written by: Mikee Pasaporte
Music is known as the universal language. We had the opportunity to witness how music literally breaks boundaries and can even be used to share the Foundation’s advocacy.
The Ruth Foundation for Palliative and Hospice Care was chosen to be the primary beneficiary of Uppercase Band’s 2015 album launch last April 29 through May 3, 2015, in various bars in Parañaque, Makati, Taguig and a mall show in Cavite. For every Php 200 donation to the Foundation, an Uppercase CD was given. These donations were for purchase of pain medication and other basic needs of the Foundation’s patients.
A Cause Close to the Heart
Mark De Leon of the band Uppercase came back to Manila last January 2015 from Toronto, Canada to look for a foundation that could benefit from their band’s Manila album tour. He was the primary caregiver for his mom, who had pancreatic cancer and who enjoyed listening to their music. He believes that she would have wanted them to give back to the cause of caring for those patients going through the end stage of the cancer journey. Different indie bands shared their music during each event and were also given the opportunity to learn about hospice care—with the idea of having care being top priority, when cure isn’t achievable.
An Experience to be Grateful for
From experiencing the Philippine’s hot weather, traffic and crowded areas, this trip has been memorable for the band, since this is the first time that they were given the opportunity to come to the Philippines as a complete 5-piece band.
The Ruth Foundation would like to thank the members of Uppercase Band, Bayang Magiliw Productions, Sharkboy Productions, Ensaymada Man Productions and MudHoney Productions, and all those who were behind the scenes in support. Thanks again to all those who made this possible.
For more information about the band and their events, check their website uppercaseband.com