Bro. Eli Soriano’s Call on Twitter Produced Full House ‘Songs For Heroes’ Concert

SM MOA Arena during “Songs For Heroes” benefit concert. Photo by Kenji Hasegawa of Photoville Int’l. for MCGI.org.

Pasay City, Philippines — Members Church of God International (MCGI) and supporters filled every corner of the SM MOA Arena on March 19, 2015, during Songs for Heroes: a benefit concert for the families of the Mamasapano tragedy’s Fallen 44.

Retrospectively, MCGI’s Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano used social media to initiate the call for the said concert for a cause.

The tweet that launched “Songs For Heroes” benefit concert.

Only a few days after Bro. Eli’s call to help the families of the brave men who sacrificed their lives for the country’s peace, “Songs For Heroes” was announced by UNTV 37, the prime media presenter of the event.

Hours away from the concert, Bro. Eli tweeted “#Songs4HeroesConcert Let us join hands in helping their beloved families! Let us fill the MOA (Arena) with songs & love for peace!”

Aside from the hashtag #Songs4HeroesConcert making a brief mark in the Philippine trends, the families of the SAF 44 were at awe seeing the jam-pack arena of supporters that evening.

The AFP and PNP Chorale performed along with a variety of budding artists and OPM hit-makers. From goosebumps-inducing performances and song numbers that made the crowd well up with tears, it was one memorable concert the audience surely won’t forget.

The entire arena lit with mobile devices held up in the air during Noel Cabangon’s performance of “Kanlungan.” Photo by Kenji Hasegawa of Photoville Int’l. for MCGI.org.

As the precursor of the advocacy, Bro. Eli Soriano expressed how thankful he is to God for turning the concert into reality. Aside from giving P10,000 per family, Bro. Eli also offered full scholarships to the children of the affected families of the tragedy through La Verdad Christian College-Caloocan.

Toward the end of the program, the families of the brave 44 were called upon to receive their donations of more than P6M.

Standing overwhelmed before a full house arena, Erica Pabalinas, widow of Sr. Insp. Ryan Pabalinas tearily gave a speech on behalf of the families of the fallen Special Action Force. “Nakita ko na marami pala kaming kasama na lalaban para sa hustisya.” (“I see [now] how many are with us to fight for justice.”) Pabalinas cried.

As parting words, UNTV CEO Dr. Daniel S. Razon promised a follow-up event to help the brave police and military men of the nation: “This will not be the last. We will have a repeat of this, God willing… to God be the Glory!”

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