September 16, 2009 16:17:00
MANILA, Philippines – A group of artists and politicians is set to launch a concert to help fund the campaign of Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who recently announced his plans to run for president in 2010.
The group, led by the group the Apo Hiking Society, is set to hold a concert on September 21, also the anniversary of the signing of Presidential Decree 1081 that placed the country under martial law in 1972 under then president Ferdinand Marcos.
Dubbed “Etonapotalaga!” the concert seeks to revive the “creativity and recklessness” that characterized Philippine society prior to the People Power Revolution, which brought the late president Corazon Aquino – Noynoy’s mother – to power, said Jim Paredes, one of the members of the Apo Hiking Society.
“’Etonapotalaga!’ will connect the forces during Aquino’s time,” he added during a press conference in Makati City.
The concert will feature performances from the Apo Hiking Society, The Dawn, Aiza Seguerra, Bayang Barrios, Drae Ybañez, Juana Change, Leah Navarro, and Noel Cabangon, among others.
The concert will be held at the University of the Philippines Theater in Quezon City at 7 p.m. and will be free of charge. However, patrons are requested to pay “ambag-ambag” (contributions) or whatever amount they can.
According to the group PiNOY Power (Pilipinas Para Kay Noynoy), proceeds of the event will help fund the campaign of Aquino.
At the same time, the group will be recruiting volunteers for Aquino’s campaign during the concert.
Meanwhile, Senator Francis Pangilinan said the concert will symbolize “the conviction of Filipinos for genuine change.”
Paredes said that the concert will be on a first-come-first-served basis, and the theatre can accommodate up to 2,100 guests. LCD screens will be set up outside the venue for those who won’t be able to enter the theater.
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