Dance crew ‘Diff Fam’ proved they’re beyond famous on TikTok as they embarked on the first in a series of community relief efforts, handing out food packs and water in several areas of Cebu affected by Typhoon Odette.
Despite picking up the pieces a month after Typhoon Odette tore through the country, people in several parts of Cebu are still reeling from its aftermath. Still, the spirit of “bayanihan” can be strongly felt, especially among young people, as many of them have banded together to help their community. One such group is the Diff Fam dance team from Cebu. They are the first dance team to be verified on TikTok with 5.4 million followers.
According to the founder and principal choreographer John Byron Padilla, Diff Fam, which is the abbreviation of “Do it for fun family”, has more than a hundred members composed mainly of teenagers from the municipality of Balamban and other areas. neighbors of the 3rd district of Cebu.
“Dancing develops discipline and focus among our members,” says Byron, who is proud to say that being part of Diff Fam steers many young people away from vices and helps build their character.
Fresh off the success of their 10th anniversary dance concert “The Rhythm” in early December 2021, Diff Fam felt the need to do something different in light of the aftermath of Typhoon Odette which severely affected their hometown of Balamban. Many houses have been badly damaged and there is a general lack of food and water.
“We wanted to help our fellow Filipinos so they can rebuild and recover from the typhoon,” says Diff Fam dancer Clifford Pormento, who adds that many of their members wanted to do an awareness activity.
On January 15, 2022, Diff Fam joined AP Partylist in continuing their Typhoon Odette relief efforts by distributing loaves of bread, bags of rice and bottled water to over 500 residents of Barangay Baliwagan in the municipality of Balamban where many members of the DIff Fam dance team are also from.
“This would not have been possible without the help of the AP Partylist. This is just the first of many outreach activities we will be doing with them. We have mobilized 30 of our Diff Fam members who have made the actual distribution to our fellow citizens,” says Byron, who added that their members feel happy and energized to be able to help their community.
“Thank you to Cong. Ronnie Ong of the AP Partylist and the members of Diff Fam for their support. It’s so good to be able to help others. It’s inspiring, and this time we’re not just giving them entertainment , but we were able to help our fellow Filipinos,” concludes Clifford. (Sponsored Content)