Mga Anak ni Inang Daigdig (MAID) or (Children of Mother Earth), an environmental performing arts group featuring young people and children from Smokey Mountain , will hold a special dance concert on April 22, 2012 at the AFP Theater.
Dubbed “A Tale of Two Mountains,” the concert will feature dance rituals that echo the need to protect our environment. It will also premier a short film of the same title by Ferdinand Dimadura that tells the story of Smokey Mountain and another mountain, miles apart, which displaced our indigenous people “the aetas” and thousands of homes in Pampanga, Zambales and Bataan. Mt. Pinatubo is being eyed as a resettlement area for those affected by the eruption and three thousand families from Smokey Mountain and other areas of Tondo.
MAID was founded in 1993 by Fr. Benigno P. Beltran and debuted in 1994 in a concert entitled “The Cry of Mother Nature” at the Philippine International Convention Center. They were initially trained under the Philippine-ITI Earthsavers Dreams Academy and later under the tutelage of the late National Artist for Dance, Ramon Obusan. The group has already performed in Australia, USA, Germany, Sweden and Japan. They are now the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Ambassadors for Peace and Environment.
They also put into action what they advocate through dances. The group partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the reforestation of 135 hectares of Mt. Ayaas. a denuded mountain located in Montalban, Rizal.
For every one thousand peso earned by the concert through sponsorship or ticket sales, a seedling will be planted under the name of the ticket buyer or sponsor.
The concert is being organized by Sagip Bansa Filipinas Inc, a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization that seeks to uplift the Filipino, find solutions to help the poorest of the poor, participate in the collective effort to arrest environmental degradation and sincerely partake in the greening and reforestation of our country.
For sponsorship and ticket sales, call Ms. Kelly Austria at 09175071211 or email [email protected]
The Children of Mother Earth has been designated Ambassadors for Peace and Environment by the Episcopal Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue and Ecumenism of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. They have donated used computers given to them after their performances abroad to Muslim youth and young people among the other cultural minorities in a dialogue of peace. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has given them in a stewardship agreement 135 hectares for reforestation at the Marikina Watershed in Montalban, Rizal. They have gone up to mountain to plant trees to hold the water in the watershed and alleviate global warming. They are raising funds to put up a seedling nursery to plant a million trees in five years.
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERT TOURS
May, 1995: Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, AUSTRALIA
October to November, 1996: GERMANY and SWEDEN
May to June, 1998: GERMANY
September, 8 – 25, 2000: Osaka and Nagoya, JAPAN
May to June, 2001: Chicago, Detroit, Seattle and Los Angles, USA
May to June, 2002: Detroit, Seattle San Diego and Los Angles, USA
April 25 to June 2, 2003: Oberhausen, Frankfurt and Bad Homburg, GERMANY
May 9 to 25, 2003: Osaka, JAPAN
February, 2005: San Francisco and Fresno, USA
June 2 to 12, 2005Aichi, Nagoya and Osaka, JAPAN
May 19-June 5, 2006: Tokyo, Japan (50th Anniversary of Phil.-Japanese Diplomatic Relations)
May 15 to June 3, 2007: San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, USA
May 3 to June 7, 2008: San Diego and Los Angeles, USA
Executive Director:Fr. Benigno P. Beltran, SVD
Artistic Director:Marciano T. Viri
Dance Master:Antonio Macalalag, Jr.
Finance Officer:Nerissa S. Beltran
Instrument Trainor:Benjie G. Bitoon
REV. FR. BENIGNO P. BELTRAN, SVD
Executive Director, Children of Mother Earth
Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Coordinator – SVD Central Province, Philippines
E-mail: [email protected]; Mobile: 0928 705 35 84