Gayak Angeleño gala night raises ₱225K for Bale Balayan

ANGELES CITY — Some P225,000 in proceeds were raised during the Gayak Angeleño: Mutya Ning Angeles 2022 Charity Gala Night for the benefit of Anak Bale Balayan — Museum for Poor Center Transformation.

The charity gala night featured ternos of local designers which were worn and modeled by the 18 official candidates of Mutya Ning Angeles.

Among the donors were Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin(₱50,000), Beautéderm Corporation President Rei Anicoche-Tan (₱50,000), Chief Adviser IC Calaguas and Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel (₱25,000); and private individuals (₱100,000).

The event is a joint project of the Angeles Designer Guild —organized by Marlon Tuazon, Rosette Ramos Biag, and Frederick Policarpio — and the city government, sponsored by San Miguel Corporation and Rockwell Center Nepo Angeles.

This charity night aims to assist the operation of the Bale Balayan, a museum conducting trainings in music and dance for the less fortunate members of the society.

The Bale Balayan, founded and headed by Peter De Vera, is located in Barangay Sta. Teresita. It has partnered with the city government for the music and dance training of children in conflict with the law (CICLs) housed at the city’s youth reformation center Bahay Pag-Asa. 

“We are sharing a common goal with Mr. De Vera in transforming the youth through arts,” Lazatin said. 

Part of the flagship program of Lazatin is to put emphasis on securing the future and welfare of Angeleño children, especially those in need of help.

“The city government will continue to provide programs for them, to bring them back in the community as productive individuals,” Lazatin added. 

To recall, De Vera also vowed to train the CICLs on how to play local and Asian-inspired instruments, which  is also being offered to the other youth who joined the Bale Balayan.

Among the designers who were part of the gala night event are Mitch Viray, Bhraye Adefuin, RJ Guevarra, Rich Sabinian, Bryan Henson, Carl John Miranda, Manny Ocampo, Richard De Jesus, Jhune Angeles, Cholo Ayuyao, Philip Torres, Clarence Ayuyao, Glenn Pablo, Jojo Macapinlac, Tuazon, Ramos-Biag, and Policarpio.

Calaguas and Manuel, both Chairpersons of the MNA working committee, meanwhile commended the efforts of the candidates, as well as the designers, for staging the event. 

Also present during the gala night were Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting, Angeles City Economic Development and Investment Promotions Officer Irish Bonus-Llego, and Angeles City Tourism Officer Anneleen Sugui.