25 January 2014; Avon, Fontainebleau. The Francois I Lycée, the biggest and oldest high school in the Avon Fontainebleau, 55 kilometers northeast of Paris, held a benefit music concert for those affected by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Held at the Maison dans la Vallée Community Center and Performance Hall, the concert was a collaboration of all music students at the school. The concert was attended by parents, family and friends of the faculty and students. Representing Her Excellency Ambassador Cristina G. Ortega were Third Secretary and Vice Consul André Peter C. Estanislao and Cultural Attaché Frankson G. Ong. In his opening remarks Mr. Estanislao expressed appreciation to the wonderful initiative that the students and faculty have shown in support of the Philippines. He thanked everyone for their time and effort to make the concert a reality.
Mr. Didier Matha, the school’s director, also lauded the faculty and staff of the school for their spirit of volunteerism and gratitude during these trying times for the Philippines. He also thanked Embassy officials who attended the benefit concert and said that their presence made the occasion even more special. Students performed various musical numbers from classical pieces such as Chopin’s FantaisieImpromptue on piano, Duo de Vivaldi on violin, Don Giovanni et Juliette dans l’oeuvre de Gounod to modern pop songs such as David Guetta’sTitanium and Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You. Students and faculty also sold homemade pastries and refreshments before and after the concert. All proceeds will go to the Schools for Schools Program which will benefit the Town of Guiuan, Leyte.