Food and water may nourish the body, but music can lift one’s spirits. Because we at Super believe in the power of music to heal, and help others heal, we would like to extend our gratitude to the countless bands and performers, both local and foreign, who have contributed (and are still contributing) their time and talent to help the Philippines get back on its feet.
For holding benefit concerts and donating the proceeds to Supertyphoon “Yolanda” victims, for putting up charity songs for sale online, and for inspiring others to help out in any way they can, we salute you all. Rock on.
San Miguel Beer’s “Sagip Mo Bayan,” held Nov. 14-15 in Plazuela de Iloilo, Iloilo City, with Brownman Revival, Callalily, Rivermaya, Banda ni Kleggy and Panayanon Tribe (Dinagyang Festival 2013 champion).
Proceeds from ticket sales and P5 for every beer sold were donated to SMB’s Keep Hope Afloat program for the benefit of typhoon victims.
ABS-CBN’s “Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na,” Nov. 16, Smart Araneta Coliseum, with Gary Valenciano, Lea Salonga, Judy Ann Santos, Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Toni Gonzaga, Angelica Panganiban, Maja Salvador, Sam Milby, Shaina Magdayao, Enchong Dee, Xian Lim, Charice, University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors, Mandaluyong Children’s Choir, El Gamma Penumbra, Moonstar 88, 6 Cyclemind, Banda ni Kleggy, Jamie Rivera and Fatima Soriano.
Proceeds from ticket sales go to the calamity fund of ABS-CBN’s Sagip Kapamilya.
How you can help: “TulongPH” T-shirts are being sold for P250 each online via the ABS-CBN Store and Lazada.com.ph, and at authorized outlets in various shopping malls.
MCA Music’s “Music Comes Alive for Visayas,” Nov. 26, Eastwood Central Plaza, Eastwood City, Libis, with “The Voice of the Philippines” finalists (Mitoy Yonting, Klarisse de Guzman, Janice Javier, Myk Perez, Paolo Onesa and Morissette Amon), Sabrina, Nyoy Volante, Pupil, Sitti, Solenn Heussaff, Franco, Loonie, Bassilyo, Crazy As Pinoy, Ron Henley, Tanya Markova, 1:43, Krissy Villongco, Sir Rex Kantatero, Aikee, Iktus, A Music Theory, JC Regino, Dello, Johnny Alegre, The Morning Episodes, Kate Torralba, Domino, Tricia Garcia and Slapshock.
Concertgoers bought any MCA Music album, or donated in cash or in kind; proceeds go to the Philippine Red Cross.
“#BangonSugBogo: Everyone’s A Hero,” the fourth installment in a series of concerts organized by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and numerous civic and business organizations. The two-part “#BangonSugBohol” concert was held Oct. 20 and 26 for the benefit of the earthquake victims in Bohol and Cebu, while the Nov. 15 concert titled “#BangonCebu: We Will Rise Again, Part III” was for the families in Yolanda-ravaged areas.
Who: Various Cebuano artists, including the Cebu Creative Thespians Group, Cebu City Dancesport team, 10G Troupers, Junior Troubadours, Tony Ray and John Oliveros, Full Bar Band, Chocolate the “snakeman” and others
How it helped: Unlike the previous installments, the #BangonSugBogo concert was meant to provide entertainment to the typhoon survivors, as well as recognize the efforts of the volunteers, relief workers, businessmen and supporters of relief aid. Free meals and water were also given to the spectators by several sponsors.
“The Voice of Hope: Thor live at the Music Museum,” Dec. 3, Music Museum. “The Voice of the Philippines” alumnus Thor staged his first solo concert, which doubled as a benefit gig for typhoon victims. Cornerstone Talent artists Isa Fabregas, Emmanuelle Vera, Liezel Garcia and K-la Rivera were featured guests.
“University of Santo Tomas Christmas Concert Gala,” Dec. 5, UST Chapel, Manila, with Dulce and son David Cruz, UST Singers, UST Symphony Orchestra, Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir, Liturgikon Vocal Ensemble and Coro Tomasino.
Proceeds from the annual event, usually held for the benefit of the heritage conservation program of the UST Museum and the scholarship program of the UST Conservatory of Music, will go to the typhoon victims in the Eastern Visayas.
“Believe: Christmas @ Home with Bamboo,” Dec. 6, Music Museum. Proceeds from Bamboo’s first Christmas concert will help support typhoon victims. “Let the spirit inspire us to help others and to believe that there is hope for our country,” he said.
David Pomeranz benefit concerts, Nov. 29, Bar 360, Resorts World Manila; free concert, Dec. 6, Open Auditorium, Rizal Park, Manila. The pop singer-songwriter was originally scheduled to perform in Tacloban, Leyte, last Nov. 23. Instead, he decided to hold benefit concerts to help raise funds for the typhoon victims.
How you can help
Here are some ways to help your favorite artists raise funds for Supertyphoon “Yolanda” survivors (and get a reward or two in exchange for your efforts). More to come in the next few weeks.
Various Artists, “Songs for the Philippines” (iTunes), featuring The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Michael Bublé, U2, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Eminem, Cher, Adele, Katy Perry, One Direction, fun., Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Alicia Keys, Imagine Dragons, Madonna, P!nk, Kylie Minogue, Enrique Iglesias, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, Kings of Leon, Muse, Lorde, Josh Groban, Kelly Clarkson, Paolo Nutini, Ellie Goulding, James Blunt, Pitbull, Earth, Wind & Fire, apl.de.ap, Sara Bareilles, Jessica Sanchez, Lily Allen and The Fray. Download the 39-track compilation album on iTunes for $9.99. Proceeds will go to relief efforts of the Philippine Red Cross.
Incubus and RYOT’s fundraiser: The American rock band, through its Make Yourself Foundation (MYF), partners with RYOT.org to raise money for Yolanda survivors. According to the RYOT website, MYF will match every dollar donated to the RYOT Foundation for the Philippine relief up to $25,000 in order to reach a target amount of $50,000. Incubus has contributed band memorabilia as reward items in exchange for donations, including posters, limited-edition shirts, and gold and platinum record plaques from Brandon Boyd’s personal collection. The band also has a special message. (www.ryot.org/ryot-incubus-team-help-philippines.)
David Guetta joins the UN’s “The World Needs More…” Campaign: Businesses have sponsored words that the world could have more of, such as “peace” or “compassion.” Each time those words are shared on social media, the sponsors donate $1 to UN relief efforts. Guetta is sponsoring the word “love,” and he will match $1 each time the word is shared. The world-renowned DJ has also produced a music video for his new track “One Voice” with Mikky Ekko, which was recently launched on the wall of the UN Secretariat Building in New York.
How to help: To unlock the dollar donation from Guetta, share the double hashtag “#theworldneedsmore #love” either on Twitter or the campaign website (www.worldhumanitarianday.org).
Justin Bieber sets up Supertyphoon “Haiyan” charity campaign: The pop superstar has just teamed up with fan awareness platform Prizeo.com in an effort to mobilize his massive fan base “to raise vital funds for the relief effort.” Proceeds will go to the relief efforts of Action Against Hunger, Unicef and Philam Foundation.
How to help: Visit the Prizeo website and choose from the different donation levels and corresponding prizes available. Options range from a $10 “Supporter” pledge for a video message from Bieber, to a $7,500 “Ultimate Belieber” donation with a reward of two VIP tickets and a meet-and-greet. All donations are automatically entered for a chance to win an exclusive studio hangout session with the pop star himself.
Steve Aoki’s Birthday for Relief campaign: Music for Relief (MFR), a non-profit charity organization founded by Linkin Park, is dedicated to providing global disaster relief aid. In celebration of his 36th birthday, EDM meister Aoki has pledged to match up to $36,000 in donations made by his fans to MFR. That’s $1,000 for each year of his life. This translates to a target goal of $72,000—all of which will go to the relief efforts of the International Medical Corps. Whoever donates or raises the most money will win a trip to Aoki’s New Year’s Eve gig in Cancun, Mexico. We also give him props for tweeting that part of the proceeds from his recent gig at the Sonic Carnival concert the SM Mall of Asia grounds will go to relief aid.
How to help: Go to Steve Aoki’s donation/fundraiser page (www.crowdrise.com/steveaoki) and click the “Donate” button. Additionally, Linkin Park and a number of other artists have also pledged to give tokens in exchange for donations.
Visit www.musicforrelief.org and www.internationalmedicalcorps.org for other ways to help.