Hotdog Band raises money in Chicago for JustKidney

By Connie Macatula DeLeon, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 1, 2014

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. – Forty years ago, the legendary Pinoy pop-rock group The Hotdog Band was formed, by brothers Dennis and Rene Garcia together with Tito del Rosario.

Their first album, “Unang Kagat,” helped develop the Manila Sound, a musical genre that ruled the airwaves during that era.

The Hotdog Band was very popular in the 70’s. Over four decades later, they come to Chicago for the first time, all for a good a good cause.

Members of The Hotdog Band are still active in the music industry, but what keeps them busy is giving back to the community.

The group recently rocked Illinois with a concert that supported JustKidney, a non-profit organization that aims to provide free dialysis treatments in poor communities in the Philippines.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to JustKidney to aid us in providing that goal,” said Roel Ramirez, founder of JustKidney. “We like to target the provinces. We don’t like people coming to Manila because it’s an additional expense. This way, they can stay where they are and get treated for end-stage renal failure.”

“Super excited,” said Rene Garcia, lead vocalist of Hotdog. “The last concert we did was for Tacloban. We contributed all the earnings of the concert to Tacloban and so we decided to do a tour after that.”

Pinoy fans not only applaud the Hotdog Band’s efforts to help kababayans in need, but the group’s commitment to keep Original Pilipino Music alive.

“I grew up watching them,” said Joyce Marquez. “I am a big fan. ‘Manila’ is my favorite song.”

“I’m a fan and also, I’m here to support the cause of this event,” said Mr. Marquez, another Hotdog fan. “It’s Hotdog!”

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  • kikay Pang0
    1 October 2014 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Fil. still believes with this untalented group of the 70’s ? …They were terrible back then and they were even much worst now. Sometimes people spent money on the gate but didn’t actually know what they’re getting for their cash ….. Be courteous Promoter , they deserved a full refund.