Toni Gonzaga and Erik Santos were both presented a plaque of appreciation by the Philippine National Red Cross for their participation in the non-government humanitarian organization's joint project with Star Records.
The two singers and Grand Star Dreamer Yeng Constantino recorded the song, "Bagong Umaga"—the official 150th anniversary theme song of the Red Cross here in our country—for free. Yeng was not able to attend the plaque-giving event due to another commitment.
Founded in 1863 by Swiss businessman and social activist Henry Dunant, The International Committee of the Red Cross grew into a worldwide private humanitarian institution known for extending aid and help not just to victims of armed conflicts; widening its reach, the Red Cross helps the less privileged and needy, whether or not they're war victims.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Red Cross, Star Records releases the compilation album, I Move. I Give. I Love. Proceeds of the album will go directly to the Red Cross.
"Malaking bagay po para sa amin ito dahil we're not just doing something for ourselves but also for the community and for the country as well. So nakakatuwa at nakakataba ng puso na isa po kami sa nagri-represent at tumatayo for Red Cross," said Toni at the official press conference held at ABS-CBN's 9501 restaurant in Quezon City.
Erik made a long statement: "It's really a privilege and honor na maging parte po nitong proyekto ng Red Cross and agree po ako sa sinabi ni Chairman [Sen. Richard Gordon] na gusto po naming ipahatid sa mga tao na kapag celebrity ka or artista ka e hindi kailangan na maganda at guwapo ka lang sa TV. 'Yong kislap mo dapat kumislap din sa ibang tao lalong-lalo na sa mga nangangailangan. So, sa maliit naming kontribusyon bilang mang-aawit naipapahatid namin 'yong talagang sense, yong talagang meaning kung ano talagang gusting iparating ng Red Cross."
In a separate interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Sen. Gordon expressed the importance of tapping celebrities to further disseminate the aim, objectives, and projects of the Red Cross, particularly among the youth.
"In this day and age of pop singers and idols, you need people who can [set an example] to the young, who probably don't have enough time to analyze their world," he said over a cup of soup. "Baka magulat sila na 'yong kanilang mga idol e, meron din palang advocacy."
Other artists who lend their voices to the project are Nyoy Volante, Aiza Seguerra, Roselle Nava, Raki Vega, Charice Pempengco, Kyla, Akafellas, Karel Marquez, Charlie Green, The Company and Pinky Marquez.