Pinoy artists perform anew for typhoon survivors

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MANILA, Jan. 14, 2014—Five Filipino musicians will stage anew a solidarity concert for typhoon survivors in Guiuan town, in Eastern Samar.

Artists Gary Granada, Bayang Barrios, Lolita Carbon, Cookie Chua and Chickoy Pura on January 14 will uplift the spirits of typhoon survivors with their inspiring songs as they stage a concert in typhoon-ravaged Guiuan, in Eastern Samar.

“The concert series seeks to put forward the social recovery of the communities which were hard-hit by Supertyphoon Yolanda,” said Yoly Esguerra, national coordinator of the civil society network Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI), one of the organizers of the concert.

Comedian Tado Jimenez will host the concert, which is the second in a series of performances to be held in typhoon-devastated communities, at Guiuan town plaza from 2:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon.

“It is offered free to the residents of affected areas and to all the humanitarian workers and volunteers who exerted extra effort to bring assistance to the ravaged communities,” Esguerra added.

Granada and Barrios will open the concert program, with Barrios singing “Biyaya” and “Kapayapaan sa Mundo”; while Granada will captivate the crowd with his songs “Kahit Konti”, “Si Ka Bayani”, and “Sayang”.

Chua, the former lead singer of the band “Color it Red”, will serenade the crowd with the songs “What a Wonderful World”, “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa”, and “Paglisan”.

As a member of folk group “Asin”, Carbon will sing their signature hits “Masdan Mo ang mga Bata,” “Usok” and “Gising na Kaibigan Ko”.

Pura, vocalist of the rock band “The Jerks”, will perform “Imagine” and “Tambol”.

The five artists, who are all members of music guild Forty Eight Voices (FEV), will sing as their finale number, “Sana”, “Himig ng Pag-ibig”, “Kapaligiran”, “Kanlungan”, and “Sandugo”.

Sandugo, which was composed by Granada and sang by Barrios, Chua, Carbon and Pura, is the official anthem of PMPI in their current relief and rehabilitation undertakings.

The concert was launched last January 4 in severely devastated Tacloban City. The third and last performance of the concert series will be on January 29 in Roxas City, Capiz, which was also hit by the typhoon.

The concert series was organized by PMPI, Peace and Conflict Journalism Network (PECOJON), Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA), FEV and the local media partner, One Media One Tacloban. (CBCPNews)

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