Who would have known that the simple invitation from MCGI’s Bro. Eli Soriano to honor the young policemen who lost their lives in Mamasapano will lead to a series of successful fundraiser? Who would have expected that the benevolence of the Filipino people will extend to those who did not go to battle?
The first Songs for Heroes concert was phenomenal. The total number of attendees was unexpected. Even the artists who heeded the call of Bro. Eli came as a surprise. Social media was dominated that time as the official hashtag stayed for a very long time on the trends list. Last night, Songs for Heroes 2 jampacked the MOA Arena once more with the spectacular array of colorful dances and singing by some of the country’s top performers.
Among those who came to perform were 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.
AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Catapang, PNP OIC Gen. Leonardo Espina, PBC President Atom Henares and BMPI Chairman and CEO Daniel Razon surprised the audience with a special number that the audience roared in applause for. Men and women of the AFP and the PNP went onstage too to take part in the extremely emotional tribute for their comrades and friends.
The huge success of the concert is attributed to the concerted efforts of the AFP, PNP, UNTV, the participating artists and most of all, the proponents of the event, Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon. The two initiated the call for honoring our soldiers and police officers and went out of their way to collaborate in the project to inspire our uniformed men to be proud of their jobs and to always share labors of love towards our fellow citizens.
The second Songs for Heroes concert raised around seven million pesos for the AFP and the PNP. While receiving the total sum of money raised from the concert, General Espina thanked Bro. Eli for helping him leave his own legacy in the agency just before he retires. He exclaimed, “What a way to retire!”
Bro. Eli left a tearjerker experience when he personally appealed to Justice Sec. Leila de Lima to help him in his fight for the truth. Everybody inside the Arena felt the honesty and sublime humility in Bro. Eli’s voice when he said that the reason he loves Filipinos is the innate goodness within this race that he has not found in any other races. He felt so much pride for our law enforcers because he believes in the heroism that is present in each of them.
Bro. Eli’s message was followed by a concluding nationalistic song “Ako ay Pilipino” by the whole performing company, leaving the audience in awe and renewed pride for the country and its citizens.