Saturday, November 22, 2014

Support Rebuilding Bohol: Gift of Joy Benefit Concert, December 13

Rebuilding Bohol: The Gift of Joy Benefit Concert

After an earthquake struck Bohol a year ago, Loon town was the hardest-hit with 20 people dead and left its Our Lady of Light Church reduced to rubble. The most heartbreaking though for the town’s school children and parents was the loss of 32 of its 64 day care centers. 
 Only the Our Lady of Light remained intact and unscathed from the church
Encouraged by the overwhelming response for help and with the backing & support of the Lopezes of Loon & other civic- minded Loonanons, Dr. Rosendo M. Lopez III stepped forward to organize “Gift of Joy”,a fund- raising concert, to support the rehabilitation of the town’s day care centers & to bring attention to the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in the municipality

 Your Blogger with Dr. Rosendo M. Lopez III

  Kirby Asunto
Remember the 14-year-old Filipino-American pop soprano singer who was handpicked by Manny Pacquaio to sing the Philippine National Anthem at the highly-publized boxing bout between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, Nevada in June 2012 and who became a worldwide trending topic in Twitter at that time?

Kirby Asunto has finally grown up into a budding beauty whose musicality has wowed American music & entertainment critics. Yet, despite the accolades, Kirby feels it is important she should go back to her Visayan roots and help her kababayans who are in need.

So when she was asked by Rosemarie Lopez- Pinlac, US- based sister of Dr. Rosendo Lopez  who is a very good friend of Shirley Asunto, Kirby’s mom, to be the headliner for the December 13 fundraiser concert sans the usual professional fee, she promptly said YES.

Kirby, who is on the verge of international pop music stardom is a perfect example that philanthropy starts at a young age.  


Arnel Pineda 
Providing strong support to Ms. Asunto are Arnel Pineda came to international prominence in 2007 when he was chosen in a worldwide search for the new lead singer of the American rock band Journey

Jacob Benedicto 
Jacob Benedicto PBB All In Housemate. Known as the “Cutie Crooner of Paranaque”, he is a total stage performer and was in fact, a semifinalist of the “The Voice of the Philippines Season 1”

 Marlo Mortel
Marlo Mortel is an actor and singer from the Philippines best known for his role as Nicolo Angelo Cortez at the television drama Be Careful with My Heart. Mortel is under of ABS-CBN's talent management Star Magic.

Fr. Jonas Mejares, OSA 
Fr. Jonas Mejares, OSA, showed his outmost passion for music and discovered God's gift of singing when he was only five years old. The nurturing batons of his parents and the greeneries of his birthplace, Napo in Loon, Bohol, have indeed left their mark in the young boy who grew up to be a living melody of God's love.

He joined the Order of St. Augustine in 1981 and was ordained as priest in 1990. He graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree both in Philosophy and Theology at the University of Santo Tomas. 

Prior to his present assignment as Rector of  Basilica del Santo Nino in Cebu City, he was the Dean of the Conservatory of Music at the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City and former Dean of Theology.  


Backed up by K & N Productions, Bohol’s premier events management outfit that has more than 10 years of proven track record and experience in producing events, the people behind the fundraiser are confident with the organizational capability and integrated resources to mount this fund raising concert with resounding success.

Join us in “Gift of Joy” at the Bohol Wisdom Gymnasium, December 13, to celebrate a new beginning, a new life & hope that Christmas brings & listen to the purity of an angel’s singing voice.  

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