MANILA--Regine Velasquez's livestreamed birthday concert raised more than P4.2 million for Bantay Bata 163.
The concert, filmed from her home and which lasted nearly three hours Saturday night, featured performances of her hits, medleys, covers of classics such as Eraserheads' "With a Smile," and guest appearances from her son Nate and Broadway star Lea Salonga.
The Facebook stream also showed birthday messages, and a tribute to Bantay Bata 163, its initiatives, and founder, the late Gina Lopez.
The donations were coursed through the ABS-CBN Foundation, and will mainly benefit Bantay Bata's programs outside its coronavirus relief efforts, including the "Children's Village," which houses rescued abused, neglected and abandoned children.
The concert was well-received, reaching thousands of fans, and attracted several celebrity viewers such as Sharon Cuneta, who donated P1 million to the cause.
Velasquez, who turned 50, posted after the show: "Walang hangang pasasalamat. Maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong tulong."
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