Magkakaroon ng repeat ang 3D: Tatlong Dekada concert ni Martin Nievera sa November 22, Biyernes, sa Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Nang mag-presscon ang veteran singer noong Oktubre para sa kanyang repeat concert, hindi pa nangyayari ang delubyong bumayo sa Central Visayas sanhi ng tropical cyclone Yolanda.
Dahil sa trahedya, napagdesisyunan ni Martin at ng mga prodyuser ng kanyang anniversary concert na maging fundraising event ito.
Kuwento ng Concert King sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), “Well, now it’s no longer just a concert.
“Now, I want to make it like a place… like the Ayala Malls, where people can help.
“I think every show from now on should be a fundraiser, even if it means to put little baskets... ‘coz I think everybody wants a place to give.
“That’s why the Ayala Malls starting a great tradition, I think, which will go on until we see a new Visayas.
“And that’s a place where people can bring their goods, their hard work, and that they would know that they have a part in rebuilding the south.”
Ang tinutukoy ni Martin na inisyatibo ng Ayala Malls ay ang The Art of Joy: Stars of Joy Concert, na idinaos kagabi, November 19, sa Glorietta Activity Center, sa Makati City.
Ang malilikom na donasyon ng kumpanya ay ibibigay nito para sa relief and rebuilding efforts sa mga biktima ng bagyong Yolanda.
Dagdag pa ni Martin, “So that’s what I hope to start also—to continue what Mr. Zobel has started.
“To make my concert as open as an Ayala Mall for donations, for awareness of what’s going on.
“I know we’re celebrating my songs, celebrating my dance, my music, my laughter…
“We couldn’t be more serious about what’s going on down south than we are today.”
Ang pamilyang Zobel de Ayala ang may-ari ng Ayala Malls.
ON SLOW-MOVING RELIEF OPERATIONS. Ano naman ang masasabi ni Martin sa mga batikos sa gobyerno dahil diumano sa mabagal na pag-usad ng relief at rehabilitation efforts?
Saad niya, “Well, you know what, it’s never gonna be fast enough because of the…
“I mean, we shouldn’t blame… we could blame anyone right now, but who cares—as long as it gets there.
“I don’t care whose name is on the plastic bag.
“I don’t care if it gets there, that it’s too slow for as long as it gets there—fresh and new and not spoiled, and not everyone’s awful clothes, and, you know, torn-up shoes.
“You’re gonna give them the best of yourself.
“And, I think, that’s what I’m trying to show in my concert.
"That we, as Filipino artists, we are the ones you run to when you’re depressed and when you’re sad.
“We are the court jesters of this kingdom of the Philippines.”
Marami rin ang nagtatanong kung bakit nauuna pa ang mga artistang tumulong sa panahon ng kalamidad kaysa sa mga pulitiko.
Ano ang reaksiyon ni Martin dito?
“Well, we’re… I’m sorry to say this, but I think artistas are the ones you look for first.
“Sa dami-dami ng politicians na hindi namin alam kung sinu-sino, it’s very hard for us to recognize who and where we can trust our money.
“Sagip Kapamilya is a very well known, the Red Cross is very well known… and there are so many well-known charities that we can give to.
“But who do we know, except for their faces we see every day on teleseryes and so forth?
“And artists are very, very… we have no politics, we have no government, we have nothing to lose.
“So that’s why we can come out boldly and say, ‘I’m going to Cebu and I will help my brothers and sisters.’ We can easily say that.
“To our politicians, he has to be very careful, she has to be very careful of how and where she sends, because I know it takes time.
“But if you just… if you panic…
"If you’re a politician, you don’t panic.
“If you’re an artista, you panic.
"You want to be able to give all that you can give when you see those tears and the stories you hear on television.”
Dagdag pa ni Martin, “We are the emotional ones. Politicians don’t have that luxury.”