“Panagdait Davao: Ipadayon ang Pagtabang”
By Jojie Alcantara
It is a feat to gather rock bands and performers together for a big charity event.
Even more noble is when government organizations and nongovernment entities set aside differences to launch a project that will benefit families severely affected by December’s record-breaking Super Typhoon Pablo in Mindanao.
“Panagdait Davao: Ipadayon ang Pagtabang,” is one such ambitious project, a three-day concert held at the Abreeza Mall’s open parking grounds from March 21 to 23 from 5pm to 12pm each evening.
This is a concerted effort by the Amnesty International, the Eastern Mindanao Command, LGUs and NGOs collaborating and uniting to raise funds in building shelters of the typhoon victims in the most affected areas of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley provinces.
Performers from Manila and local-based indie groups have pooled in their talents sans the professional fees to inspire others with this charity concert: Alamid, Carlos Agassi, Cueshe, Clementine, Freestyle, Gracenote, Grin Department, Join the club, Junior Kilat, Lolita Carbon, Joey Ayala, Popong Landero, Ney Dimaculangan, Nyoy Volante, Side A, Sky Junkie, South Border, Tropical Depression, True Faith, Wency Cornejo, Wolfgang, Yano, among others.
Joining in are bands from the 10th and 4th Infantry Divisions, Philippine National Police and an Earth Hour Segment between 8:00 to 9:00 pm on March 23 topbilled by the talented Popong Landero and Greenpeace Volunteers.
The concert aims to raise budget for the rehabilitation of 600 homes which the organizers have started with the AFP since December’s relief operations. So far more than 300 have been built in the affected municipalities by the united sectors. The benefit concert is also made possible with the support of several sponsors and donors.
Mindanao’s pride, Eric Gancio of Yano fame, invites everyone to watch. “I would like to share this event to all. We share a clear sense of common good towards those who have urgent needs. All we need is to be together with the fullest of trust and confidence,” he imparts.
Tickets vary at P1,000, P300, and P100 each.
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