Truth, Beauty, Music

A Classical Voice Concert – Saturday, Nov. 30th @3pm

Enjoy a delightful afternoon of beautiful music with me…

My next concert is an offering from the heart… featuring Classical arias, songs, duets, Broadway tunes, and Christmas favourites – along with my fellow artists, baritone Austin Larussen and pianist Narmina Afandiyeva. Set in the warmly intimate acoustics of St. John’s Polish Catholic Church, a jewel of tranquility in the harried midst of downtown Toronto, our concert on Saturday, November 30th at 3pm hopes to soothe your soul and lift your spirits! Admission is free (voluntary donations are appreciated), and there’s plenty of free parking.

Come as you are, and see you soon!

LilacA Classical Voice Concert

June 10th to 13th, 2013 – Canada Philippine Fashion Week


Toronto, ON (February 21 2013) – Kol Hope Foundation for Children will serve as the beneficiary of the spectacular, inaugural launch of Canada Philippine Fashion Week, to be held from June 10-15, 2013 in Toronto Canada.

This dazzling week of Filipino fashion, culture, entertainment, and philanthropy, founded by Jeff Rustia, will feature a series of high impact events spread over five days, across a range of incredible venues in Toronto. The week-long event will feature headline fashion shows by top Filipino Fashion Designers from Canada and the Philippines, legendary exhibits ranging from the Fashion Statement of Jose Rizal, to a special Mangyan Tribes Exhibit, to Francis Libiran’s Famous 100 Dress Collection. It will also feature a spectacular array of Filipino performances, film screenings, live music, entertainment, culture, art and food.

“2013 will be an incredible year for Filipino fashion, as we present the very first Canada Philippine Fashion Week showcasing the best in haute couture, style, innovation, culture and creativity of Filipino designers in Canada and in the Philippines! And the best part is that it’s all for a great cause. We are partnering with the Kol Hope Foundation for Children, a charitable organization that reaches out to help and support children with disabilities in Canada and the Philippines. It’s truly fashion with a heart. We are truly blessed to have the help and support of friends and talented people from the Philippine and Canadian fashion industry, as well as the loyalty and commitment of our sponsors and benefactors, and the creative brilliance of an army of international designers, models, makeup and hair professionals all coming together with a single goal in mind. – to make a real difference in the lives of children through the Kol Hope Foundation for Children,” says Jeff Rustia, Executive Director and Founder of Canada Philippine Fashion Week.

“We are very honoured and touched to have the loving support of Canada Philippine Fashion Week and everyone involved.  This event will assist us in our mission to help and support children in Canada and the Philippines, ” says Melinda Rustia, President of Kol Hope Foundation for Children. “We are extremely grateful and we are waiting with bated breath for this pioneering event.”

Tickets for the event will be on sale beginning April 2013 with a complete list of fashion designers and performers to be announced.

About Kol Hope Foundation for Children

Kol Hope Foundation for Children was established in 2002 as a registered Canadian charitable organization that helps children born with Trisomy-related disabilities in Canada and the Philippines. Kol Hope Foundation for Children 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 was fed by g-tube, required life support, 24 hour nursing care, and was unable to walk or talk. He passed away on Oct 9, 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.

Since its inception, to date, Kol Hope Foundation has raised over $500,000 CDN dollars and has donated a total of 1.85 million Pesos to the Philippines. The Kol Hope Fund at Easter Seals Canada helps children attend Summer Camps and has provided basic needs such as wheelchairs and respite care.  The Kol Hope Fund at Hospital for Sick Kids has helped fund the genetics clinic, which has provided children with the best care and treatment. In the Philippines, Kol Hope Foundation has provided financial support to the Bacolod Boys Home and the Holy Infant Home, two special homes that care for children, many of whom suffer from disabilities.

About Canada Philippine Fashion Week

Canada Philippine Fashion Week Inc. is a non-profit organization aimed at showcasing the fashion, culture, creativity and artistry of Filipinos in Canada and the Philippines.

Canada Philippine Fashion Week aims to enhance public awareness, image, and the rise of Filipino fashion on the world stage and open up the fashion trade between Canada and the Philippines.  It celebrates leading Filipino fashion icons in addition to supporting both young and emerging designers. Canada Philippine Fashion Week is committed to creating fundraising events that will help children in Canada and the Philippines.


We Believe!

A Concert for World Youth Day 2011

Saturday, May 7 · 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Our Lady of the Assumption Church
2565 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M6B 2Z3

A host of talents in one uplifting evening of inspiring songs, dances, and great youthful energy for everyone’s enjoyment. Featuring soprano Lilac Caña; tenor Emilio Zarris; the Singing Filipino Priests; the OLA Youth Ministry; the OLA AFCM Choir; and pianist Ronnie Pasajol. Proceeds to help 19 Youth go to Madrid, Spain for WYD 2011 (August 11th to 21st).

Tickets: $25.00 Contact: OLA Parish Office (416.787.4547) or Joey Abrenilla (647.830.5639)