Concert raises P1 million for 'Yolanda' survivors


Posted at Dec 04 2013 04:16 PM | Updated as of Dec 05 2013 12:17 AM

Some of the artists at the "Bangon Pinoy" concert. Photo: Handout

MANILA – A benefit concert held over the weekend was able to raise P1 million for survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) in the Visayas.

“Bangon Pinoy,” which was organized by World Vision celebrity advocate Tippy dos Santos, featured around 40 Filipino artists, among them Christian Bautista, Karylle, Sam Concepcion, Jovit Baldivino, Marcelito Pomoy, Bugoy Drilon, Liezl Garcia, Ryan Bang, Markki Stroem, Young JV, Quest and Julie Ann San Jose.

In a statement released by World Vision, dos Santos recalled how most of her celebrity friends immediately agreed to take part in the benefit concert.

“I invited my friends and 90% of them said yes. Everybody wanted to help so it was really nice of them. They all willingly did this for free,” she said.

The participating artists, for their part, said they were happy to have helped in their own little way.

“It’s my way of rallying the people to help raise funds for the rehabilitation of Visayas,” Bautista said.

“Kung pwede lang akong lumipat ngayon doon sa Tacloban to help, I will. But now, ito muna ‘yung maibibigay ko and I’m 100% game… More than money and food, it’s hope that people there are lacking. Music brings hope and I hope na umabot ‘tong ginawa natin doon,” Quest said.

“Kahit malaki o maliit ang maibigay, ang importante, makatulong tayo. Kaya sana kahit sino, magbigay tulog. Kahit maliit o malaki, ang importante ‘yung puso ay willing tumulong,” Bang said.

“Kung mag-donate nga tayo ng P5 each, malaki ‘pag pinagsama-sama. I urge everyone to help,” San Jose said.

World Vision said it aims to provide relief assistance to 80,000 families, or around 400,000 people, in the hardest-hit areas of Leyte, Samar, Panay Islands and Northern Cebu. The group also plans on giving shelter assistance and child-focused interventions to help the young ones cope from the impact of “Yolanda.”

As of Monday, World Vision said it has assisted more than 70,300 survivors.