(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) A school teacher, a part-time model, a singer and a homemaker all of them have one thing in common. They are all members of the newly-formed Filipino Performing Artist Club in Oman (FIPACO) and a majority come from the Visayas, a group of Philippine islands which bore the brunt of Typhoon Haiyan last year.
They have all suffered huge financial losses back home due to the natural calamity. Their relatives are still trying to recover and so are they. The only way to overcome the worry and grief is through FIPACO where they have come together to share their passion for performing arts.
''A majority of our members come from the Visayas and so they have a lot of things to share. And art is a good way to express and engage oneself,'' said Ferdic Valencia, chairman, FIPACO.
Apart from actors, playwrights, directors and dancers who perform in shows organised by FIPACO, there are many like Claudia Cardona, a homemaker who has joined the club to help these artistes with their make-up and hair.
Claudia who hails from the Visayas said, ''The tragedy that struck our homes has devastated us. FIPACO gave us the opportunity to forget all that and move on. It gave us a reason to be happy. Each one of us has volunteered to do something for the club.
''While those who are part-time models have volunteered to groom new models, homemakers like me are helping with hair dressing. So, it is like one big family where each one is committed to support other.''
FIPACO members meet regularly and organise plays. ''We can never forget what our families have suffered back home. The houses where we spent our childhood in have been destroyed. We are trying to recover from the losses and move on in life,'' Claudia ad