Every year, Filipino soldiers are killed or incapacitated in line of duty. Our soldiers are compelled by their sworn duty to put their lives in the line of fire even if it means dying and leaving their families to fend for themselves. It is more difficult for the children, whose dreams of a better future die together with their bread winners.
This is where the HERO Foundation, Inc. comes in. HERO, which stands for Help, Educate, and Rear Orphans, was founded in 1988 by the late President Corazon C. Aquino with then Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Renato de Villa, as an answer to the growing need to help families of fallen soldiers. The Foundation is presently headed by businessman-philanthropist Fernando Zobel de Ayala as the Chairman of its Board of Trustees.
The HERO Foundation's mission is to provide educational assistance in the form of stipends to children or siblings of Filipino soldiers killed in action, or totally incapacitated due to combat action. For 24 years, it has provided more than R98 million to 2,261 military orphans to ensure that qualified scholars receive a yearly stipend to support their education.
In line with this, the HERO Foundation launched a series of concerts to raise funds that will benefit families of our fallen soldiers. The first leg was held in Naga City last August.
Dubbed "Saludo: A Concert for Heroes," the concert is set today, Nov. 30, at the Nuvali Evoliving Center dockside with performances by 6CycleMind, Iya Villania, Nina and Bamboo. Organized by ALV Productions, the concert is co-presented by San Miguel Corporation and Nuvali.
Admission is free but a donation of R50 can go a long way. Each R50 donation will entitle you to a guaranteed seat to the concert.
Guests will also get a chance to win HERO shirts, autographed merchandise and backstage passes to meet and greet the artists. All proceeds will go to HERO Foundation.
To learn more, visit www.nuvali.ph or www.herofoundation.com.ph.