MANILA -- Former Rivermaya frontman Rico Blanco donated his entire talent fee from the recent Sundown Music Festival in Singapore to the victims of super typhoon 'Yolanda' (international name: Haiyan) in Leyte.
Facing a diverse crowd, Blanco, clad in an ati-atihan inspired outfit, dedicated his performance to the typhoon survivors, which included the song "Bangon," which he wrote after typhoon Ondoy hit the Philippines.
His repertoire in Singapore consisted of songs from his solo second album, as well as well-loved Rivermaya hits.
Blanco, whose mother was in Leyte when the typhoon struck last November 8, rushed back to the province after the show to check on his relatives.
Other performers include Filipino rock band Rocksteddy, Thailand's No More Tears, and Indonesian band Nidji which also dedicated their performance to the victims of the typhoon.
Japan's Screw and D=OUT, South Korea's AOA, China's Adonia Shao Yu Huan, and Taiwan's Yoga Lin and Cantopop star Bosco Wong also graced the event.
An estimated 8,000 music fans flocked to the Marina Promenade’s F1 Pit Area last November 16 for the music festival.