Through the combined efforts of Makibahagi, Joe Espinueva from SF and Linda Nietes from Phil. Book Expression, the young adults from Smokey Mountain, Tondo more popularly known as Mga Anak Ni Inang Daigdig, were able to come to California and did a series of shows in October, 2013. Perla Reyes of Mother Movement, Dolly Dalusong of the Catanduanes Association and Joy De Guzman of Silayan Filipina as well as Mel Madrid of ICGIE helped organized performances for MAID. Funds were raised to fund school expenses for students in that area.
Every generation of dancers were born and raised in Smokey Mountain in Tondo,Manila, Philippines. The late Ramon Obusan, a National Artist, developed in them the art of original Philippine Ethnic Dances.
Fr. Ben Beltran, an SVD Missionary, who has spent more than thirty years shepherding that community, continues to help them overcome poverty by way of scholarships endowed by people who care.
Educational Youth Program
For four Saturdays, from 9-11 AM in April, 2013, Art Teachers Jaro, Luc, Lance, Jonathan volunteered their talent and time and taught the art of origami, doodle, freehand drawing to young kids ages 4 - 16, boys and girls, regardless of ethnicity.
Awesome support came from John and Eden Santos and Jonathan Vergara.
In August, 2013 Fil-American children were taught lessons on Filipino language and culture. Organized by Gladys Galang with support from Shiela Kendal and Elena Regondola, it attracted over 30 students. The program was also given recognition by Joe Lalas, CNUSD Member of the Board and Jannelle So, popular host of Kababayan LA.