Lea Salonga, Aiza Seguerra and other OPM artists waive talent fees for Fallen 44 tribute concert

Lea Salonga (wearing white) performs with The Company during a tribute concert held last night, February 23, at Solaire Theatre.


OPM (Original Pilipino Music) greats came together last night, February 23, to pay tribute to 44 fallen Special Action Forces policemen who died in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Lea Salonga, Aiza Seguerra, Martin Nievera, and Ogie Alcasid were some of the big names who topbilled the benefit concert held at The Theatre in Solaire Resort & Casino, Para�aque City.

Conducted by Ryan Cayabyab and Gerard Salonga, the concert was a hodgepodge of various talents from variety show regulars like Erik Santos, Christian Bautista, and ASAP Sessionistas to vocal group The Company, rockstars Jett Pangan and Ebe Dancel, rapper Gloc-9, international artist Apl de Ap and many more.

All the performers of Jammin for Help: Brave! including the back-up singers and bands, offered their talents without fee. Aside from the artists, the Theatre of Solaire, gave a venue grant for the tribute.

The stage opened with each of the performers coming forward to the microphone to recite the names of the SAF 44 one by one.

Running the flow of the show together with Lea, Martin insisted on calling the fallen policemen as the “Brave 44.”

He recalled how the event came to be: “Jammin for help, we’ve done this many times, for different calamities. It was actually Aiza and Lea who thought of putting all of this together.”

The night took off with a little girl’s rendition of Barry Manilow’s “One Voice,” representing the solidarity of all who participated in the event to express sympathy and offer hope to the bereaved.

It was followed by a Lea and Martin duet of Styx’s “The Best of Times” and Pippin’s “Corner of the Sky.”

The Company and Jon Santos lightened up the atmosphere with a medley of Tagalog songs including “Limang Dipang Tao” and Hotdog’s “Manila.”

Angeline Quinto, Frenchie Dy and Cara Manglapus belted it out with “Somewhere Down The Road,” and “Somewhere,” from West Side Story.

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Erik Santos enjoined the audience to remember not how the SAF 44 died but celebrate how they lived as he dedicated them his winning piece, “This is the Moment,” together with Martin.

Lea chose the songs “Brave” and “Back to Before” as fitting tribute to the Fallen 44 and their families.

“We are here for you and we love you,” was Christian Bautista’s message to the mourning as he and Arnee Hidalgo sang, “Stand By Me,” and “Lean On.”

Rachel Alejandro and her cousin, The Voice finalist Nino Alejandro, riled up the audience with, “Don’t Stop Believing,” extending a message of hope for a better country.

The lyrics of Black Eyed Peas’ song “Where is the Love” rang true as it was emphatically performed by Apl de Ap with Brad and Janice Javier from The Voice.



Janice Javier and Apl de Ap

Jett Pangan and Jimmy Antiporda rocked the night with “One” by U2. Jett stirred the crowd to get out of their seats with “Daluyong ng Dagat” and “Salamat,” together with The Dawn.

When it was her turn to take the stage, Aiza Seguerra asked the families of the Fallen 44 who were present that night to rise up and be acknowledged.

She told them, “Sana po sa ginagawa namin ngayon ay mabigyan namin kayo ng kaunting kasiyahan,” as she sang The Beatles’ “Imagine.”

Aiza was joined by Noel Cabangon and Bayang Barrios for her next number. She narrated the story behind her new composition:

“Actually na-inspire kami na gawin itong kanta na to because isang SAF officer si Joseph Sagonoy, when he was found, meron siyang mga bulaklak na dala-dala dahil kaka-propose niya lang sa girlfriend niya over the Internet.

“And siguro this time because of everything’s that been happening sa ‘tin, let’s take the time to really appreciate the people na kasama natin, mga tao na nagmamahal satin.”

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The Sessionistas Richard Poon, Sitti, Princess, Nyoy Volante, and Noel Cabangon jammed with “Come Together.”

Bayang Barrios then serenaded the spectators with “Walang Hanggan Paalam” by Joey Ayala.

This was followed by Aiza’s rendition of “Makita Kang Muli” with an interpretative dance by her wife Liza Di�o-Seguerra.





The Sessionistas came back with Frenchie Dy and a banging version of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”

In a call to take courage, Ebe Dancel and Gloc-9 performed “Sirena” and the rest of the stage joined them in singing Francis Magalona’s “Kaleidoscope.”

The participative audience members joined in by raising up the lights on their phone like glowsticks.

Martin then reminded everyone of the event’s purpose: “All the proceeds of tonight’s show goes to the family of the Brave 44, straight to them. There are no middle people here. Straight to them, as well as the wounded. There are about 15 of them, I think, that are still wounded.

“We’re here to help, you’re here to help. Thank you. The one thing we can agree on, every night as we fall asleep, even on a daily basis, we must include the Brave 44 in our every prayer, in our every thought, so that this won’t happen again.”

Before singing “The Prayer” with Ryan Gallagher and The Filipino Tenors, Dulce also offered a heartfelt message for the country:

She said, “We uphold our beautiful country to the Father’s throne of mercy and grace. As we continue to pray for the country that the Lord will touch the Philippines…

“From the top of Luzon to the tip of Mindanao to bring order to our government, to the President, to the barangay officials, to revive our PNP, our Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“And tayong lahat, patuloy nating ipanalangin ang bawat isa sapagkat ang ating bansa, ang Pilipinas ay isang bansang pinagpala.”

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Nearing the end of the show, Leah and Martin came back with another duet, of Stevie Wonder’s “Used To Be.”

For the grand finale, Ogie Alcasid performed Ryan Cayabyab’s composition, “O Bayan Ko,” then was joined by all of the performers to cap the night off.





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