Staying true to the message of its Christmas campaign “Andito Tayo Para Sa Isa’t Isa” this year, ABS-CBN once again able to prove that it would never ever leave Kapamilyas behind, especially in times of terrible challenges, as it held “Tulong-tulong Sa Pag-ahon: Andito Tayo Para Sa Bawat Pamilya” – a benefit concert of the ABS-CBN Foundation for the Typhoon Odette victims on Thursday, December 23.
Hosted by Robi Domingo, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, and Bernadette Sembrano, it was broadcast on the official YouTube and Facebook accounts of ABS-CBN Entertainment and ABS-CBN News, iWantTFC, Teleradyo, and TFC-IPTV and serves as a kickstart for ABS-CBN Foundation’s online fundraising drive that aims to distribute food packs to around families terribly affected by the disaster.
While any amount would do, generous Kapamilyas are encouraged to donate Php400, which is enough to buy the basics, such as rice, canned goods, and coffee, that could possibly sustain a family for three days. Besides, in-kind donations are also accepted in drop-off points of ABS-CBN that can be found in Visayas, and Mindanao.
Thus, aside from simply sharing the heart-rending and moving stories of our kababayans from Cebu, Surigao Del Norte, Bohol, Negros Occidental, Leyte, and Iloilo and simply asking avid Kapamilyas to donate any amount, the viewers were also treated to a mini concert experience as ABS-CBN talents graced the program to not only entertain us with their musical performances, but to also touch us with their heartfelt messages for everyone, especially for those who were devastated by the typhoon.
Commencing the series of mini concerts was Jona, who belted out “Man In the Mirror”, “Grown Up Christmas List,” and “Stand Up for Love.” This was followed by Tawag ng Tanghalan hurados Jed Madela and Nyoy Volante who rend our hearts with their versions of “Warrior Is A Child” and “I Will Be Here”, respectively, and their duet of “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”.
ASAP Natin ‘To mainstay Angeline Quinto also stirred us with her renditions of “Iingatan Ka”, “May Bukas Pa”, and “Huwag Kang Mangamba”, which was succeeded by the performances of new generation of idols Sheena Belarmino, Jeremy Glinoga, Angela Ken, and Kyle Echarri.
Jeremy and Sheena sang “Sweet Dreams” and “Seven-Nation Army”, while Kyle and Angela’s cover of “Don’t Dream It’s Over” was really impressive. Angela sang her very own “Ako Na Muna”, while Kyle swooned us with his performance of his own song “Dyosa”, which was followed by the reprise of “Ako Na Muna” with the four of them singing it.
They may be inside the house, but that didn’t hinder the remaining Pinoy Big Brother Kumunity Season 10 housemates from doing their part in helping those who are in dire need. Apart from letting their housemates from typhoon-stricken provinces to share their respective stories growing up in their hometowns and giving us update on the latest happenings there, they also let us hear their own compositions, namely “Kapit-bisig”, “Dalampasigan”, and “Para Lang Sa’yo.”
Teleradyo anchors Doris Bigornia and Alvin Elchico graced the show in the flesh as they recounted how initially unaware they were of the situation then in the aforementioned provinces, until flash reports came rushing in their radio program “S.R.O” about the onslaught of Typhoon Odette.
Gigi de Lana and the GG Vibes band amused us anew with her renditions of “Himala”, “Bulong”, “Sakalam”, “Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita”, and “Noypi”. Wrapping up the mini fundraising concert was Gary Valenciano, who moved us with the performances of his very own “Make Us Whole Again”, “Take Me Out of the Dark”, and “Ililigtas Ka Niya.”
Meanwhile, fans of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano actor-director Coco Martin and his leading lady Julia Montes were also delighted to see them on the program through their video messages to appeal to the public to share their blessings to the less fortunate. Gerald Anderson, Seth Fedelin, Andrea Brillantes, Belle Mariano, and Piolo Pascual also did the same in their respective parts.
For cash donations, you may send those to the bank accounts of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc, namely 0039302-14711 (swift code: BNORPHMM) for BDO, 4221-0000-27 (swift code BOPIPHMM) for BPI, and 1263-7000-4218 (swift code PNBMPHMM) for PNB, as well as in GCash, Paymaya, and Paypal. For international donations, you may send it via SMS by texting HELP4PH to 24365 (US only), visit abscbnfoundation.org, or mail it to ABS-CBN Foundation International main office.
On the other hand, drop-off points for in-kind donations, such as rice, ready-to-eat-food, water, blankets, and hygiene kits, are the following: Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse in West Triangle, Quezon City; ABS-CBN Central Visayas Complex in Mandaue City, Cebu; Palo Metropolitan Cathedral in Palo, Leyte; Negros Occidental NVC Foundation, Inc; and Bohol Bangon Bohol 2 Holy Name University in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.