Sunday, October 25, 2009


Walk for Autism 2009

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

2000 Gene Autry Way

Anaheim, CA 92806

Check-In is at 8:00AM

Walk starts at 9:30AM

Event info at



By AJ Rafael & Jasmine Rafael

TEAM MUSIC SPEAKS has an important mission, aiming to spread awareness about Autism, and encourage action that would improve the conditions of the lives and families that it affects. A personal experience that inspired this goal is when my nephew, Nathan, was diagnosed with Autism when he was about two years old. Despite his condition, Nathan is a loving, fun, and active child who is very responsive to all of us, and is born with the love of music and dance. The more we love and watch over Nathan as he grows older, the more frustrating it can be knowing that his peers will never fully understand his situation, and these misunderstandings could lead to prejudice and pain for him throughout his life. "Music Speaks" means utilizing the gifts of Music and Dance to inspire those fortunate enough to be born without autism to speak out for those who were, by being aware of their condition and taking action towards improving their living conditions and perhaps even uncovering the mystery behind its cause.

Did you know…

1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism

1 in 94 boys is on the autism spectrum

67 children are diagnosed per day

A new case is diagnosed almost every 20 minutes

Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood


Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism

There is no medical detection or cure for autism

(note: if you are donating less than $20 you cannot donate through the website, please donate using the widget above)



o click on “register”

o then click “join a team”

o select “Music Speaks

o follow on-screen instructions

How to donate to TEAM MUSIC SPEAKS:

-If you are a member

o Log in and donate online

-If you are not a member

o Donate through or using the “Walk for Autism” Widget

§ Use your PayPal account or Credit Card

o Mail your payment (make checks payable to Autism Speaks and make sure to write Team Music Speaks on memo line)

§ AJ Rafael – Team Music Speaks
12625 Frederick St
STE I-5 #303
Moreno Valley, CA

o Give cash donation to a member for them to bring to the walk and/or turn in online

-Any additional donations you can bring to the walk

Guideline to raising $250 for Team Music Speaks

Put in your own contribution of $25………… $25

Ask your significant other for $25…………… $50

Ask a friend for $25………………………..…. $75

Ask a neighbor for $25…………………….…. $100

Ask a relative for $25………………………… $125

Ask your boss or a coworker for $25………. $150

Ask your doctor for $25……………………… $175

Ask your hair stylist or barber for $25……… $200

Ask your local merchant for $25………….… $225

Ask your dentist for $25………………...…… $250

Thank you all so much. It means the a whole to me. God bless...


Thursday, October 22, 2009


friendship games halftime show. 10/24 at 1PM w/Lydia Paek & more

MAKE MUSIC FOUNDATION T.U.N.E. 10/24 (same night):

Arcadia Presbyterian Church. It is located at:
121 Alice Ave
Arcadia, CA 91006
Doors will open at 7:00.

-Featuring local Arcadia talent
-Special guests: AJ Rafael, Jennifer Chung, Feats in Inches, Paige Stark, Sam Hart, Clara Chung, and Tom Ngo
-Ticket price: $10 presale/will call, $12 at the door

How will call works: FOR WILL CALL, the purchaser(s) can email us at MAKEMUSICFOUNDATION@GMAIL.COM, and leave their name, school, and birthdate so that we can identify them on the night of the concert.

OCTOBER 27th: SPAHM Showcase @ CalState Northridge
zoo crew, jonathan bechere, tasha mendez, v.ent, & more
7PM to 11PM
CSU Northridge Performing Arts Center

October 29th: UCI w/Gabe Bondoc! Pilipino American History Month Closing Ceremony
  • Location: UC Irvine Student Center - Crystal Cove Auditorium
  • Date: Thursday, October 29th, 2009
  • Event start: 7:00pm
  • Event end: 10:00pm
NOVEMBER 1st: Fil-Am History Month's Closing Ceremony at University of Florida

7:00pm at the Reitz Union Amphitheatre at UF


more to come! thanks yall <3


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Benefit Concert with Lea Salonga, Quest, & more!

please come support! all ages event! ya'll already know there will be lots of old filipinos there so please come support all the artists and most especially the cause, we need to involve the youth!



Glendale , California – October, 2009 - “We Are One!”, a one-night only benefit concert to raise funds for typhoons Ondoy and Parma disaster relief in the Philippines, will be held on Thursday, October 22 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California beginning at 6:00pm. Typhoon Ondoy violently struck Manila and portions of neighboring provinces on September 25 causing massive flooding and more devastation than Hurricane Katrina. Hundreds of people have died with many more still missing and hundreds of thousands have been displaced by the destruction to homes and property. Just last week, typhoon Parma devastated the mountain regions of Northern Luzon , causing landslides and additional flooding and adding to the on-going fatality count.

The evening will include appearances by actress/singer NIA PEEPLES (“Fame”, “Walker Texas Ranger” “ North Shore ”) and actor MARK DACASCOS (ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, “The Crow”). Scheduled to perform are legendary singer and actress KUH LEDESMA, actors/singers/musicians THE BASCO BROTHERS, spoken word artist ARIANNA BASCO, singer TORI BERBA, actor/singer/comedian/director BERNARDO BERNARDO, jazz vocalist MON DAVID, LITO VILLAREAL and ANTOINE REYNALDO DIEL of the “Three Filipino Tenors”, R&B singer/songwriter J-RICZ, Pinoy pop/rock band THE INTROVOYS, singers BAMBI LOPEZ and MARICAR CABRERA, modern dance artist JOANNE MALLILLIN, acapella group PRIME NOTE ENSEMBLE, “YouTube” sensation singer/songwriter/musician AJ RAFAEL, heavy metal band SCARRED, rising singing sensation EDSEL GODWIN SOTIANGCO, singer/actress ANTOINETTE TAUS, performer LARA AVENGOZA ,student group USC TROY PHILIPPINES and contemporary Christian group BOCES.

“America’s Best Dance Crew” champions QUESTCREW (Season 3) and WE ARE HEROES (newly crowned champions of Season 4) will be on hand as well as Tony Award winning singer and actress LEA SALONGA, to perform a couple of songs. “So many artists contacted me when typhoon Ondoy hit asking if they could be a part of a benefit to raise monies for disaster relief,” said producer/director Ted Benito, “that the response from our Filipino and Filipino-American talent has been overwhelming. Thank goodness there have been and will continue to be many benefits and fundraisers for our talent to participate. Everyone has been so giving of their time and talent and Lea Salonga was so kind and gracious to take time from her current tour to be with us that evening.”

Hosts for “We Are One!” include KTLA News anchor CHER CALVIN, acclaimed Philippine director MICHAEL DE MESA and actress, singer, dancer, model GISELLE TONGI. “You can expect a few surprise guests,” hinted Benito, “but the main reason we are there is to raise funds for the victims of typhoons Ondoy and Parma .” JANNELLE SO, the host and producer of KSCI’s “Kababayan L.A.” who will emcee a part of the evening, is also organizing a silent auction at the Alex Theatre with all the proceeds going to the Kapuso Foundation. “So far, we have a wonderful creation from designer Oliver Tolentino, art pieces, fantastic jewelry and gift baskets,” said So, “and there are more items being donated everyday. Hopefully, we can add a lot more to the net proceeds from the concert.”

GMA Pinoy TV’s Jush Andowitt contacted Benito last week when he heard “We Are One!” was going to be produced and offered to tape the benefit for broadcast on GMA Pinoy TV. “We are excited about being a part of this concert,” said Andowitt “because we will have the opportunity to televise it, beginning first with our affiliate stations in the U.S. and Canada , and then afterwards, through our GMA Pinoy TV affiliates around the globe. We want to show the concert so we can solicit additional donations for direct disaster relief through GMA Pinoy TV’s Kapuso Foundation.” In addition, PNB-RCI (Philippine National Bank) Remittance Services will be on hand at the concert to process direct remittances of donations to the Philippines . “Audience members can remit donations to the Kapuso Foundation on the spot,” explained Andowitt, “and those who are not ready can just walk into any PNB branches and remit to the Kapuso Foundation with all charges waived until Saturday, October 31.” One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the concert and silent auction will be donated to the Kapuso Foundation for direct assistance for the victims.

Tickets will be available at the ALEX THEATRE BOX OFFICE on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 by calling 818-243-2539 , by visiting their website at WWW.ALEXTHEATRE.ORG or by visiting the Alex Theatre Box Office (Wednesdays through Sundays at 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, California 91203). Mastercard, Visa and AmEx cards welcome. Additional tickets and information as well as reservations are available by calling the “We Are One!” ticket hotline at 818-433-6711.


WHAT: “We are One!” A concert to benefit victims of typhoons Ondoy and Parma

with Lea Salonga, Kuh Ledesma, Nia Peeples, Mon David, Bernardo Bernardo, ABDC Crews “QuestCrew” and “We Are Heroes”, The Basco Brothers, Arianna Basco, Antoinette Taus, Maricar Cabrera, The Introvoys, Bambi Lopez, J-Ricz, Edsel Godwin Sotiangco, Tori Berba, Prime Note Ensemble, Joanne Mallillin, Boses, USC Troy Philippines, Lito Villareal, Lara Avengoza, Scarred, Antoine Reynaldo Diel, AJ Rafael, Cher Calvin, Giselle Tongi, Michael de Mesa and Jannelle So.

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2009 at 7:00pm

WHERE: The Alex Theatre

216 North Brand Boulevard , Glendale , CA. 91203

TICKETS: $25.00, $35.00, Limited $50.00 VIP


818.243.ALEX or via website at WWW.ALEXTHEATRE.ORG


TICKET HOTLINE: 818.433.6711