In the midst of the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda, MYX Philippines gathers top local acts in the Philippines to perform for the MYX Mo! 2013 benefit concert.
MYX Mo! 2013 was held Tuesday night, November 12, at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. The proceeds will go to typhoon victims, most of whom are located in the Visayas region.
Pop balladeer Christian Bautista is thankful that MYX Philippines decided to turn MYX Mo! 2013 into a benefit concert to help those affected by the typhoon, which falls under Category 5, the highest level used by meteorologists to classify severe weather events.
“You know, I’m so thankful sa MYX na like that, they changed the concept.
“Originally, it wasn’t like that pero because of what happened, their hearts were so big and they changed it right away. So everyone started having a purpose.
“This show now is not just to promote ourselves pero to have a good show para matuwa yung mga Pilipino.”
Aside from the benefit concert, Christian also engages in other activities to help victims of super typhoon Yolanda.
“Money, yes, I gave money and then, of course, yung sa Twitter and Facebook.
“And then we’re meeting with other celebrities din, you know. Sell some of our old clothes and stuff. So, basically, fund raising, awareness and my own personal money…”
Christian would also like to go to Tacloban and other areas affected by typhoon Yolanda to personally give help to victims.
“I wanna go, it just has to be planned properly. I love the volunteerism but we need order. So go there, find an organization and then work with them.
“Para safe, may direksyon… organized yung distribution.
“Tacloban is very bad, pero there are others sorrounding it na ngayon lang sumusulpot.
“So, there’s so much money now, 3 billion. It has to be now allocated properly.”
ASEAN CONCERT IN JAPAN. Meanwhile, Christian is gearing up to represent the Philippines in the ASEAN-Japan Music Fair.
“I’m representing the Philippines in an ASEAN concert in Japan,” Christian told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press.
The ASEAN-Japan Music Fair will take place on November 28 at NHK Hall in Tokyo, Japan to commemorate the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. The Kapuso talent promised to do his best while representing the Philippines at the concert.
“It’s great na ako yung napili...Pero, I mean, it’s a good feeling and I have to do my best, you know.”
Christian pointed out that this concert also honors the countries that helped Japan recover from massive damage after it was hit by a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
The Kapuso singer says that the rehabilitation efforts in Japan are similar to what the country is currently facing now after the massive damage caused by typhoon Yolanda.
Christian explains, “Kasi they’re celebrating unity because of what happened during nung earthquake and the tsunami.
“So ngayon, naka-recover na sila, e. So medyo parang ginagather nila yung ASEAN to… like a thank you and friendship concert.
“So, I’m going there now and my country is experiencing what you have experienced somewhat.
“So, parang I feel it’s like a mission of mine. So, hopefully maging maganda yung experience.
Aside from Christian, other artists from ASEAN countries featured in the ASEAN-Japan Music Fair are: Zul Faden from Brunei Darussalam, Preab Sovath from Cambodia, AKB48 / W-inds /EXILE from Japan, Agnes Monica from Indonesia, Annita from Laos, Siti Nurhaliza from Malaysia, Sai Sai Kham Leng from Myanmar, Olivia Ong from Singapore, Bird Thongcha from Thailand, and My Linh from Vietnam.