I'll probably get it from Ton, a good friend of mine since the GST-for-Men training days. He's also connected with Bistro70s, the 20-year-old Quezon City home of real Pinoy Rock.
Tonight, October 14, rock and roll will play there again but this time to kick off the year-long fund raising campaign of the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP).
According to the invite I got, this year, apparently, marks the 40th Anniversary of the FPOP. The group claims itself to be the “acknowledged pioneer of the family planning (FP) movement and of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) service delivery in the country.”
The gig at Bistro70s, the invite read, starts a nationwide bar tour to encourage “young people to take active role in reducing overall maternal mortality as well as pregnancy-related deaths of young mothers.”
As I gather, the money raised is expected to reach the poorest of our people through support services related to reproductive health.
Ton said in his letter they invited musicians “who have committed themselves to championing the same cause through their music.”
These musicians include: Aiza Seguerra, Cookie Chua, Bayang Barrios, Cynthia Alexander, DJ Alvaro, Skarlet, RJ Jimenez, Noel Cabangon, De Lara, The Jerks, Razorback, The Dawn, Color It Red, Session Road, amng others.
Ton added that women musicians who are also SRH champions will be the major performers of the bar tour.
The gig is only for journalists.
If you’re one of these insignificant denizens of this cosmos (like me), drop an email to Brayant Gonzales firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re lucky enough to have avoided this pitiful career called journalism, drop by the bars or restaurants the FPOP will host.
And give: it’s a fund-raising campaign, after all.
Hey, maybe I won’t have a free beer.
Ah, tough luck.
Oh, well, here’s to the music and the babies.