Tippy Dos Santos Gives Back To Yolanda Survivors Through Benefit ConcertBangon Pinoy, a benefit concert under the World Vision foundation, was successfully held and attended by at least 40 Filipino artists. The event was made possible by celebrity advocates Tippy dos Santos and her mother, Happy dos Santos.
It was held on December 1 at the convention center of St. Paul's College in Pasig City. The big-named artists who graced the event were Tippy's friends in the industry such as Christian Bautista, Quest, Karylle, Sam Concepcion, Jovit Baldivino, Marcelito Pomoy, Bugoy Drilon, Liezel Garcia, Mikey Bustos, Julie Anne San Jose, Ryan Bang, Markki Stroem, Young JV, Krissy and Ericka Villongco, Nanette Inventor, Robert Sena and Rhap Salazar.
The concert was for the benefit of those affected by Typhoon Yolanda in eastern Visayas. Tippy is an active member of World Vision, and has taken time to join several relief operations in the past. Last November 23, she even went to Tacloban City to distribute relief goods there.
Upon coming home and realizing the extent of the destruction there, Tippy immediately started organizing a benefit show for the victims. She said 90 percent of her friends from showbiz immediately said yes since they all wanted to help in any way they can. Also, they did all of these for free, the celebrity added.
Christian, for his part, said he performed in the show because it was his way of rallying the people to help those affected by the typhoon. "Tonight is about empowering the people to stand up and do something."
The show was able to raise P1 million for the survivors, and Christian said this would go a long way if put to good use. Christian and Quest both wanted to go to Tacloban as well and help their fellow Filipinos who are suffering.
Christian is also a member of World Vision.
Since he cannot yet go to Tacloban and help personally, Christian said it is through his music first that he will help raise funds and awareness. As for Quest, he said it would be better if the show was held in Tacloban so they can give hope to the people.
More than money and food, the people there might be lacking of hope already, the singer said. In that regards, he added that music will bring healing to people.
On the other hand, Ryan and Julie Anne both called on the public to donate whatever they can. They said it's not about how much or how little one gives, but about their willingness to help those in need.
Even a P5 coin can go a long way if combined with others who donated as well, Julie Anne said.
Josaias dela Cruz, the national director of World Vision, expressed his sincere gratitude to those who helped make the show a success. He specifically mentioned Mommy Happy and Tippy.
"You know what happens when people stand together? There is strength and there is unity. And when God’s people stand out and reach out, you bring hope, you bring life."