Haiti

Positive Pop for Haiti Relief

The Patalinghug siblings have at least two up on the Jackson 5 – an additional member, and singing for a purpose. The 4 brothers and two sisters are motivated by family, faith, loving music and, most recently, the plight of earthquake survivors in Haiti. The group, Musix, put on a benefit concert at their parish Church of St. John the Evangelist in Severna Park, Maryland, and raised $1,911 for Catholic Relief Service’s efforts in Haiti.

They formed the group 5 years ago to surprise their dad Carlos for his 40th birthday. After practicing together, they realized that they were having fun and had some real talent. C.J., the oldest at 18 and the group’s songwriter/choreographer, enjoys working with Alyssa (17), Emmanuel (15), Gabriel (12), Angelique (12) and Jared (9). He smiled when asked how the siblings get along during long hours of rehearsals.

Singing siblings

The Patalinghug siblings music group Musix put on a put on a benefit concert at their parish, Church of St. John the Evangelist in Severna Park, Maryland, to raise money for the Haiti emergency response. Photo by Susan Katz/CRS

“Really, we’re just like any other family … maybe a little bit bigger!” he added. “At the end of the day, we know we love each other.”

Due to their proximity to CRS’ headquarters in Baltimore, the whole family decided to come to the office and present the check to president Ken Hackett and deputy vice president of Charitable Giving Mark Melia. They were even game for an impromptu concert that started with an audience of staff from the executive office, but soon grew as employees throughout the building heard voices lift through the atrium. It offered a few minutes away from computers that continue to be filled with urgent messages about Haiti relief and ongoing work around the world, and offered a perfect note to welcome the new beginnings of spring.

Jen Hardy, Communications Coordinator

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