Lorli Villanueva, accompanied by Rodolfo M. Reyes, at her Kalayaan Hall concert in October 2012. (Photo by Carlos Santiago)
Award-winning veteran actress Lorli Villanueva is returning to the spotlight in a benefit concert on July 18 (at 7 p.m.), at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue (between 45th and 46th Streets) in Manhattan.
Lorli’s show, “Reminisce: A Musical Journey,” aims to raise funds for Lorli’s favorite charity, the Asilo de Molo under the auspices of Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, which houses and cares for the poor elderly in and around her native Iloilo City, Philippines.
Presented by Sitting Cat Productions, the show will also benefit the Youth Access Global Foundation, which helps pre-K to high school students with special needs; and the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara focused on caring and housing the most destitute children in the slum area in Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City.
Lorli will be accompanied in the piano by Nelson Ojeda Valdes and featuring Ang Tatlong Rondalista, plus special guests.
Her previous benefit show for Asilo de Molo in 2011 turned over not only monetary assistance but also walkers to its elderly from New York-New Jersey area donors, with the shipping expenses shouldered by Lorli herself.
Her most recent show last year resulted in the donation of 25 wheelchairs to the disabled and elderly in several barangays in Iloilo.
“The overwhelming reactions of the elderly brought tears to my eyes and I promised them I will do my best to continue raising funds to make their lives a little more comfortable,” Lorli said.
“It has become my lifetime crusade.”
Lorli is currently deputy chair in the Graduate School of Education and Special Education at Touro College in Manhattan, where she is more popularly known as Prof. Lorli Dima-ala.
Tickets to “Reminisce” concert are $50, $75 and $100 (VIP special seating).
For tickets, to sponsor and other info, call 646.227.8582 or 718.413.3114.