AS CULMINATION to their weeklong relief drive, the University of the Philippines Cebu held 1UP: The Yolanda Relief Drive, a packing celebration held on Nov. 15, Friday, at the university’s Lahug campus.
The event gathered more than a thousand volunteers and donors from various schools and organizations, as well as alumni, and by the end of the program, collected a total of 18,132 relief packs — which was more than its goal of 15,000.
During the event, homegrown bands and DJs showed their support by performing live for the crowd of packers who were standing line, waiting for their turn to help out.
Bands that played that night were Midnight Casino, Socially Unconscious, All of a Sudden, Batteries Not Included, Soda Can Genie, Great White Gentlemen, Band Aid, Sefyla, Snubear, Honeydrop, Pakl Caca and Skankin Brews. As for the music mixing DJs, those who performed were DJ Jong Reid, Carlson Corbin and Ron.
Local artists presented artworks at the venue and gave a 100 percent of their sales as donation. Concessionaires such as Shawarma, Thirsty, Jamaican Shake, Virginia Hotdogs and ALPS Café also supported the cause by giving 10 percent of their sales as part of the proceeds as well.
Midway through the program, a candle-lighting vigil was led by UP Cebu student Angel Trocio, and ended with everyone singing the UP Hymn.
1UP: The Yolanda Relief Drive was organized by the UP Cebu Alumni Association core team composed of Drs. Michael and Michelle Cotia, Dr. Alvin Roxas, Nimrod Quiñones, Jude Bacalso, Brian Cuenco, Atty. Ian Sapayan, Joey Alberto, Kristen Cabada, Victor and Marites Caindec; the UP Cebu faculty represented by Prof. Karl Roque; and students.