April 28, 2018

Spoken Word Poetry Night Raises S$1800 for SAS’ Gawad Kalinga Club

Wednesday, April 25th 2018 – A spoken word poetry night organized by Columbia Alumni Association of Singapore (CAA) Board Member,Mark Clemente (CC’08) raised S$1800 to support underserved communities in the Philippines in creating schools, homes, multi-sport facilities, and infrastructure. The funds will benefit the Singapore American School’s (SAS) Gawad Kalinga (GK) Club in building a GK Village in the Philippines.

Held at the Blue Jaz Café, Poetry Lounge Singapore: Spoken Word Poetry Night drew more than 60 people and showcased some of the best writers, storytellers, and spoken word poets in Singapore. The poets included: Margi Antonio, William Beal, Stefanie Dogfoot, Elisabeth Gunawan, Marc Nair, and Michelle Turberfield.

The poets helped to create an evening experience that filled the room with rhyme, song, prose, metaphoric expression coupled with extreme laughter from the audience. The event’s emcee and founder of the Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity, Kamil Haque led a special “conversation and question” with all the poets at the end to better understand what inspires them to write poetry, perform and share their stories.


The Poetry Lounge Singapore is to create a communal space for people to listen, be heard and share their ideas and artistic creativity. The Poetry Lounge Singapore celebrates poetry in all forms, and welcomes all those who are courageous enough to share their stories. The vision is to elevate and integrate spoken word poetry as a means to inspire, share, question, and connect with individuals across communities and create awareness of worthy causes across South East Asia. 

Gawad Kalinga means "to give care" in Tagalog. GK is a Philippines-based organization that has worked to establish sustainable communities for the impoverished since 2003. These communities provide the shelter and education necessary to restore dignity and partner with the poor. Job training harnesses untapped entrepreneurial potential by offering resources to form social and environmental sustainable businesses.

Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity HCAC is the home of the Method Acting in Asia. As the training arm of Method Metropolis, we are the first professional acting studio in English in Singapore.

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