REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – It was an evening of music and giving back.
Singers performed at the ABS-CBN International Headquarters in Redwood City, CA to raise funds for the ABS-CBN Foundation’s 18th annual Bantay Bata program.
Accomplished musician Noriel Adricula headlined the event along with his children’s choir.
Adricula is also ABS-CBN Foundation’s community ambassador who has been involved with fundraising for over two years now.
“I was blessed with the gift of music and at this point I wanted to share that with the children,” said Adricula. “My heart goes out to the children.”
Adricula formed this choir of Fil-Am children from the Bay Area to share their talents to help the less fortunate children in the Philippines.
“The kids here are happily call Bantay Bata Voices,” said Adricula. “I guess it gives them the opportunity first to be aware of how blessed they are and to be aware of how they can share their blessings.”
The children say that performing is the least they can do to help other children like themselves.
“It makes me feel really good because it’s an amazing feeling to know that you are helping others,” said 12-year-old Franchesca Lazaro of Milpitas, CA.
“It’s nice to go back to where you came from because it’s home,” said 14-year-old Katrina Apaido of Milpitas, CA. “It’s home in your heart.”
“It would help them a lot by giving them meals and at least a little bit of present and having the whole family together,” said 10-year-old Denise Nabales of San Jose, CA.
100 percent of the proceeds from the concert and auction will go towards the Bantay Bata program.
“In the end our goal is to protect the child and to build generations that our resilient and generations that can take care of themselves,” said Joann Kyle, Board Member of ABS-CBN Foundation International.
Those interested in participating in the Bantay Bata program are encourage to visit the website at www.abs-cbnfoundation.com.
Ann-Marie Tecson, Vocal Coach Director of Bytes and Notes is the one that formed the kids.