Canada for Philippines Benefit Concert with World Vision and Kol Hope Foundation

Jeff Rustia of Canadian Philippines Fashion Week brought together some of the biggest and brightest Filipino talent to raise funds for the biggest disaster in Philippines to date.  This Sunday, join Canada for Philippines Benefit Concert, in partnership with Kol Hope Foundation for Children and World Vision at the Fairmont Royal York for a beautiful evening that completely benefits those who have lost so much.

Canada’s Biggest Filipino Stars assemble for a benefit concert in support of the Philippines Disaster Relief Fund

Toronto– The biggest Filipino stars in Canada will take the stage at the Canada for Philippines Benefit Concert, in partnership with Kol Hope Foundation for Children, to raise funds and give hope to the millions of people who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan, in support of World Vision’s Philippines Disaster Relief Fund.

Canada for Philippines Benefit Concert is a star studded evening of music and hope, featuring Toronto’s Original Miss Saigon, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Canadian Idol finalist Martha Joy, Broadway Star, Cornelia Luna, highly-acclaimed performers, Toto Bansil, Emilio Zarris, Jocelyn Escutin-Seranilla, Arny G, Karen Tan, and Ken de los Santos, Viva Records’ artist Chiqui Pineda, with special performances by Juno-award winning pop artist, Lights, and award winning Canadian Singer-songwriter Amy Sky, Folklorico, Catalyst, Prison Dancer: The Musical, and the Airplane Boys. Also taking the stage that night is Maria Aragon, the 13 year old Youtube sensation (of 58 million hits) of Lady Gaga fame. The evening will be hosted by Filipino-Canadian VJ Jeff Rustia of BPM:TV, and will be joined onstage by CBC personality, Jian Ghomeshi, HGTV’s Cheryl Torrenueva, Filipina supermodel Karina Cabiling and many more.

Canada for Philippines Benefit Concert will take place at the Concert Hall at Fairmont Royal York Hotel, on Sunday November 24, 2013. All proceeds will benefit World Vision, which has launched a massive emergency response to help affected children and families in the Philippines. The devastating storm has left thousands of people dead in Tacloban city alone, and has affected more than 9.5 million others in the country. 
The relief fund will provide life saving essentials and emergency supplies like: food, blankets, household supplies, hygiene kits, shelter and clean drinking water. Funds raised that evening will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Canadian government.

“I am heartbroken by what has happened in the Philippines, and like everyone else, wanted to desperately help,” said Jeff Rustia, Filipino-Canadian broadcaster, TV host, and Executive Director of Canada for Philippines Benefit Concert. “I was amazed at how quickly the country’s most talented Filipino and Canadian artists banded together to form this emergency fundraiser concert. It shows how big the hearts of Canadians are, and how much they care about helping the Filipinos in their greatest time of need.”

“In a disaster of this magnitude, children are the most vulnerable and at risk and it goes without saying, as a Canadian children’s foundation, we wholeheartedly support World Vision’s initiative to help Filipino children. It is an honor to partner and co-produce Canada for Philippines Benefit Concert in support of World Vision’s Disaster Relief Fund,” said Melinda Rustia, President of Kol Hope Foundation for Children.


Tickets are on sale on EventBrite

General Admission $60 and VIP Seating at $100.

For any event inquiries please call 647-226-6663 or email [email protected]



World Vision is Canada’s largest private relief and development agency. Today Canadians sponsor over half a million children around the world. Child sponsorship helps fund World Vision Canada’s international long-term development projects. World Vision Canada has a long history of partnering with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and other government bodies in overseas development and in addressing global issues, such as child rights, hunger and health.


Kol Hope Foundation for Children is a Canadian charitable organization that helps and supports children with disabilities in Canada and the Philippines. The foundation is named after Kol, a Filipino-Canadian boy, who was born with Trisomy 13, a fatal genetic syndrome. Kol was diagnosed to live only 3 months, but against all odds, he lived for 14 years. He passed away on October 9th, 2011, and has left behind an incredible legacy of love, courage and hope. He is the story and inspiration behind Kol Hope Foundation for Children. Most recently, in partnership with World Vision, they established the Kol Hope Fund at World Vision, aimed to helping children in need all over the world.

Watch the CTV interview for Canada for Philippines Benefit Concert here.