Ogie Alcasid sings for a cause


Ogie Alcasid reaches out to our kababayans through his music


On the night of December 10, topselling concert and recording artist Ogie Alcasid sent a text message to his friends and to the entertainment press, including YES! magazine and PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal). The message went:

"Guys, I'm having a fundraising concert for typhoon Reming victims on December 16 at Klownz Araneta, 10pm. Tickets are at P600. Please help. Thank you.—Ogie Alcasid."

This is not the first time that the small-but-terrible singer-songwriter has embarked on charity work. His track record in fact shows that he has made it part of his life to sing and do charity work!

Early this year (January 8), for instance, he participated in talent manager Bibsy Carballo's annual gift-giving effort at the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation (Mowelfund) Film Institute compound in Cubao, Quezon City.

Ogie, along with stars Lovi Poe and couple Ricky Davao and Jackielou Blanco gave gifts, sang songs, and played with the children of film-industry workers. These included the kids of movie stuntmen (stuntment are often without jobs these days when action films have become too expensive to produce) and behind-the-scenes personnel (movie extras, cleaners, boom-mike holders, etc). Bibsy Carballo, who spearheads the post-Christmas project every year, did not have to ask Ogie twice to join.

Mid-year of 2006 (May) Ogie joined his SOP co-host Regine Velasquez in her outreach concert mounted by the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) at the Zirkoh Music Bar in Greenhills, San Juan.

The fundraising campaign, dubbed "Caravan of Love," was for the victims of the Leyte landslide tragedy that happened in February.


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