MINDANAO artists joined forces for a fundraising concert set on Friday, December 20, at 6 p.m. at the SM City Davao – Annex Activity Center.
Dubbed as #StrongerMindanao, the fundraising concert is organized for the benefit of the victims of the recent 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Davao del Sur last December 15, 2019.
Chito Samontina, A Davao-based vlogger and content creator, initiated the concert as he believes social media can be used as a powerful tool to help the quake victims.
“In my own little way, ginagamit jud nako Ace ang ako social media to help. That’s my only way. I thought, daghan man kog friends na influencers and Mindanaon artists, why not i gather nako sila for an event nga makatabang sa mga nalinogan. What started as a private Facebook post, calling for my friends to participate, has now become a reality (I use social media, in my own little way, to help. That’s my only way. I thought, I have many influencers and Mindanaon artists friends, why not gather them for an event that can help the victims. What started as a private Facebook post, calling for my friends to participate, has now become a reality),” he said.
Joining Samontina are Popong Landero, Maan Chua, Neil Llanes, Weigibbor Labos, Nairud, Angelo Pineda, and Isla Houdini. The event will be hosted by Joey Sy-Domingo.
The concert is free of admission but goers are encouraged to share in-kind donations such as trapal, mosquito nets, canned goods, and water bottles. Cash donations are also accepted.
Meanwhile, The Davao Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council headed by the Office of Civil Defense reported that as of 6 a.m. of December 18, a total of 2,878 families or 14,078 individuals are staying in different evacuation centers in Davao del Sur due to the deadly earthquake.