7 at the multipurpose building here.

The concert is part of the lined up activities of the 46th Mountain Province Foundation Day and 9th Lang-ay festival in this capital town from April 1 to 8.

Concert beneficiaries are Lea Talangnan, 25, from Talubin, Bontoc; Benedict Mek-eng, 32, from Monamon Sur, Bauko; Dhimar Daguio, 30, from Balaoa, Tadian; and Jacel Danggalan from Paracelis. They are currently undergoing dialysis treatments two to three sessions a week.

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One dialysis treatment costs P2,500 per session.

Factory worker Talangnan is undergoing dialysis for two years already. The eldest among five siblings, she quit her work and stopped supporting her younger brothers and sisters in their studies when she was hit by kidney failure.

Vegetable farmer Mek-eng undergoes dialysis twice a month for almost three years. Both Mek-eng and wife are vegetable farmers.

Board passer Daguio is a graduate of Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology degree. He undergoes dialysis twice a month and has a scheduled kidney transplant from his brother.

The concert features long-time favorite Igorot musician and composer Bryan Aliping from Bauko who is known for his songs Wada san Timpuyog, among other old time favorites.

Aliping will be backed up by the Perfect Hearts Band composed of musicians from Mountain Province.

Other performers are album holders Alicia Padalla from Tadian, Rizelle Soliba from Bauko-Sagada, and Jessa Valdez from Barlig who will render their original compositions.

Other musicians from Mountain Province will also perform, including Arnold Palomo and local journalist Ferdinand Castaneda from Bontoc, singing lawyer and Mayor Anthony Wooden from Tadian, long time musician Albert Basilan from Paracelis-Natonin, young artist Gwaine Busaing from Sagada, MPSPC school bands -- Band Aid and Khiyag, and Katribu Youth.

The concert is sponsored by the Supreme Student Council in coordination with the governors league and legislative officers of MPSPC, with the support of the Mountain Province Provincial Government led by Governor Leonard Mayaen and Vice Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 01, 2013.

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