PASAY City, Philippines – During the night of the successful charity concert “Songs For Heroes” held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on March 19, 2015, the members of the families of the 44 gallant Special Action Force (SAF) had expressed their gratitude for the help and support they received from Bro. Eli Soriano, Ang Dating Daan, and to the people who participated the noble event.
“Kay Bro. Eli, officers from the AFP, from the PNP, lahat ng nandito ngayon, sa lahat ng miyembro ng Dating Daan, in behalf of the members of the family of Brave 44,ako po ay nagpapasalamat sa inyong suporta,” Erica Pabalinas, the widow of SAF member Sr. Insp. Ryan Pabalinas, expressed her gratitude.
“Sa nakita ko pong suporta sa inyo ngayon, napawi ang kalungkutan ko. Nakita ko na marami pala kaming kasama na lalaban para sa hustisya. I hope and pray that you will continue to support us in quest for true justice for the Brave 44. Maraming, maraming, maraming, maraming salamat po.” Pabalinas expressed her heartfelt messages with tears in front of thousands of people who filled the MOA Arena.
More than P7-Million Raised Through Songs for Heroes
The families of the brave 44 PNP SAF heroes each received an envelope containing P10, 000 cash donations from Bro. Eli Soriano on the night of the charity event. Along with it, a total of P6-Million from the proceeds were given to the Philippine National Police Special Assistance Fund for them to distribute it to the bereaved families of the 44 SAF heroes.
Mr. Atom Henares of the Progressive Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) also pledged an additional amount of P500, 000 for the families of the SAF 44.
Unexpectedly, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) also received a P1-Million financial assistant on the same event, donated by Bro. Eli Soriano, for the benefit of the soldiers who were injured in the all-out offensive operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
To make the most of the opportunity to help, Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel Razon also offered scholarship grants for the children of the 44 SAF members in La Verdad Christian College (LVCC) located in Caloocan and Apalit, Pampanga. LVCC is a school that offers free tuition fee, free uniform, free books, free dormitory, and free meals for poor yet deserving students. It is an institution built by Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon.
The P1-Million from the total cash raised of the Songs for Heroes were donated by the Members Church of God International (MCGI) also known by the public as Ang Dating Daan (ADD).
The People Behind The Successful “Songs for Heroes”
It is Bro. Eli Soriano, the Servant to all Members Church of God International and the host of the popular religious program Ang Dating Daan, who brainchild the successful Songs for Heroes. It can be recalled that Soriano, in his support to the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III (PNoy), had launch a #NoynoyPaRin campaign on Twitter after news of other religious groups’ calls for PNoy’s resignation because of the Mamasapano incident. Read related post: Bro. Eli Soriano backs PNOY, calling him as an honest person, netizens gives all-out support
Soriano reiterated during their campaign that instead of blaming the President, it is much better to support him help the bereaved family members of the 44 gallant SAF members. “Instead of blaming PNoy of an incident beyond his mental & physical control, let’s help him help our fallen heroes,” Soriano expressed in his Twitter post.
The #NoynoyPaRin campaign led to a charity project through Bro. Eli and the MCGI. “ADD members are launching a campaign to help the relatives of our fallen heroes with an initial cont. of 1 million peso,” Soriano announced on his Twitter account (Feb. 19, 2015). Read related post: As Part of Their #Noynoyparin Campaign, Bro. Eli Soriano to Launch a Charity Concert for Fallen 44’s Families
The Songs for Heroes benefit concert came to reality through the help and by the production of the only public service station in the Philippines, the UNTV, and with the support of the Members Church of God International.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa Panginoon, una sa lahat naisip ko ito na sana magkaroon ng katuparan at nagkaroon na nga ngayon. At nagpapasalamat ako sa Dios… sumuporta ang ating mga kapatid sa Church of God International para maging reality ang concert na ito,” Bro. Eli said.
Well-known singers and personalities in the music industry had graced the glorious charity event, which includes Noel Cabangon, Jonalyn Viray, Faith Cuneta, Jay Durias, Bo Cerrudo, Gerald Santos, Neocolour with Ito Rapadas, 5th Gen, the Bueno Sisters, The Voysing, and Bembe and Trifosa Erese.
The uniformed men from PNP and AFP were also present during the night of the charity event. Their chorale, combo, and singers also took part to perform, sharing their piece of songs and music as they serenaded the SAF 44 families.
Thank You Kuya Daniel Razon and UNTV
The AFP General Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr. and the PNP OIC Police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina gave their messages during the night of the event. They thanked Bro. Eli Soriano, Kuya Daniel Razon, MCGI, and the UNTV Your Public Service Channel for coming up with Songs for Heroes with the intent of helping and supporting not only the families of the 44 SAF heroes but also the soldiers of the AFP.
“Magandang gabi po sa inyong lahat, of course to Bro. Eli Soriano, Members Church of God International, Kuya Daniel Razon the chairman of Breakthrough (Milestones Philippines Incorporated), MR. Larry Henares the chairman emeritus, Mr. Atom Henares. On behalf of the officers, men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, we are deeply honored and grateful to be here with you tonight. AFP General Gregorio PioCatapang, Jr. stated.
On behalf of the Armed forces of the Philippines, we congratulate and thank the UNTV for this wonderful and noble endeavor. It is therefore a very commendable and admirable intension for UNTV to come up with such a noble event and for inviting us to participate in tonight’s benefit concert.Thank you UNTV for your thoughtfulness and generosity,” he added
Although OIC Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina was not present, he was able to send his gratitude through a letter read by PCRG Director PCSUPT Nestor Feria Quinsay Jr.
OIC Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina expressed his message through the letter.
“First let me thank you for the outpouring support that we have been receiving since the MAMASAPANO on the part of the PNP…
Bilang Kinatawan naman ng PNP, lubos po ang aming pasasalamat sa lahat ng nakiramay at patuloy na tumutulong sa pamilya ng ating mga magigiting na pulis…
Again, (I would like to express) my sincere appreciation and gratitude for paying tribute for our brave SAF 44, especially to all the organizers of this event. On the other hand, I assure you that the PNP, without any doubt, will give its best to better serve and protect the community and all kinds,” he said.
PCRG Director PCSUPT Nestor Feria Quinsay Jr. also conveyed his message. “Nais ko po sanang pasalamatan, of course, ang UNTV at si Bro. Eli Soriano of Members Church of God International, of course, ang ating Kuya Daniel Razon. Alam nyo po napagtipon-tipon niya po dito sa gabing ito yung pinakamagagaling na talent ng ating mga talentong Pilipino at ang aming AFP at PNP,” he stated.
The Promise of a Repeat Concert
Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel Razon promised that they will organize another charity concert soon. It will be for the benefit of the AFP soldiers who were injured and for the families of those who died in the all-out offensive operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
Before the end of the Songs for Heroes, Kuya Daniel Razon said, “Mapalad tayo at nandito pa tayo. We’re able to witness this event. Siguro po hindi malaking bagay na magpatuloy tayo na sumuporta at tumulong para po sa lahat ng mga nangangailangan.
At kagaya ng ating adhikain, laging sinasabi sa atin ni Bro. Eli na walang mabuting gawa na magbubunga ng masama. I will invite you already ah as early as this… nangako na po sa akin si General Catapang, nangako na sa akin si General Quinsay ah we will have a repeat of this (charity concert), God willing.
So, we will be looking for that, God willing, na magkaroon tayo ng isang concert ng mga singing soldiers at mga singing police para po sa kapakanan pa rin ng atin pong mga kababayan.” he added
Songs for Heroes charity concert is one of the ways of the MCGI and UNTV in helping their fellow men and supporting the government to help its constituents. To name a few of Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel’s public services, they have the Clinic ni Kuya that offers free medical and dental consultation and free medicine every day; the La Verdad Christian School and College located in Caloocan, in Apalit, Pampanga, and as far as in Africa, which offers free tuition fees and other free services each students need to study; and many more.
The successful feat of the Songs for Heroes is the evidence of the saying “We walk our talk.” Indeed, Bro. Eli Soriano is an epitome of this. Evidently, “he walks the tweet,” too.