Nagdaos ng benefit concert para sa mga biktima ng super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan ang American singer na si David Pomeranz noong November 29, Biyernes, sa Bar360 ng Resorts World Manila.
Pinamagatang Got To Believe: Now and Forever, Love and Music with David Pomeranz, umabot sa halos dalawampu ang kinanta ni David.
Kabilang na rito ang hit songs niyang “Got To Believe,” “King and Queen of Hearts,” at “If You Walked Away.”
Bago matapos ang concert, nag-alay rin si David ng Pamaskong kanta para sa mga Pinoy.
Ito ay ang “Pasko Na Sinta Ko,” na pinasikat ni Gary Valenciano.
Pagkatapos ng concert ay eksklusibong nakapanayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si David.
Sabi ng 62-year-old singer-composer, “Well, Annabelle Regalado-Borja, who’s my manager, she took this up tonight.
"And the idea is to contribute the money to the victims of Yolanda.
“So, I’ve been honored to do that.”
Si Annabelle ay dating executive ng Star Records, ang recording arm ng ABS-CBN.
Nagtayo na siya ng sariling kumpanya at nagpo-produce ng concerts ng local and international artists dito sa Pilipinas.
Siya rin ang nagma-manage ngayon ng career ni Marvin Agustin.
DISBELIEF. Ayon pa kay David, nakakahabag ang mga balitang napanood niya sa telebisyon pagkatapos manalasa ni Yolanda sa central Visayas noong November 8.
“The first thing is disbelief, as we saw in America on the news.
“I knew that there were a lot of devastations here often.
"There a lot of typhoons, there a lot of earthquakes blah, blah, blah... have been coming here for years. I know it well.
“And when I actually saw what really happened—it was very, very strong—it has an effect on me.
“And it was kinda disbelief, it was like 9/11 or something.
“I can’t… I don’t understand what I’m looking at.”
Ang 9/11 ay ang terrorist attacks sa ilang key institutions sa Amerika noong September 11, 2001, kabilang na ang World Trade Center.
Pero ayon sa American singer, “But it still happened, and we’ll prevail… you will prevail, as Philippines always does.”
RESILIENCY OF FILIPINOS. Hindi na bago si David sa Pilipinas.
Paroo’t parito na ito sa bansa para sa kanyang mga pagtatanghal kaya pamilyar na raw sa kanya ang mga Pilipino.
Naniniwala siya na mabilis makabangon ang Pinoy dahil sa kanilang tibay ng loob.
Saad pa nito, “It’s trademark, it’s famous... that’s all I can say about.
“It’s something that’s expected... There’s no doubt about it, and there’s no option, there’s no failure.
“You know, you guys pick it up and go on and succeed—and that’s forever and it’s been that way forever.
“And so it’s very, very much of a lesson to the rest of us around the world.”
Sa huli, nagpaabot ng mensahe si David sa mga Pilipino ngayong magpa-Pasko, at kung ano sa tingin niya ang paraan para mabilis na makabangon ang mga nasalanta.
Saad niya, “You know, the best way to do that, of course the people who are directly affected, they need shelter, they need food, they need care.
“And for the rest of us, I would say just shine…
"I know this sounds cliché, but the truth is that aside from the needs—food, shelter, and clothing—the rest is love.
“And that’s something that the people in the country do very naturally.
“And so I’d say, stay close to family, keep teaching the rest of us around the world that family is worthwhile.”
Dagdag niya, “In America, you know, we… many times, you know, the children grow up and leave the home, and they don’t see their parents very often and the great grandparents… grandparents are gone.
“And here, everyone stays as a family.
“And my experience being here all these years is that the whole country is a family.
“Yeah, I realized that recently—it’s not just little family.
“When I go to America or Europe, and I see Filipinos around the world, they’re always connected to family.
“And it’s very unique, it’s very unusual.
“And it’s a lesson I learn from here every day.”