What You Missed at Sulo, the Benefit Music and Arts Festival for the Aetas of Tarlac
We are grateful to have spent most of the week last week preparing for volunteer activities such as repacking school supplies for the Time Please Wonder Box activity with Nuffnang and attending a benefit music and arts festival for the electrification of an Aeta village in Capas, Tarlac. We strongly believe that volunteerism is simply about giving as much as you are able and willing, so even small acts like attending an event or gathering school supplies matter greatly.
A day after the Time Please event, we were invited by Project Liwanag PH to attend their benefit festival, Sulo. Aside from featuring a number of the country’s up and coming musicians, visual artists, photographers, and spoken word artists, Sulo aims to raise funds so that they can finally give light and electricity to the Aetas of Capas, Tarlac.
Project Liwanag PH also partnered with the Liga Artist Group and Tala: Mental Wellness to tap artists who can shed light on the issues surrounding indigenous peoples and mental health in the Philippines.
It was raining so hard that evening! We were so afraid we were going to get stranded at Frank & Dean but we just went with it and we’re glad we did! We were able to see sets of amazing budding artists like Fitz Shioda, Marie Tayag, Smoothie Booze, and spoken word artists Supremong Makata, Lakan, and Pepe.
Frank & Dean is also home to a semi-speakeasy gig area upstairs called the Ocean’s Telephone Co. When things downstairs started to mellow down, we went upstairs to hear band performances. It’s a very small space but intimate, allowing for the truest, sweatiest, gig experience. Don’t fret, it’s all worth it.
Established musical artists such as Cheats and Our Inflatable Friends graced the stage towards the late evening so you would’ve missed out on a lot if you chose to leave early. Well, the rains did stop after a while anyway.
Sulo is only one of the many Project Liwanag PH events here in Metro Manila. All of their events are geared towards raising funds for a specific cause and we just love the fact that they’re slowly trying to combine advocacy with the things people do for entertainment nowadays. Maybe it’s a weekend market, an exhibit, or a gig just like this one.
We also appreciate how they’re continuously partnering up with other advocacies to explore relevant issues for the sake of further discourse.
Missed Sulo? Here are photos from the event!
Photos by Abby for Typist Life