Bayanihan with Love is a project made in response to the adverse effects of the pandemic on the Filipino community in the UK.
Between March 2016 and March 2019, 4,000 Filipinos came to work in the NHS, where they comprise the second largest migrant group. Filipinos comprise 2% of NHS England’s workforce, yet 25% of its coronavirus deaths.
During the first waves of the pandemic in 2020, Kanlungan Filipino Consortium and Filipino Food UK joined forces and started #FilipinoFood4NHS to provide packages of Fililipino food to NHS staff. Starting in March 2021 each parcel will be accompanied by a QR code that links to a video created by New Earth Theatre.
We have commissioned 23 artists of Filipino descent to create 12 short poems, skits, songs, monologues and dances designed as a special thank you to Filipino health care workers in the NHS. We hope they enjoy them.
Sonnet 18 performed by the Bayanihan With Love Ensemble
Written by William Shakespeare
Translated and Directed by Joaquin Pedro Valdes
Cast: James Bradwell, Jane Burns, Heidi Carmichael, James Cooney, Vincent Fajilagmago, Richard Peralta, Max Percy, Jeffrey Sangalang, Martin Sarreal, Joaquin Pedro Valdes, Joyce Veheary
You’ll Never Walk Alone performed by the Bayanihan With Love Choir
Composed by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein
Arranged by Alan Berry
Sound mix by Richard Mina
Soloists: Michael Macalintal Gia Macuja Atchison Jacqui Sanchez
Choir: James Bradwell, Natalie Chua, Angelo Paragoso, Richard Peralta, Ericka Posadas, Joyce Veheary
Pianist: Emmanuel Vass
Edited by Margarita San Luis
To find out about how you can contribute to #FilipinoFood4NHS, please visit the GoFundMe page. A £20 donation will enable Filipino Food UK and Kanlungan to prepare and deliver 10 Filipino meals for NHS staff.
James Bradwell credits include: Television: The Bremmer Files (UKTV), The Split (BBC), Back to Life (BBC), Victoria (ITV); Theatre: Romeo & Juliet (Friar Lawrence) and Richard III (Archbishop of York, Bishop of Ely, Earl of Oxford, u/s Richard III) at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, Blenheim Palace; Read Not Dead (2019 season) at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Jane Mina Burns is a singer, actress and an author. She studied music at the BRIT school, holds a BMus (Hons) Music Degree, and has a Masters Degree in Law. She has played many roles on UK TV and film and has sung backing for the likes of Paloma Faith. She is also a songwriter and has had her songs airplayed globally from radio to TV.
Heidi Carmichael is an actor and writer. She trained at Arts Educational Schools London and has since worked across West End, comedy fringe theatre, film and television. She writes comedy/dramas focussing to create diverse, female-led stories. Heidi celebrates her Filipino-British heritage and is proud to support the dedicated Filipino workers of the NHS.
Natalie Chua was born to Filipino father, Eddie Chua and Irish mother, Nora Chua. Natalie found passion for performing at the UK Filipino Fiesta’s starting with culture dancing and then singing. She went on to train in musical theatre and has performed on the West End, Internationally and on TV.
James Cooney is a British Filipino performer and writer from Manchester. He studied at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). In 2014 he was shortlisted for Best Male Performance at The Off West End Awards for his performance in Bottleneck. Between 2016 and 2020 James was a member of The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Vincent Fajilagmago has worked with Yellow Earth since leaving Middlesex University and is proud to work with New Earth Theatre. Whilst working in and supporting East Asian Theatre, Vincent also co-founded Philippine Generations promoting Philippines, its people and culture. Vincent is proud to witness the development and boldness of emerging Filipinos as skilled artists in the UK. He is also excited to see New Earth Theatre venture storytelling of British Filipino and supports the development of the British Filipino voice in British culture.
Leslie Garcia Bowman is a Kiwi/Filipino based in London. After gaining a diploma in dance from Laine Theatre Arts, he has worked professionally in the West End since 2015 in productions such as Hamilton and Thriller Live.
Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company was founded in 1994, by members of the Philippine Centre, the Filipino Women’s Associations UK (FWA-UK) and others to create an informal group with a desire to dance and promote their Filipino cultural heritage through music, song and dance. Since 1994 LK has toured and mounted successful theatre shows in the UK, Ireland and across mainland Europe, and is today Europe’s foremost Philippine cultural dance company.
Michael Macalintal started his theatre career in the original Dutch production of Miss Saigon. He was then seen in Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Cats, Joseph, Evita and Saturday Night Fever before moving to the UK to do the revival of Miss Saigon. Apart from performing, he also works as a freelance chef.
Gia Macuha Atchinson has performed in: West End: The Lion King (Swing/Nala/Sarabi), Miss Saigon (Ensemble/Gigi/Ellen); Royal National Theatre: Here Lies Love (Estrella Cumpas). Nomination:
WhatsOnStage Awards (Best Supporting Actress). Awards: SPMA Awards (Side Project Music Awards) Best Female Artist- Philippine Community London; ALIW Awards Best New Group – West End Mamas
Angelo Paragoso started as a child actor with Repertory Philippines. At 17, he was cast in the Dutch production of Miss Saigon. He relocated to the UK and his credits include: Paper Dolls (Tricycle Theatre), The King & I (Royal Albert Hall), Doctor Atomic (ENO), The Reporter (NT), Miss Saigon (UK Tour).
Richard P. Peralta is a UK based Film actor/writer committed to creating diverse stories on stage/screen, especially for those of Filipinx heritage. Recent projects include Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at Sheffield Crucible. To our kapamilya in the NHS: Maraming salamat! Balbaleg ya salamat! Agyamanak unay!
Max Percy trained at East15 Acting School. Most recent acting credits include Boy on Canvas (New Earth Theatre), My Mind is Free (Rah Rah Theatre), Alone Together (Shortfilm), Dumbledore is So Gay (Vaults Festival), My Dad’s Gap Year (Park Theatre). He produces his own work under Contingency Theatre.
Ericka Posadas graduated from training in Musical Theatre. Since then, she’s performed in stage & screen. She’s thankful to be a part of this project & would like to extend her love to you – as her dad works for the NHS & her mum being an ICU nurse. Salamat, kababayan!
Scientific mind, artistic soul, BIG FOODIE. Multipotentialite Margarita San Luis Villegas (she/her/hers) is a Filipino-French London-based actor/creator. As a storyteller, her goal is to support creatives showcase their voice digitally. She helps by collaborating through acting, MUA, graphic designing, video editing, proofreading, coordinating, social media content.
Jacqui Sanchez is a British-Filipina performer hailing from London. She has worked in multiple disciplines worldwide as well as having worked as an Associate Choreographer, Movement Director, and Resident director. She is incredibly honoured to be working for the Filipinx community once more. Taos puso po akong nagpapasalamat sa inyong lahat! Saludo po kami sa inyo!
Jeffrey Sangalang trained with the NYT REP company in 2018. That season he was in Victoria’s Knickers & Consensual at the Soho Theatre. Macbeth at the Garrick Theatre and To Kill A Mockingbird at the Lyric Hammersmith. He did BOYS with The PappyShow at the Vaults Festival and at the North Wall. His most recent project was The Ocean At The End of The Lane which was on at Dorfman, National Theatre and he has recently finished a short film which will come out later on this year.
Alexzandra Sarmiento is currently dance captain and swing in the West End company of Hamilton. Past theatre includes Living Newspaper (Royal Court), Broad Shadow (The National), the McOnie Company’s Jekyll and Hyde (Old Vic), In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre), and A Chorus Line (London Palladium). More info at https://www.intertalentgroup.com/client/alexzandra-sarmiento/
Martin Sarreal is a UK based actor. His most recent stage credits include: Sin (Royal Court/ Samuel French), Finding José (Arcola Theatre), Forty Years On (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Duke of Milan – Read not Dead (Shakespeare’s Globe), Romeo and Juliet (Papergang Theatre), Emperor and the Nightingale (Theatre by the Lake), and Here Lies Love (National Theatre).
His most recent film credits include: Toof, As Dreamers Do, Nothing Ventured, and The Dew.
Joaquin Pedro Valdes credits include the UK/International Tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s award winning revival of Miss Saigon covering Thuy and The Engineer, the UK/International Tour of the Tony Award Winning revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I covering Lun Tha, and most recently, the 6-man fringe revival of Glenn Chandler’s Fanny and Stella at The Garden Theatre in Vauxhall – the first fully staged musical to play in London after the lockdown directed by Steven Dexter and choreographed by Nick Winston.
Filipino pianist Emmanuel Vass is an award-winning lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, who has a broadcast presence in over 30 countries; a #1-selling album in the classical charts, with TV appearances across ITV and Channel 4. He was recently named a ClassicFM “Young Classical Star” and a BBC Radio 3 “Rising Young Star”. He was born in Pasay, Manila, and grew up in East Yorkshire. For more information, visit his website emmanuelvass.co.uk, or follow him on Insta @the_naked_pianist.
Joyce Veheary is from Lucena City, was raised in London and trained in Texas. She has notable theatre and screen credits. TV roles include Maternity Sonographer Sarah on Coronation Street and has appeared in cult TV shows including Inside Number 9. Joyce’ll soon be appearing on CBBC’s The Dumping Ground as Filipina Mayumi D’Souza.
Since 1994, Kanlungan has been a leading charity serving the Filipino community in the UK. Out of their base in Hackney, in East London, they deliver educational and professional skills training, advice on employment, housing, and social rights, cultural programmes, mental health support, as well as campaigns for migrants’ rights across the UK. Their twelve member organisations include self-help groups for domestic workers, vulnerable women, and migrants with limited immigration status, a housing association, occupational groups, and faith groups. As an organisation deeply embedded in the Filipino migrant community in the UK, Kanlungan is uniquely positioned to carry out this work, thanks to years of building trust and confidence with its users. They are often one of the only safe spaces for the most vulnerable members of the Filipino community, such as undocumented migrants and survivors of modern-day slavery, to turn to for guidance, support, and community.
To learn more about Kanlungan and their programmes please visit www.kanlungan.org.uk.
#FilipinoFood4NHS was started in March 2020 in the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic by Filipino Fook UK and Kanlungan to give homesick Filipino NHS staff a taste of home.