Martin Nievera headlines concert-for-a-cause in Dumaguete


Martin Nievera brings healing through song

Concert King Martin Nievera is a believer that music is a tool for healing as he headlines a fundraising concert on May 9 for patients of leukaemia.

Titled Grace for Life: Healing through Music, the concert will be held at the Luce Auditorium of Silliman University. The Ating Pamana Choral Group, J2 MAD Praise & Worship Band, pianist Alexis V. Pal, and violinist Claire Christine Uchi Gallano are slated to join the OPM artist, while Susan Elizabeth Vista-Suarez is the show’s artistic and musical director.

“Leukaemia comes with a stigma. It is regarded as a death sentence, but it is treatable, and there is help—and hope—for people afflicted with the disease,” said the OPM artist.

Grace for Life: Healing through Music is just one of the events of a three-day affair dubbed DGTE Bound—The Journey to Wholeness, spearheaded by EPCalm Adult Leukemia Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (EPCalm), and in partnership with United Laboratories, Inc. (Unilab) and Silliman University.

Slated from May 9 to 11 entirely in Dumaguete City, the project aims to bring healing of heart, mind and the body to those afflicted with the condition. Besides the concert, the other activities include “Understanding Grief 2: A Grief Management Conference,” and

“The Gentle Mile: EPCalm Ultramarathon & Fun Run.”

EPCalm is an organization established by Dr. Erlyn Demerre in 2005 focused on supporting
adult leukaemia patients. It is named after her brother, Erwin Piedad Cabanag, a Dumaguete City fiscal who passed away at 45 because of the disease. Demerre says while leukaemia treatment can be achieved through chemotherapy, healing comes through spiritual strength.

“We journey with the patients, immerse in their needs and help them identify resources for treatment,” she says. “EPCalm and Unilab are partners in advocating for leukaemia awareness among Filipinos.”

The management conference on May 9 and 10 will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Silliman Hall of Silliman University. Speakers are Mel Erickson, managing director and co-founder of GriefWorks, a US-based bereavement resource. Boy Abunda will stand as celebrity host and inspirational speaker.

Meanwhile, the fun run on May 11 will cover a distance of 50 km from Bais City Plaza to Dumaguete City.

Funds generated from all  three events will be used in EPCalm’s continuous projects for leukaemia patients.

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