Virtual benefit concert raises over P1M for students and teachers

posted July 23, 2020 at 08:30 pm
by  Manila Standard Showbiz
PLDT Home’s live fundraising concert titled At Home with PLDT: No Learner Left Behind successfully raised over  P1 million worth of funds to help address the challenges of many students, teachers, and schools nationwide as they adapt to the new normal in education and online distance learning.

Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez, Regine Velasquez, and Ogie Alcasid joined forces in PLDT’s virtual fundraising concert held last week.
Led by the National Artist for Music Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, the online concert gathered some of the country’s most talented and respected OPM legends Regine Velasquez alongside husband singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid, Martin Nievera, and Pops Fernandez. They were joined by musical theater artists 8 Taal Ensemble, Sheila Valderama, Yanah Laurel, Lara Maigue, Gabriela Pangilinan, Gian MagdangalArman Ferrer, Flord Tena, and David Ezra who sang songs full of hope and inspiration for the future.

As many families face difficult situations due to the pandemic, the benefit concert has become a venue for Filipinos to show support for each other as they rediscover what really matters to them – their loved ones at home. With PLDT Home’s long-time commitment to make education and online learning accessible to more Filipinos, the country’s fastest home broadband continues to deliver the strongest and most reliable connections so that families can enjoy meaningful relationships and create an effective learning environment for children at home.”

During the free online concert, viewers enjoyed iconic songs and OPM hits such as Sa Piling Mo and Hanggang Ngayon sang by Ogie and Regine, and Pagdating ng Panahon by Martin and Pops. They also enjoyed covers of We are Family, You’ve Got A Friend, and Home-—all of which are songs that evoke encouragement and hope to help everyone in these tough times. The concert will be uploaded for replay streaming on the PLDT Home’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel. 

The movement ‘No Learner Left Behind’ is a joint initiative by PLDT Home and PLDT-Smart Foundation which aims to make education accessible for all as the country promotes distance learning in the new normal.  All funds raised from the concert will be donated for the benefit of students and teachers in far-flung communities,  enabling them through broadband connectivity and maximize the use of technology as they continue their school activities from home. 

Interested donors can continue to show support to the cause and donate through the PLDT-Smart Foundation, Inc.’s Paymaya and bank accounts, or Text DONATE<Space><Amount> and send to 3456.

Topics: PLDT Home , Ryan Cayabyab , Regine Velasquez , Ogie Alcasid , Martin Nievera , Pops Fernandez , 8 Taal Ensemble
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