The destruction to life and property brought about by recent super typhoon Rolly and succeeding typhoon Ulysses in the last quarter of the year that ravaged the Bicol and Cagayan Valley regions and other places in the country prompted the big-hearted Gabay Guro prime movers of the PLDT-Smart Foundation to organize a fundraiser and extend help to affected teachers, students and schools.
Gabay Guro Chairman Chaye Cabal-Revilla leads the organization as it ends the challenging year of 2020 by mounting a star-studded online musical concert billed “Himig Ng Pasko at Pag-asa,” a New Year’s benefit concert for typhoon victims, this Dec 31, Thursday.
PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, giving his all-out support to the endeavor, said, “in these challenging times, we must be able to rely on each other for support. We are privileged for the opportunity to be of help to our brothers and sisters through this Gabay Guro activity.”
Revilla carries the torch of Gabay Guro’s advocacy close to her heart. “For as long as we can, as much as we can, Gabay Guro will be here to share whatever we can to help lighten the burden of our kababayans, especially the teachers and the students who were adversely affected. We want to help and we will help,” she said.
Presented by PLDT-Smart Foundation Inc. and Metro Pacific Investments Inc., in collaboration with the Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc. and the Department of Education (DepEd), the almost two hour show will be streamed via the Gabay-Guro and DepEd Facebook pages and the Gabay Guro Youtube channel beginning at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31.
The online musical features top Filipino artists and celebrities in never-before seen collaborations as they re-introduce the grandeur of original Filipino music to the world via “Himig ng Pasko at Pag-asa.” Musical arrangements will be provided for by the country’s renowned maestros and composers led by National Artist Ryan Cayabyab. Louie Ocampo, Jimmy Antiporda, Nikko Rivera and Mon Faustino lend their outstanding talents to the production as well.
Participating artists include Sharon Cuneta, Gary Valenciano, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Martin Nievera, Kuh Ledesma, Basil Valdez, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Randy Santiago, Vina Morales, Joey Albert, Mark Bautista, Erik Santos, Christian Bautista, Morisette, Jona, Sam Concepcion, The Company, Klarisse, Aicelle Santos, Kiana Valenciano, Paolo Valenciano, Gab Valenciano, Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, The Ryan Cayabyab Singers, Jessica Sanchez, Christine Allado, Ito Rapadas, Jeremy Glinoga, The A-Team Dancers, RJ Dela Fuente and Miss Pops Fernandez, who will be hosting the event.
The megastar Sharon Cuneta and popular band Ben & Ben are also supporting the concert event by way of promotions as they already have prior year-end engagements, respectively.
With creative content and music production by Eloisa Matias, “Himig ng Pasko at Pag-asa” wishes to ignite hope in the hearts of every Filipino for a better 2020 despite the bleakness of the passing year. Matias promised that in this show, the public will not be seeing the usual guesting and greeting from guests but they will be seeing a more personal, interactive and heartfelt message from the artists.
The show will benefit teachers and students from areas identified by the DepEd.
To those whose hearts will be moved to donate, please make deposit to the following bank accounts: For Metro Pacific Investments Foundation, Inc. BDO – 001688020944, BPI – 003561030153 and Unionbank – 000320022766. For PLDT-Smart Foundation Inc. BDO Peso Account – 005310151681; BDO Unibank Dollar Account – 105310164708 with address at GV Locsin Bldg., Makati Ave., Makati City with Swift Code BNORPHMM.
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