Songs for Heroes 2: To Die for Thee – A Must-Hear, Must-See for Charity

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Manila, Philippines – Champions of charity and advocates of peace will once more be beautifully serenaded and be moved to tears by the country’s top performers and artists on the upcoming “Songs for Heroes 2: To Die for Thee” concert.

The “Songs for Heroes 2” concert is the second installment to the first and highly successful “Songs for Heroes” event.

onalyn Viray sings with the AFP and PNP chorale for the families of the fallen 44 during the first Songs for Heroes Benefit Concert at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, Pasay City, Philippines on 19 March 2015. [Maia Garciano]

Jonalyn Viray sings with the AFP and PNP chorale for the families of the fallen 44 during the first Songs for Heroes Benefit Concert at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, Pasay City, Philippines on 19 March 2015. [Maia Garciano, Photoville International – Philippines]

The first “Songs for Heroes” benefit concert held on March 19, 2015, was able to give more than 6 million pesos worth of donations to the families and loved ones of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who bravely fought during the Mamasapano operation.

Part two of the concert series promises to be bigger and better than its successful charitable predecessor.

It Started with a Tweet

The idea behind the successful “Songs for Heroes” concert came from a simple tweet from Bro. Eliseo Soriano, international evangelist and host of the popular religious program, Ang Dating Daan.

The preacher, who actively answers spiritual queries in person and on Twitter, recognized the need to build peace and extend a helping hand to the Brave 44’s families. He tweeted his invitation to his 76k and growing number of Twitter followers.

The tweet that started it all -- International evangelist Bro. Eliseo Soriano launches a charity concert on Twitter. [Screengrabbed from Twitter]

The tweet that started it all — International evangelist Bro. Eliseo Soriano launches a charity concert on Twitter. [Screengrabbed from Twitter]

Taking the cue was UNTV-BMPI CEO Kuya Daniel Razon. The hard-hitting journalist and dedicated public servant swiftly acted to make sure that the charity concert became a reality. Kuya Daniel, together with UNTV 37, the nation’s public service network, organized the first Songs for Heroes event.

Filled to the brim - The Mall of Asia Stadium was packed with supporters of the first "Songs For Heroes" Concert. [Rovic Balunsay, Photoville International - Philippines]

Filled to the brim – The Mall of Asia Stadium was packed with supporters of the first “Songs For Heroes” Concert. [Rovic Balunsay, Photoville International – Philippines]

Bro. Eli also promised to give the initial 1 million-peso donation for the charity concert. And he delivered – donating 1 million pesos for the benefit of the families, as well as giving them each 10,000.00 in cash during the first concert.

The children of the Fallen 44 also received full educational scholarships from La Verdad Christian College, the free college built by Bro. Eli, Bro. Daniel Razon and the Members Church of God International (MCGI).

It Continued with a Promise

Kuya Daniel Razon gives his thank you speech as Bro. Eliseo Soriano looks on with the aide of technology, during the first Songs for Heroes concert held at the Mall of Asia Stadium on March 19, 2015. [Rovic Balunsay, Photoville International - Philippines]

Kuya Daniel Razon gives his thank you speech as Bro. Eliseo Soriano looks on live web streaming, during the first Songs for Heroes concert held at the Mall of Asia Stadium on March 19, 2015. [Rovic Balunsay, Photoville International – Philippines]

“I promise this will not be the last. With God’s help, I will make a way, God willing. We want to show you that we are advocates of peace – let us maintain peace in our beloved country,” remarked Bro. Eli to the families of the SAF- 44, during the first Songs for Heroes concert.

And Bro. Eli kept his promise. In less than 4 months’ time, a proud list of the country’s top performers will take the stage to promote peace, bring joy and fond memories, and celebrate the bravery of the Gallant 44.

Must-See, Must-Hear

The Songs for Heroes 2: To Die for Thee will not only move us to tears via music, but through dance and acting, as well.

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) practice their dance routine for the upcoming Songs for Heroes 2 Concert. [Cyron Monton, Photoville International - Philippines]

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) practice their dance routine for the upcoming Songs for Heroes 2 Concert. [Cyron Monton, Photoville International – Philippines]

Performers such as the PNP and AFP singers will perform emotionally charged songs together with the country’s top artists, such as Kuh Ledesma, Jed Madela, Jenine Desiderio, Wency Cornejo, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Shanne Velasco, Sam Shoaf, Fifth Gen, and Asia’s Got Talent’s very own Gerphil Flores and Gwyneth Dorado.

The ADD Chorale, which is composed of 200 talented men and women singers, as well as the Teatro Kristiano of MCGI, will also sing, dance, and act during the “Songs for Heroes 2” concert.

As an added visual delight, indie film director Pedring Lopez has created playback videos – short films that will accompany each song during the concert, which aims to integrate the soldiers’ photos and memories with inspiring messages.

May 13, 2015 - Direk Floy Quintos meets with UNTV 37 executives and Songs for Heroes organizers at the UNTV Broadcast Center. [Rovic Balunsay, Photoville International - Philippines]

May 13, 2015 – Direk Floy Quintos meets with UNTV 37 executives and Songs for Heroes organizers at the UNTV Broadcast Center. [Rovic Balunsay, Photoville International – Philippines]

Award-winning writer and director Floy Quintos is at the helm of the whole project, aiming to showcase the importance uniting the AFP and PNP, and their continuous fight for the peace of our nation.

The “Songs for Heroes 2: To Die for Thee” benefit concert will be held on June 30, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia Stadium.

References:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSAM7MrDcS4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8hvOilHXyk

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