Support this rock camp for Bay Area Filipinx girls and gender-expansive youth
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, you have a chance to have a hand in raising the next generation’s Tessy Alfonso.
Sampaguita Rock Camp was created in 2022 as a space where Filipinx girls and gender-expansive youth can learn, play, write, and perform music in community. Its sophomore year kicked off on Aug. 6 but the girls still need a bit of help to make their Aug. 12 showcase at The Starry Plough in Berkeley happen.
Sampaguita Rock began when a Filipino-American mom recognized the need for a community youth music camp when her young daughter began drumming during the pandemic. Friends, family, and artists in her community came together to set the camp up. Among its co-founders are DJ Les Talusan and musician Tanya Marciana Alota.
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This year, Sampaguita Rock is holding an online fundraiser with a goal of collecting $5,000 to help cover operation costs and give financial assistance to its first to ninth grade campers. From a Funko Gold vinyl figure of H.E.R. to a beginner sarunay lesson, the auction items up for grabs are incredibly varied but the fundraiser has yet to hit the halfway mark.
If you’re in the Bay Area this weekend, you can also attend their showcase at The Starry Plough by purchasing a ticket at $10. And who knows? Maybe the camp’s visiting artists such as Ruby Ibarra will swing by to support the girls.