Thursday, June 20, 2019

Street performers raise P25,000 for ‘Ompong’ victims

BUSKING FOR OMPONG. A group of local artists in Baguio City performs along Session Road to raise funds for victims of typhoon Ompong currently confined at the Baguio General Hospital. (Jean Nicole Cortes)

A TWO-DAY performance dedicated to Typhoon “Ompong” (Mankhut) victims raised P25,000 last week.

The busking was led by Pasakalye artists who performed along Session Road last week enticing passersby to donate cash for typhoon victims confined to the Baguio General Hospital (BGH).

Performers offered songs for two days, raising enough for eight patients at the BGH to augment their medical needs. The amount was turned over and divided to the patients.

Months ago, street performers raised opposition to a proposed law aiming to standardize and legalize performances through permits if they want to perform at city streets.

Citing an increasing number of street performers in Baguio City, Councilor Leandro Yangot filed a measure that will regulate and register street performers in the city.

A designated area for performance will also be assigned to zone performers and create a space dedicated for them as well as the public to enjoy.

The ordinance aims to regulate “busking” or the act of performing in public places for gratuities.

If the new law is passed, a permit must be acquired by the performers at city hall with a corresponding fee of P350 for a year.

Buskers include John Ray Nunez, Richard Dean Basa, Ryan Ubando, R.A. Dizon, Kieran Yangot, Job Chez, Marko Antonio, Erin Salez, Jherwin Libatique, Randy Gawwi, Sheryl Guinid, Joyce Mallare, Maricar Docyogen, Jaymoh Javier, Mia Jebulan, Reynaldo Pomar, Adrian and Charein.


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