Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ely Buendia sings for PETA's endowment fund campaign

This September, Buendia performs his greatest hits in a solo concert with a 12-piece band at The PETA Theater Center. The concert, entitled "Ely Buendia Sings for PETA," is part of Philippine Educational Theater Association's (PETA) Endowment Fund Campaign, which aims to raise funds in time for the theater company's 50th Anniversary in 2017.

Buendia's music defined a generation. His fusion of different musical styles changed the sound of Pinoy rock in the 90's and paved the way for new alternative bands. Now 20 years in the business, Buendia shares his success by supporting other causes close to his heart.

As far as he remembers, he first encountered PETA when he was in grade school, "PETA, led by Soxie Topacio, came to our school and did a presentation. I've been familiar with their group ever since."

In 2012 he was formally introduced to the company when he became a guest of Noel Cabangon's "Tuloy ang Byahe" concert last year. This initial involvement introduced Buendia to PETA's cultural work and unique creative programs.

"Nakakabilib ang PETA. Talagang Filipino pride," he says. "I am drawn to PETA because their work highlights the talent and artistry of Filipinos... They produce original Filipino theater, and talk about the Filipino experience. Pinoy na Pinoy."

"I want to help PETA continue its legacy because their work should be seen and experienced by future generations of Filipinos." Also, "Support for the arts doesn't come easy. We have to help each other."

PETA President Cecilia B. Garrucho says, "It is a rare opportunity for PETA to have a mainstream artist like Ely to support our work. and we are very honored to have a Filipino music icon perform in our home."

"Ely Buendia sings for PETA" will be held at The PETA Theater Center on September 20, 8 p.m.. Tickets are sold at P1000 (balcony side), P2000 (orchestra side, balcony center), P2500 (orchestra center), P5000 (VIP). Contact 7256244 or 0917-5183654 to reserve. Tickets available at Ticket World through or call 8919999.

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