The successful charity concert, “Songs For Heroes 2: Ang Mamatay Nang Dahil Sa Iyo (To Die For You),” raised a total of Php 8 million for the gallant defenders of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The event, staged at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 30, is a sequel of the equally successful Songs For Heroes 1, which was held earlier in March for the families of the heroic PNP SAF 44 troopers.
Php 3 million of the proceeds was given to the PNP Special Assistance fund while the other Php 3 million went to the AFP Finance Center. PNP’s Officer-in-Charge Gen. Leonardo Espina and AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Catapang received the donations.
The generals expressed their gratitude to the people behind the concert – the Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI), led by its Chairman and CEO Dr. Daniel Razon, and the International Evangelist Bro. Eli Soriano, who is a constant supporter of the group’s advocacies. BMPI is the content provider of the public service channel, UNTV.
“Even if we are all out there, we want to inform our soldiers that there is a group, there is the UNTV that really appreciates what we are doing,” Gen. Catapang stated.
For Gen. Espina, the assistance they received will serve as an inspiration for them to continue with their duties. “The support that we received gives us greater desire to help our countrymen,” he remarked.
The two are also grateful for the organizers for letting them take the concert stage, together with Progressive Broadcasting Corporation President Atom Henares, for a rare performance of “That’s What Friends Are For.”
Meanwhile, the Php 2 million of the total raised funds came from Bro. Eli Soriano and Mr. Atom Henares as an added aid for the country’s uniformed men and their families.
Songs For Heroes 2 featured special video presentations following the story of a police officer and a soldier who dreamt of serving the country since their childhood.
The concert also gathered some of OPM’s biggest and fast-rising names as well as participants from the PNP and AFP who rendered memorable song and dance performances.
The performers include Kuh Ledesma, Jed Madela, Gerphil Flores, Wency Cornejo, Jenine Desiderio, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Arnee Hidalgo, Sam Shoaf, Gwyneth Dorado, Shanne Velasco, 5th Gen, the University of the Philippines Dance Company, and the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group.
Other notable personalities who attended the event are Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, Supreme Court Justice Administrator Atty. Midas Marquez, Iloilo Representative Neil Tupas, Jr., Muntinlupa Representative Rodolfo Biazon, Magdalo Partylist Representative Gary Alejano, and UNTV’s Chairman Emeritus, Mr. Larry Henares.
According to Razon, the Songs for Heroes event is a way of remembering the gallantry of Philippines’ uniformed men. “We want to inspire them to carry on with their duties despite the hardships, and let them know that we appreciate what they do,” he remarked.
Razon also hinted during his speech that a third Songs for Heroes is underway. “Our support to the country’s defenders does not end here,” he shared before the immense crowd.