UNTV, locally-known as The Public Service Channel, has raised P8-Million through the Songs for Heroes 2 concert for the benefit of the uniformed members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The follow-up concert after the successful Songs for Heroes 1 held in March this year marked another milestone in the history of Philippine public service and inter-private and public agency cooperation for peace and nation-building.
Present during the event held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on June 30, 2015 include Department of Justice Secretary Hon. Leila De Lima, PNP OIC Deputy Director-General Leonardo Espina, AFP Chief of Staff General Pio Catapang Jr., and Deputy Court Administrator Midas Marquez.
Other government officials who graced the special gathering dedicated for the country’s peacekeepers are Rep. Neil Tupaz, and Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon.
Bigger Donation for AFP and PNP
Chairman and CEO of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) Kuya Daniel Razon has handed P3-Million checks personally to PNP Gen. Espina and AFP Chief of Staff Catapang, respectively.
Out of the total P8-million generated, Bro. Eli Soriano of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) and UNTV President Atom Henares, meanwhile, donated the additional P2-Million for the police and military groups.
To this, the PNP Director Espina lauded the International Evangelist’s efforts, saying “despite your distance, you still remembered us.”
“Thank you for remembering us, thank you for the support and aid you are giving,” added PNP Gen. Espina.
For his part, AFP Gen Catapang, who was retiring from service, was also thankful for the event organized by UNTV, saying “What a way to retire – with a concert, and with a cause!”
To recall, the first and successful Songs for Heroes concert, also held at the SM MOA Arena, was able to raise P6-Million for the families of the brave 44 members of SAF troops who perished during the Mamapasano Anti-Terrorist operation in Maguindanao.
Bigger and Better Musical Event
The concert also served as a reunion of sort among some of the country’s top musical performers and high-ranking government officials.
Filipino pop and jazz artist Kuh Ledesma headlined the concert, together with OPM balladeer Jed Madela and Asia’s Got Talent Finalist Gerphil Flores, and more. Soloists from PNP and AFP and their chorale groups also performed during the concert, along with the UP Dance Company.
Other performers include singer/songwriter Wency Cornejo, another Asia’s Got Talent finalist Gwyneth Dorado, R&B singer Ms. Arnee Hidalgo and his son, The Voice Kids Philippines’ Sam Shoaf. They shared the stage with actress/singer Jenine Desiderio, ASOP singer, UNTV’s Klasrum show host Shanne Velasco, as well as up-and-coming singing group 5th Gen.
Independent film director Pedring Lopez directed the video sequences that was interspersed during the performances of the musical artists. Alex Cortez, UP associate producer and the incumbent creative director of the Dulaang UP, along with songwriter/producer Mon Del Rosario helmed the theatrical production segment of the concert.
MCGI is also one of the major suppporters of the first and second Songs for Heroes concerts.