Lea Salonga, Charice and Apl De Ap will lead a star-studded concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on June 15 to raise funds for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
The Washington-based Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC) said the concert is an initiative of the Philippine Embassy headed by Ambassador Jose Cuisia.
Grace Valera, MHC co-director, said other Filipino groups such as Philippine Humanitarian Coalition and the US Philippines Society are coordinating to ensure the success of the concert.
Lou Diamond Phillips will also perform during the one-night concert.
“Every ticket counts as the funds raised will go to typhoon relief programs in the Philippines. This is our opportunity, as a united community in the Capital Region [Washington], to show our continued support,” Valera said.
“Please take a moment to remember that so many Filipinos lost their lives and millions were displaced. We all know there is a lot of work to do. But, in order to continue the progress that has already been made, we need to find it in our hearts to continue to give what we can. It is a sacrifice on our part, but it is worth it to help improve the livelihood of our brothers and sisters in need. Their current struggle is something that many of us can’t even imagine,” she added.
Typhoon Yolanda was the world’s strongest to hit landfall in over 100 years. It devastated the islands of Samar and Leyte, particularly Tacloban City and killed over 7,000 people.
Thousands of victims are still without homes seven months after the typhoon.