News & Events


December, 2014

            Dear Friends,

On behalf of the members and supporters of Makibahagi, I am privileged to share with you

the projects undertaken to support the rehabilitation of our kababayan who were devastated

by the super typhoon last year.

As of today, a total of $6,160.00 has been donated to schools in Tolosa and Dulag Leyte that:

  • Completed six (6) Deep Wells
  • Built a small structure to be used as canteen at Daniel Romualdez Elementary School
  • Used a portion, equivalent of 30,000 Pesos as seed capital for the canteen
  • I enclose some photos
  • On top of the above amount, one month after the November 8 typhoon, we spent over $1,500 as cash donation and paid for freight for relief goods sent to Capiz and Bantayan

This is a small beginning.  But we can do more.

We have organized a Fundraiser on December 27 at Fairfield Marriott in Norco to raise more funds so that additional wells may be donated.

            We count on you for support as you did in the past. Your donation is tax deductible.

AT $35 donation, you will be treated to a modest dinner, live band, entertainment, dancing and raffle for your enjoyment.

            Here is wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas.

Maraming Salamat, Po.


Circle city Chorale to Benefit Philippine Schools


     The Circle City Chorale (C3) will be hosting its annual “winter in song” concert series on Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15.  This year’s Sunday concert proceeds will be donated toward efforts to rebuild schools in the Philippines which suffered tremendous loses from Typhoon Haiyan.

     C3 will be working in cooperation with Makibahagi (translated means "to be connected or to be part of"), a Filipino-American 501(C)(3) organization based in Corona.  Representing them in this effort is Dr. Jose Lalas, a member of the Corona Norco Unified School District (CNUSD).   Information about this organization may be obtained via their website at  Dr. Lalas said,“I am going to the Philippines with 16 graduate students for a brief study abroad and check with Filipino colleagues from the Department of Education there what can be done to help rebuild schools.’

     As well as benefiting the people of the Philippines, this will be the perfect time to celebrate the holiday season and enjoy some incredible music performed by the Circle City Chorale and its elite inclusive ensemble, the Circle CitySingers!  This winter’s show promises to be spectacular with songs that include soaring spirituals, classics and fun, family favorites such as “Deck the Halls,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and “Jingle Bells” to the tunes from the “Nutcracker Suite.”  This year’s theme, “On With the Snow,” also happens to be the name of one of the songs the audience will hear. 

    Angela Rosser, C3’s Artistic Director, says, "It is my hope that we connect with our audiences, taking them on a fantastic musical journey with us.  We want to share our love and enthusiasm for choral music to any and all who will listen!  The Chorale is honored to make beautiful music and at the same time, have the opportunity to work with Dr. Lalas and Makibahagi in their efforts to raise money for the rebuilding and restoration in the Philippines.”

     C3’s President, Kamina Jensen, said, “We are proud to participate with Makibahagi in this worth-while effort during our Sunday concert.  This brings to life our mission statement.”  Circle City Chorale's mission is to provide the local community with a dynamic, high-caliber choral group that promotes music appreciation and arts education. We express a commitment to diversity in our membership, repertoire and patrons by singing choral music from various cultures, genres and time periods, thus providing a more enriching, uplifting and educational

experience. To accomplish our mission, we seek community outreach opportunities by partnering with individuals, organizations and businesses that share our belief that music has the power to entertain, to educate, and to inspire.

     The Chorale’s concerts are Saturday, December 14, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 155 W. 8th Street, Corona; and Sunday, December 15, at 4:00 p.m. at the Corona Civic Center, 815 W. 6th Street.  Tickets are expected to sell out rapidly for the Sunday event, but will be available for the Saturday concerts through or  The audience will still be able to enjoy the same fabulous concert performance by Circle City Chorale. To learn more about the Circle City Chorale, please visit  

Let us help them rebuild their lives. 

Makibahagi and Edison Filbarkada present Fiesta Para Sa Bayan…muli

by David Kendall


In 2006, Makibahagi presented their first cultural program, Fiesta Para Sa Bayan, at the Corona Historic Theater.  Each year, the Corona-based Filipino non-profit organization produces various concerts and shows, fundraising for multiple benefit projects in the Philippines.  This year, Makibahagi and Edison Filbarkada present Fiesta Para Sa Bayan…muli, returning to their original format featuring the songs, dances, language and culture of the Philippines, on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00pm at the Corona Historic Theater.


Edison Filbarkada is a Filipino Employee Resource Group for Southern California Edison (SCE) that partners with a non-profit organization aligned with both SCE’s corporate giving areas of interest and with Edison Filbarkada’s mission and objectives by providing volunteer support and grants. This year Filbarkada chose to partner with Makibahagi to celebrate the Philippines’ rich culture through Makibahagi’s educational programs and community outreach.  In addition to education, Makibahagi is also very active in fundraising, having supported many projects in the Philippines, including agricultural projects for the Mangyans of Mindoro, and support for the Children of Mother Earth (children living in Smokey Mountain in Tondo, Manila).


The director and choreographer for Fiesta Para Sa Bayan…muli is Eilyn Caballero.  A nurse by profession, Eilyn is an experienced dancer (cultural dances and hula), choreographer and costume designer, having performed with the Universtiy of Santo Tomas and the Kasarinlan Dance Troupe under O’nil Pineda.   Fr. Art Mateo, parochial vicar at the St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in Riverside is the musical director.  Fr. Art, a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, graduated from the Conservatory of Music at St. Joseph’s College in Quezon City and Philosophy and Theology at the Ateneo de Manila.  He has conducted choirs for 40 years.  Elena Regondola, a graduate of the St. Paul Conservatory of Music, Manila, and a music teacher for many years at St. Paul College, Makati, is the children’s choir director, which is made up of members of the St. Catherine of Alexandria Church and members of Makibahagi.  She currently maintains a voice, piano and guitar studio and presents a large student recital each year.  The adult choir, Koro Maria, is directed by JP Panganiban.  LUBOS-PASO, a Filipino student cultural association from California State University San Bernardino, will be the main dance performers.The program will take place at the Corona Historic Theater at 815 West Sixth St., Corona, CA, 92882.