Manny V. Pangilinan Marks Milestone 75th Birthday With A Star-Studded, Free Online Concert
An all-star concert for a sustainable Philippines.
For his birthday this year, the MVP Group’s Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, known by his initials “MVP”, celebrated with a star-studded online concert streamed across the Group’s social media platforms on July 14, 2021.
Hosted by renowned Filipino personalities Ogie Alcasid and Iza Calzado, and co-hosted by Augie Palisoc, Jr., President and Director of Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings, Inc., and Bong Sta. Maria, President and CEO of Pilipinas Global Network, the occasion was full of outstanding performances from the country’s most talented celebrities. The opening number by Randy Santiago, Luke Mejares, Ronnie Alonte, JC de Vera, and Dwight Ramos of Gilas Pilipinas, who sang a medley of VST & Co. hits, was definitely an upbeat way to start the evening!
The only thing on the celebrant’s wish list, however, was for his birthday to be an avenue for highlighting the 6 Advocacies close to his heart—Gabay Kalusugan, Gabay Karunungan, Gabay Kabuhayan, Gabay Kabataan, and Gabay Komunidad.
“MVP has inculcated the culture of malasakit,” says Alcasid. “He believes that with proper guidance and support, anyone can have the power to change their lives and rise above any crisis or setback. And it is for this reason that the group’s advocacies carry the word ‘gabay.’”
“The Gabay advocacies are anchored on the group’s core purpose of contributing to national progress and improving the quality of lives of Filipinos,” Calzado adds.
These 6 Gabay advocacies are what MVP believes to be the building blocks for a sustainable Philippines.
Introduced by Matteo Guidicelli and Sarah Geronimo-Guidicelli, the Gabay Kabuhayan advocacy aims to open doors for small and medium entrepreneurs, and ordinary individuals seeking better lives.
During a time where most entrepreneurs have shifted to the digital landscape, Gabay Kabuhayan not only supports these businesses, but offers training and tools that can help mini negosyantes establish their homegrown brand.
“We’ve made it our sacred mission to provide the tools for the youth, to imagine and pursue the grandest vision of their future,” actor Ian Veneracion said as he introduced the advocacy.
Disciplined, confident, entrepreneurial, and innovative: these are the values that Gabay Kabataan aims to inculcate in our youth. “We honor the achievements of young leaders, help amplify their voice, and offer platforms for them to create impact,” Veneracion adds.
Aside from these, Gabay Kabataan focuses on providing equal opportunities for the youth to achieve financial security, independence, and well-being.
“We believe the youth possess infinite possibilities in realizing promising tomorrows. The youth is, indeed, our smartest investment.”
Everything we have comes from nature, but it’s something we often forget. Filipino actor Derek Ramsay emphasized the importance of nurturing and taking care of the environment to sustainably build a nation.
“We joined forces with experts to fortify 24 protected areas across the archipelago, we become champions of life underwaters sweeping across our coasts,” explains Ramsay. “We empower guardians of marine protection, create artificial reefs in the sea, and tend to vital ecosystems’ health.”
The Gabay Kalikasan advocacy also aims to establish information centers nationwide to spread the word. Together, we can make a cleaner, greener planet for every Filipino.
Through Gabay Komunidad, which aims to provide security and basic needs to Filipino communities, even the hardest-to-reach villages are provided with tools to help power their dreams and brighten their future.
“We bring help and home to battlescarred victims in areas torn by conflict. We comfort and provide support to survivors of calamities, no matter who they are, no matter where they are,” said broadcaster Korina Sanchez-Roxas. “With the help other leaders, we are building a more resilient and disaster-prepared Philippines.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to express our appreciation and extend our help to our health workers now more than ever. And Gabay Kalusugan does just that.
“Pandemic or not, the job of a health worker can be overwhelming. But they rise above every challenge, because so many depend on them to be at their best at all times,” said television host Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski. “Gabay Kalusugan is driven by this same sense of duty, the same sense of compassion, and the same compulsion to make healthcare available and accessible to every Filipino.”
Through this advocacy, the new mWell mobile application was put into work—an app designed to make every user’s medical needs available with just a few clicks.
Cojuangco-Jaworski says, “Some heroes save lives, some heroes uplift lives. Gabay Kalusugan celebrates both.”
Good education is a vital part in improving the lives of Filipinos. This is why for many years, Gabay Karunungan worked closely with the Department of Education (DepEd) in enhancing the quality of education in the Philippines.
“Education gives one the opportunity to have a better life and future for oneself and family,” says singer and performer Pops Fernandez.
Through the Gabay Karunungan advocacy, scholarships, financial aid, and educational assistance are provided to employee dependents and children of policemen. Aside from these, they also provide trainings and workshops for learners from far-flung areas get equal opportunities.
The presentation of each Gabay advocacy was punctuated by memorable performances by the best and the brightest Filipino artists and musicians then and now. The long list includes Erik Santos, Christian Bautista, Bugoy Drilon, Aicelle Santos, Darren Espanto, The Company, Morissette, Bituin Escalante, Zsazsa Padilla, The Philippine Madrigal Singers, Hajji Alejandro, Geneva Cruz, Kuh Ledesma, Nonoy Zuniga, Basil Valdez, Nicole Laurel Asensio, Nyoy Volante, Poppert Bernadas, Lara Maigue, Jonah, Sam Concepcion, Angeline Quinto, Lani Misalucha, and Jed Maddela.
The two-and-a-half-hour online concert ended on a high note with with a medley of nationalistic songs sung by legendary entertainers Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Gary Valenciano, Lea Salonga, and Martin Nievera, and National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab.
Through a night full of good music, good deeds, and uplifting others, we are once again reminded through the inspiring work of Mr. Manny Pangilinan of what we can do to help achieve a sustainable future for our country. With these 6 advocacies, we can empower communities and improve the lives of every Filipino.
Happy birthday, MVP!
Watch the online concert on YouTube below:
All images screencapped from PLDTGabayGuro / YouTube