The National, Tuesday December 17th, 2013
By Biga Lebasi
Blond and beautiful Emma helped bring the house down, shepherding her fans to musical delights at the function to raise funds for Typhoon Haiyan victims at the Dynasty Restaurant in Port Moresby last Friday.
The packed patrons ate, drank, listened, clapped, jived and later jostled with the star performers – The Sheppard band – with Emma, a guitarist and singer, included.
They were imported from Australia to help the Philippines-Papua New Guinea Association raise funds.
Association president Roel Sta. Cruz told the concert that the graphic images of the victims had been depicted as the worst typhoon to hit the world over the past 100 years.
The storm named Yolanda in the Philippines and Haiyan, a Chinese name selected for international use, brought the Philippines to her knees and down – but not out.
Another speaker at the fundraiser told the party people the Filipino was quite a resilient fellow – so much so that in times of danger, disaster and calamities he had an inbuilt store of courage he used to rise up and face such natural cruelties head-on and with a heavy doze of hidden morale and stamina to help one another towards recovery and move on.
Friday’s concert was a success – it helped bring the figure up to K170,000 raised in three days.
They were supported by the Hiri-Motu sensation – an original Sanguma musician Buruka Tau and his daughters Natasha and Pauline.
The trio is a family bonded quite well with their papa’s musical talent that emerged with his stint with The Sangumas in the National Arts School days in the 1970s.
The other curtain-raisers were The Extensions and The Pork Barrel, both Port Moresby based.
Sta.Cruz says the fundraising campaign closes for the Christmas-New Year celebrations on Dec 19.