|Posted by Gabrielle "Gaby" Berbey on December 31, 2011 at 3:25 AM|
On December 21, 2011, Gabrielle "Gaby" Berbey represented Children in Need where she performed at ABS-CBN Foundation’s 3rd Sagip Kapamilya Sa America Graduation Ceremony. ABS-CBN Foundation is the philanthropic arm of ABS CBN International, the largest media company in the Philippines. Gaby was invited to perform at the graduation ceremony of the Filipino nurse scholars who went to the American College of Nursing sponsored by the foundation. During the ceremony, a minute of silence was observed to remember the hundreds of lives lost in the Typhoon Sendong tragedy. Gaby dedicated her performance to the Filipinos who are affected by this calamity. She played Jules Massenet's Meditation from Thais and John William's Schindler’s List. Following her performance, she was interviewed by an ABS-CBN reporter where she spoke about her role in the club, as well as its purpose. She also mentioned the importance of keeping her ties with the Filipinos here and in the Philippines.
Before her performance, Gaby wrote to some prospective donors and asked for donations for the Sendong victims. She was able to raise more than $2,000 for this cause. The donations will go a long way in helping those who desperately need assistance in the affected areas in the Philippines.
This performance was a very personal experience for Gaby, as it brought her closer to her Filipino roots, and meant a lot for her to donate to the Filipino victims. She cares deeply about the country, as well as its people, making the performance much more meaningful than standard recitals. In 2009, Gaby visited the Philippines, immediately falling in love with the country, and she viewed this performance as a way to give back to the people that brought her so much joy during her visit.
Related photos: http://www.childreninneedclub.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=12797034.