Crisis brings out the best in the Filipinos. This became more evident when artists come together to share their talents for a cause worthy as helping the rehabilitation of the victims of the recent Taal Volcano eruption.
“We saw overflowing relief efforts by kind-hearted people, but the more we see the victims, the more we realize that they need help in re-building their lives once the crisis is over,” says DZMM anchor and social entrepreneur Dr. Carl Balita.
With friends, couple Isay Alvarez and Robert Seña, and songwriter Vehnee Saturno, the “Tulong Taal Musical Collaboration for Taal Rehabilitation Project,” was conceived.
Isay recalls her childhood summers spent in Taal.
“I grew up in the Taal and it brings me to tears seeing how devastated it is and how the eruption has harmed families, livelihood and nature,” says Isay, who readily got the support of husband Robert Seña.
Vehnee got emotional watching the news.
“I entered the shower very emotional as well, spent the whole evening composing and came out with a concept of a song, ‘Tulong Taal’.”
The next day the “Tulong Taal” song was ready for recording in Vehnee’s studio. It has an all-star recording cast that features Ice Seguerra, Isay Alvarez, Kakai Bautista, Robert Seña, Frenchie Dy, The Company, Poppert Bernadas, Vehnee Saturno, Ebe Dancel, Jaya, Aicelle Santos, Bayang Barrios, and Angeline Quinto. It reached a combined viewership of one million in less than two days.
It has now gone viral on social media.
Meanwhile, the musical collaboration happens at the Cuneta Astrodome on February 1, 6 p.m. Artists who volunteered to share their time and talents include Angeline Quinto, Zephanie Dimaranan, Isay and Robert, Jamie Rivera, The CompanY, El Gamma Penumbra, Gerphil Flores, Bayang Barrios, Renz Verano, Frenchie Dy, Jenine Desiderio, Beverly Salviejo, Richard Reynoso, Peppert Bernadas, Alakim, Kier Alo, Atak, Carla Guevarra-Laforteza and the Fortenors, Janice Javier, Jose Rizal Institute Singers, Mandaluyong Children’s Choir, Shine Kuk & Dancers, Tricia Canilao and Laurence Mossman, and more.