Songs for Heroes 3 concert celebrates gallantry of Marawi heroes


Members of PNP and AFP Chorale leading the singing of the national anthem. (Rommel Flores / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — Members of the audience recalled the bravery of the soldiers and policemen who fought for peace in Marawi City at the benefit concert, Songs for Heroes 3 held last October 31.

The program began with songs expressing love for country and calling for peace and unity.

After which, scenes showing the sacrifices that soldiers and cops had gone through in the name of duty touched many people’s hearts.

Every song reflected the stories of hardships and gallantry of the protectors of the country.

The benefit concert was conceptualized by Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon as a way of recognizing the important role of the nation’s peacekeepers who are ready to risk their lives.

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“Maaaring tayong nandito sa kalakhang Maynila o nasa ibang lugar na malayo sa Marawi, maaaring di natin nararamdaman, baka hindi natin naiisip na tayo’y kasamang nakikinabang sa ginagawang pagtatanggol ng ating mga pulis, ng ating mga sundalo subalit ‘yun po ang katotohanan,” said Razon.

(Translation: Those of us living in Manila and other places far from Marawi may not feel it, or are unaware that we are also enjoying the benefits of the sacrifices of our policemen and soldiers, but that is the truth.)

“We need you. And we are grateful to everyone of you from the generals to the last soldier. We are grateful to you all,” said Bro. Eli Soriano.

Through the benefit concert, UNTV 37 Foundation Incorporated gave financial assistance of 6 million pesos to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and two million pesos to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Public Service advocate Kuya Daniel Razon handed the P6-M proceeds to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)

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“I don’t know how to thank [you]. In fact, I was telling Bro. Daniel Razon that we will show this to our troops in the field that the Filipino people in general, is actually supporting them so our soldiers can see that the people love them and they would be motivated even more,” said AFP Civil Relations Service Commander MGen. Ronnie Evangelista.

This has been the third benefit concert of UNTV from 2015 for the policemen and soldiers who can be considered true heroes.

Shacq Badon, whose parents are both soldiers, said he can totally relate to every scene he witnessed in the concert.

He admitted that there really are difficulties in having parents who are soldiers but through the event, he said that he is able to appreciate more the service of his father and mother.

“I am proud to be a son of a soldier. Through this event, I am able to realize more that I am so lucky. I am so fortunate that they are my parents,” said Badon. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue

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