Saturday, July 13, 2013

LOVE FORWARD >>> FINC & AFC share the love for LoveYourself Anglo

CHICAGO—With songs both sultry and sublime, two gay Asian groups are joining forces to raise funds for LoveYourself Anglo.

At an event entitled “Love Forward >>> FINC/AFC share the love for LoveYourself Anglo,” Filipinos and Friends in Chicago (FINC) and Asians and Friends Chicago (AFC) are hosting a cabaret evening of local performers on Thursday, July 25, 2013; 6:30 p.m. registration/cocktails, 7 p.m. showtime at @mosphere Bar, 5355 N. Clark in Chicago. 

Included in the roster of performers are lyric opera singer Rodell Rosel, playwright and singer Danny Bernardo, cabaret singer Madame X and jazz dancer and musical-theater actor Chip Payos. Other acts include Angel Abcede, Divine Aleonar, Marcus Ascesor, Randy Ballesteros, Christine Bunoan, Jovie Calma, Abe Commendador, FEDS, Joey Flores, Emjoy Gavino, Je Nepomuceno, Ula Rivers and Maila Witt.

The two groups are pooling resources for the first time, working together to help LoveYourself Inc. in building a second community center in the heart of Metro Manila to cater to the needs of the LGBT community.

“We’ve known of each other and attended each other’s functions, but have just begun to understand the power of joining forces,” says Angel Abcede, president of Asians and Friends. “This was a great opportunity and a great reason to get members from both organizations to turn out.”

“Gay organizations here in the U.S. with ties to their home countries need to help our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters,” says Chip Payos, a FINC member and one of the co-organizers of the event. “HIV is an international concern.”

For more information call Angel Abcede at (773) 459-6775, R.J. Basa at (630) 400-3396, Chip Payos at (773) 983-9880 or visit,