Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is set to join some of the country’s top musicians and singers in a free online concert late this month.
Organized by the Filipino American Voice United (FAVU), Pacquiao is among the performers at the “Isang Tinig, Isang Lahi” online show on June 26 and June 27.
The show not only aims to showcase the talent of Filipino musicians but more importantly to lend a hand to their beneficiaries namely the Philippine General Hospital Medical Foundation Inc., Caritas Philippines, Philippine Relief and Development Services, Tuloy Foundation, Inc., and ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc..
Pacquiao said the concert will give the much-needed encouragement and inspiration to fellow Filipinos, especially for those who are also longing for witnessing live music as well.
“Ito ay napakalaking karalangan to be part of this event at marami ding matutulungan ang event na ito doon sa mga pamilya na affected by this pandemic,” said the 42-year-old Pacquiao, who will return to the boxing ring on Aug. 21 against Errol Spence Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As for his performance, Pacquiao revealed he’ll be singing at least one or two songs, perhaps his hits “Lalaban Ako” and “Para Sa’yo.”
Completing the concert’s lineup are Ogie Alcasid, Martin Nievera, Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Gary Valenciano, apl.de.ap, Moira Dela Torre, Bamboo, Ian Veneracion, Jose Mari Chan, Pilita Corrales, Maymay Entrata, and American singer-composer David Pomeranz.
“This concert was conceived from a vision. Being kept awake at night by relatives in the Philippines who ask for every help they can get, help from one person is not enough in this pandemic,” an excerpt of the show’s About section on its website read. “God planted this vision for us, Filipinos to organize, and a live aid concert, like Live Aid Africa in the 80s, is the best way to garner attention and donations to help our suffering kababayans.”