Cesar Montano to hold fundraising event to help victims of quake-A A +A
Friday, October 18, 2013
ACTOR Cesar Montano is keen to extend any form of help to his kababayans in Bohol after the whole province was shook by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake last Tuesday.
In a phone interview with the actor, Cesar told Sun.Star that he organized a fundraising concert this October 25, Friday at Teatrino in Greenhills to help the victims of the quake.
The event will feature other celebrities like Noel Cabangon, South Border’s former vocalist Luke Mijares, comedians Bayani Agbayani, Jeffrey Tam, Long Mejia and Giselle Sanchez.
According to Cesar, he appreciates all the help and support extended by his fellow artists during this testing time
"Nakakatuwa at nakaka-uplift ng confidence kasi masakit sa kalooban ang nangyaring ito sa Bohol. Matagal bago maka-recover ang Bohol. Alam naman natin na turismo ang bumubuhay at mga tourist spots ang mga nasira,” he said.
Until now the actor is saddened and devastated with the livelihood, infrastructure and lives lost during the quake. He said it will take some time before the whole province can recover from this calamity.
He added that relief efforts can only do so much but the scar of the quake will leave a lasting effect not only in the economy and tourism of the province, but also in the hearts of the Boholanos.
Cesar said, "Ang hirap kasi hindi mo siya makukuha sa isang tulungan lang kasi bukas wala na silang kakainin. Tapos wala pang kuryente so they stay in tents, schools. They need food, water, candles and matches."
Cesar hails from Baclayon, home of the historical Baclayon Church which was built in 1724. The actor said the church was heavily damaged after the quake.
"Wala na ngang pupuntahan for sightseeing or pupuntahan 'yung mga old churches natin, matatakot din silang pumunta dahil baka lumindol ulit. Everyday na walang pumapasok na turista ay lost in millions sa Bohol," the actor said.
The actor appeals to all the government officials to prioritize public service in the Bohol and neighboring provinces in Visayas and Mindanao.
"To the leaders of Bohol, sana magkaroon po tayo ng mas malaking puso at sinsiridad sa kapwa natin Boholano para pag may nangyari ulit na ganito ay meron tayong maitutulong."
"Nakita ko ang kahirapan ng Bohol. Pero mas masakit na trahedya na araw-araw na nangyayari ay ang korupsyon sa Bohol. Yan ang dapat matigil dahil yan ang araw-araw na lindol na tinatamasa ng mga Boholano."
In the end, Cesar urges everyone continue praying and never loss hope.
He said, "Sana huwag makakalimot mag asal because God is more than enough to have. At least buhay pa tayo at andiyan pa tayo and what's important is that we could still worship him. Mahal niya tayo at hindi niya tayo pababayaan. Ako nananalig na hindi niya tayo pababayaan."
As of this posting, Cesar is scheduled to visit his hometown on Saturday to distribute relief goods to his kababayans. (Sunnex)