New York – Versatile singer Kirby Asunto and tenor Jared Martin will make autumn so much lovelier and colorful in a concert dubbed “Faith, Hope, and Love” on October 25, 2019 at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center.
This autumn concert will showcase Kirby as a truly versatile singer who can beautifully render classical, pop, and rock music. Her last solo concert was in 2017 in Jersey City. This time, she teams up with award-winning tenor Jared Martin who had been non-stop in his musical gigs in the past months.
Jared recently wowed audience in his performance at the OPM, the final tour at the Golden Nuggets in Atlantic City in September. As a stage actor, his latest musical plays were the Hunchback of Notre Dame (where he played as Quasimodo), The Man of La Mancha (as Sancho Panza), and Into the Woods where he played the Baker in the recent summer.
Bernie Visto is Faith, Hope, and Love’s music and stage director which is produced by UNIFFIED, a 501 (c) 3 teacher’s organization. It is a special fundraiser conceptualized by Shirley Asunto, Kirby’s mother and manager, for Leani “Nikki” Auxilio, who is on her #healthturnaround healing journey from colon cancer. Kirby and Nikki are long-time friends.
Nikki, 27 years old, is diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in December 2018 and is currently undergoing treatment. She is the digital editor of OSM! Online Magazine and a budding artist. She is a member of the FilAm Press Club of New York and the women’s transnational organization AF3IRM.
“I have known Ate Nikki since I was 11 years old. I remember she bought me my very first diary as during our New York adventures. I cannot imagine not having Ate Nikki during my childhood adventures. I love her so much and cannot wait till she gets better so we will have more adventures,” said 21-year-old Kirby.
Jared for his part said he was very humbled to have been asked to be part of the concert. “We are doing this all for Nikki. I am glad to be able to share my voice in a way that it will benefit the health, and hopefully, the happiness of Nikki. We hope that this benefit show will help Nikki and her family get through this very challenging time,” he said.
The concert is made possible through the sponsorship of the Conzerge Hotel Collection, Blakely Hotel, JB Entertainment Production, Popsie’s, DU Consultancy, and Serendipity Gem. Its production team – composed of Shirley Asunto, Joji Babuschak, Marisse Panlilio, Elena Bahian, Cecile Duyongco, and Juliet Payabyab – also intends to convey the message of healthy and happy living and community cohesiveness through the concert.
Tickets are at $35. Please contact Juliet Payabyab (718.267.0221), Elena Bahian (718.210.7847), Joji Babuschak (908.783.2680), Shirley Asunto (908.486.0874), Cecile Duyongco (619.518.6864), and Marisse Panlilio (908.906.9788) for purchases and reservations. You can pay checks to UNIFFIED for your tax-deductible donations.