World Vision’s Bangon Pinoy, a benefit concert for the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda, was successfully held on December 1, at the convention center of St. Paul’s College in Pasig City.
About 40 Filipino artists graced the stage with their talents in singing, dancing, and performing monologue all for the benefit of our stricken fellow Filipinos.
Artists who participated were Christian Bautista, Quest, Karylle, Sam Concepcion, Jovit Baldivino, Marcelito Pomoy, Bugoy Drilon, Liezel Garcia, Mikey Bustos, Julie Ann San Jose, Ryan Bang, Markki Stroem, Young JV, Krissy and Ericka Villongco, Nanette Inventor, Robert Seña, Rhap Salazar, and many more.
Bangon Pinoy was organized by celebrity advocate Tippy dos Santos and her mom Happy dos Santos.
Tippy is one of the most involved advocates of World Vision, having joined several relief distributions from past disasters, including this latest one from super typhoon Yolanda.
Tippy herself went to Tacloban last November 23, and distributed relief packs to the affected families there.
Having seen the devastation first-hand, she and her mom wanted to help more by organizing this fundraising event for the survivors.
Tippy recalled how very easily she was able to convince her celebrity friends to take part in this concert for a cause.
“I invited my friends and 90 percent of them said yes. Everybody wanted to help, so it was really nice of them.
"They all willingly did this for free,” she said.
Two of the main acts of the night—fellow advocate and balladeer Christian Baustista, and hip hop and R&B singer Quest—took part in the concert because they believe that as artists, it is their responsibility to inspire and spread awareness.
“It’s my way of rallying the people to help raise funds for the rehabilitation of Visayas,” Christian said.
“Tonight is about empowering the people to stand up and do something.
"The one million pesos donation is something that will really help our survivors,” said Quest.
Both also expressed their desire to go to the affected areas themselves and give hope to the afflicted.
“The best way pa rin is sana makapunta tayo doon to personally inspire, to personally pick them up.
“Kung pwede lang akong lumipat ngayon doon sa Tacloban to help, I will.
"But now, ito muna iyong mabibigay ko, and I’m a hundred percent game," Christian said.
"If we could have done this event in Tacloban, that would have [made an] impact to those survivors.
"More than money and food, it’s hope that people there are lacking.
"Music brings hope and I hope na umabot 'tong ginawa natin doon,” added Quest.
Young pop singer Julie Anne San Jose and Korean comedian Ryan Bang encouraged people to donate, stressing that it’s not about how much you give, but rather, your heart to give.
“Kahit malaki o maliit ang maibigay ang importante makatulong tayo, kaya sana kahit sino, magbigay tulong.
"Kahit maliit o malaki, ang importante iyong puso ay willing tumulong,” Ryan appealed.
“Kung mag-donate nga tayo ng five pesos each, malaki pag pinagsama-sama. I urge everyone to help,” Julie Anne encouraged.
World Vision's national director Josaias dela Cruz is overwhelmed and grateful for the undying support of the Filipino people toward each other.
He ended the event by expressing his gratefulness to all who supported Bangon Pinoy.
“In behalf of World Vision Philippines, I would like to thank each one of you who are here tonight.
"We would like to thank the organizers, Mommy Happy and Tippy dos Santos, all the performers, and to everyone who donated and supported this event," Josaias said.
He ended his speech with a message of unity, faith and hope: “You know what happens when people stand together?
"There is strength and there is unity. And when God’s people stand out and reach out, you bring hope, you bring life.
"Mabuhay po kayong lahat!”
REHABILITATION PLANS. The event raised one million pesos, which was added to World Vision's relief operations fund.
The organization targets to provide relief assistance to 80,000 families—about 400,000 individuals—in the hardest-hit areas of Leyte, Samar, Panay Islands, and northern Cebu.
It also looks into providing shelter assistance and child-focused interventions to help children cope from the disaster.
Over 70,300 survivors have been assisted as of this writing.
World Vision provided survivors with food kits that contain 15 kilos of rice, one kilo of mongo beans, 10 cans of sardines, one kilo of sugar, 2.5 kilos of biscuits, one liter of cooking oil, and six liters of water.
Hygiene kits were also given, and they included bath and laundry soaps, toothbrush, toothpaste, nail clipper, sanitary pads, and body wraps.
Each relief pack was intended to serve a family of five for a whole week.
The Bangon Pinoy concert was co-presented by PLDT, Smart, St. Paul Pasig, Keystone Lodge, Stages, sponsors Ignacio's Catering, Shimmian Manila, Ultra Mega supermarket, Visual craft, Mang Inasal, New Zealand Ice cream.