Choir comes to Lou. from Philippines singing joy, feeling pain

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by Jacob Ryan

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 29, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 29 at 12:41 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)--  A natural disaster destroyed the homes of some members of a choir group visiting Louisville this week.

A choir group from the Philippines is visiting Louisville this week and they are using their music as a distraction from the tragedy that struck and destroyed many of their homes.  The distraction, however, doesn’t heal their pain.

“We still have part of our heart there, worrying about our family,” said Lorenzo Gealogo, choir master of the group of college students that are doing what they can to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

The typhoon hit the Philippines earlier this month, killing more than 5,000 people and completely washing away some communities.

Ana Almenario is a member of the choir that is in Louisville competing in a holiday event at the Galt House.  She said her family was impacted by the typhoon and the group’s singing is a way to show the world their strength.

“We are getting there,” she said.  “We are recovering.”

The competition begins on Friday and lasts through the weekend.  Louisville’s performing arts school, Y-PAS, will also be competing.

 

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