ABS-CBN airs 1st digital concertworldwide for Pantawid ng Pag-ibig
Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid offer heartfelt songs to Filipinos affected by the enforced quarantine
ABS-CBN airs 1st digital concertworldwide for Pantawid ng Pag-ibig
KAPAMILYA DAY - Kane Errol Choa (The Philippine Star) - March 27, 2020 - 12:00am

The emotional plea of a taxi driver interviewed in TV Patrol because he lost his daily source of income following the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine went viral on social media.

Reynaldo Alcala was one of some 600 taxi and bus drivers apprehended by police authorities for plying EDSA on the first day of the community quarantine last week.

“Magugutom talaga kami kapag hindi kami bumiyahe. Dahil wala kaming pera, wala kaming pambili ng bigas,” he said, breaking into tears midway. “Mahirap ‘pag mahirap. Walang pagkukunan. Ang kailangan ay pagkain.”

Like Reynaldo, a 68-year-old vendor named Carlota walked from Caloocan to Divisoria for two hours because there was no public transportation on the same day. She buys and sells vegetables for a living.

“Dapat hindi pinasara yung mga sasakyan. Mahirap. Naghahanap-buhay. Walang kakainin, lalo ang mga katulad namin. Wala kaming pinagkakakitaan, kamatis, sibuyas, pakonti-konti, para mabuhay lamang,” she said tearfully in an interview with ABS-CBN news reporter Nikko Baua.

The interview clip, posted on ABS-CBN News’ Twitter account, has been viewed by more than 520,000 times, liked by some 20,000 times, and retweeted more than 6,000 times.

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These are the plights of Filipinos who have lost their sources of income. They do not know how they can provide for their families until the quarantine ends in mid-April. They have to struggle to survive.

The need to provide food and necessities to Filipinos, like Reynaldo and Carlota, who are unable to work or make a living because they are in quarantine, is the goal of ABS-CBN’s Pantawid ng Pag-ibig project.

Like all other people staying at their homes, more than 100 Kapamilya stars gathered together from their homes for the first-ever virtual concert Pantawid ng Pag-ibig: At-Home Together Concert by ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc.

The “at-home together” concert, which aimed to raise awareness and donations for the project, was aired on ABS-CBN, S+A, MOR 101.9, DZMM Radyo Patrol 630, DZMM TeleRadyo, ANC, iWant and The Filipino Channel (TFC).

Filipinos here and abroad were able to watch the digital concert with the artists performing or giving out inspiring messages from their homes via Zoom.

It featured heartfelt performances by some of the country’s finest singers Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Darren Espanto, Erik Santos, Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera, among others.

Newlyweds Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Guidicelli made their first TV appearance and did a duet of the inspirational song You Are The Reason.

Sarah’s fellow The Voice Philippines coaches Lea Salonga, Bamboo and apl.de.ap also supported the cause as they sang songs of hope dedicated to Filipinos.

Moira dela Torre offered a prayer and performed an original song written for those who are affected by the Luzon-wide quarantine.

The hosts of It’s Showtime – Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Karylle, Amy Perez, Ryan Bang, Jhong Hilario and Vhong Navarro – gave an energetic performance.

Vice debuted his new quirky song Corona Bye Na, with lyrics talking about how to get rid of the coronavirus, while Anne appeared on TV for the first time after giving birth as she shared an encouraging message with the madlang people.

Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil brought kilig to viewers’ homes, singing the theme song of their teleserye Make It With You.

Aside from the musical performances, the virtual concert also had live interviews with ABS-CBN’s brightest stars from their homes.

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla both reminded everyone to stay at home amid the ongoing health crisis, while Bea Alonzo commended the health frontliners for their unwavering service.

Judy Ann Santos sent a message of hope to Filipinos, saying that we are a resilient nation and highlighted the value of bayanihan in times of crisis. The concert ended with the Kapamilya stars singing Heal the World.

ABS-CBN’s Pantawid ng Pag-ibig campaign is in partnership with the local government units of Metro Manila, to which the relief packages will be turned over. The local governments will then lead the preparation and distribution of relief packages for families in need.

To kick off the campaign last March 19, the Lopez Group of Companies donated P100M to Pantawid ng Pag-ibig.

Those who would like to help may make a cash donation through ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya bank accounts BPI peso account 3051-11-55-88, Metrobank peso account 636-3-636-08808-1, BDO peso account 0039301-14199 and BDO dollar account 1039300-81622.

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