The sold-out star-studded concert of ABS-CBN, “Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na” was successfully held last November 16, Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
With over 50 celebrities, the concert was dedicated to all Filipinos who were affected by the tragedies that hit the country including the Zamboanga crisis, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake and the recent super typhoon Yolanda.
Several highlights of the event include the lighting ceremony of the giant Christmas tree at the Araneta Center with Kapamilya stars, Toni Gonzaga, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo and Angelica Panganiban, Miss Universe 3rd runner-up Ariella Arida, 2013 Miss Supranational Mutya Datul and Araneta Group’s Senior Vice President for Operations, Antonio Mardo. Later, the Araneta Group donated P11 million to Sagip Kapamilya’s relief operations. MTRCB Chairman Toto Villareal also handed out their pledges to ABS-CBN Foundation’s Managing Director, Gina Lopez.
Another was the concert’s grand opening which included the biggest Kapamilya singing sensations like Lea Salonga, Gary Valenciano, Piolo Pascual, Sam Milby, Jovit Baldivino, Jamie Rivera, Sitti, and Toni Gonzaga, among others. Gary V. asked the audience to raise their mobile phones as a symbol of light during our nation’s dark times. Piolo Pascual also announced later that ABS-CBN Mobile will give out 100,000 free sim cards along with the relief goods that will be sent to typhoon Yolanda survivors.
Inspiration filled the coliseum with the performances of El Gamma Penumbra, 6 Cycle Mind, the Mandaluyong Philharmonic Chorus, Charice, Bugoy Drilon, Renz Verano. The University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors, Abra, Daryl Shy, Fatima Soriano, Roel Manlangit, Rico J. Puno, Quest, Noel Cabangon, Radha, Bituin Escalante, KZ Tandingan, Princess Velasco, AKA Jam, Paolo Valenciano, Mitoy and Martin Nievera. An equally electrifying dance number was also shared by Rayver Cruz, Empress Schuck, John Prats, Maja Salvador and the G-Force.
During the show, celebrities took turns in acknowledging and sharing stories of resilience and compassion in between performances while others thanked donors and appealed for more donations with Robi Domingo, Alex Gonzaga, Karen Davila and Julius Babao hosting at the Sagip Kapamilya Telethon office.
In lieu of the Christmas season, a video from ABS-CBN’s child stars, Zaijan Jaranilla, Xyriel Manabat, Raikko Mateo, Bugoy Carillo, Mutya Orquia, Andrea Brillantes, Kyline Alcantara and the “Goin’ Bulilit” cast greeted everyone a ‘Merry Christmas.’
Other celebrities present in the concert were John Lloyd Cruz, Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, Kaye Abad, Carlo Aquino, Matt Evans, Nikki Valdez, Enchong Dee, Xian Lim, Pokwang, Matteo Guidicelli, Iza Calzado, Angel Locsin, Venus Raj and Shaina Magdayao, among others.
The concert ended with the all-star cast onstage singing ABS-CBN’s Christmas Station ID theme song, “Kwento ng Pasko.”
“Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na: ABS-CBN’s All Star Benefit Concert” will air later tonight on “Sunday’s Best” after “Gandang Gabi Vice.”
Watch various videos of the Kapamilya stars behind-the-scenes here while preparing for the concert, and check out their photos here.
ABS-CBN artists and executives show their symbol of support by wearing the Tulong Na shirt, check them out here.
For more information on how to help Sagip Kapamilya's relief operations, visit http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/tulongph