A star of Britain’s Got Talent was among the performers at a special event in Norwich held to raise money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

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Arisxandra Libantino, who was a finalist in this year’s version of the ITV talent show, performed at the Christmas charity ball: a Variety Show, held at Sprowston High School on Saturday.

The event, which was organised by PINAS Norwich, an organisation representing Filipinos, also featured performances by local recording talent, including Brad Waterman and Joseph Apostol, of The Voice UK 2013.

Ryan Mayor, a professional development officer at PINAS, said: “We initially conceptualised this event in response to the earthquake calamity in Bohol in the Philippines.

“As we started preparing for this, we had the super typhoon and as we all know, it had the most severe devastation in the country with lost lives and hundreds of thousands displaced in the process.

“In this regard, we thought of making this event a concerted effort to help those affected by the calamities as Bohol is also part of Visayas, where the typhoon wreaked havoc.”

Guests were charged a £10 entry fee to the ball, with food and entertainment provided.

Some of the performers came from as far afield as London and Manchester and the line-up was completed by three bands and Filipino artists.

During the night, auctions were held to raise more money for the calamity victims, while the high school staging the event donated the hire fee of their facilities on the night boosting the financial collection for the cause.

Mr Mayor added: “It was well attended by people from Suffolk and Norfolk with few coming from other counties; a good mix of Filipinos and the British public.

“The variety of entertainment was well received, from musical segments to indie and mainstream music.

“The crowd danced the night away and congratulated the officers of PINAS for this organised event.

“Messages were outpouring with congratulations for the success of the event, dubbing it as the best charity concert ever.”






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