INDIE folk pop band Ben&Ben is holding an online performance on March 27, 7 p.m., on its Facebook page to raise funds to assist the frontliners of the COVID-10 pandemic in the Philippines.
“As artists, we believe that in a crisis like this we are called to do what we can to help — may it be by sending messages of hope, making efforts in raising funds for this crisis, or others,” the nine-piece band in a statement on Sunday.
The performance, called Puhon: A Ben&Ben FB Live Event for the COVID-19 Efforts, aims to raise as much as P5 million to buy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical workers, COVID-19 testing kits, and relief goods for daily wage workers.
The event will also launch the band’s community-initiative website, puhon.ph, where people can donate.
Puhon is a Bisayan term for “hopefully” and “God-willing.”
“To aid us in championing these causes, we are in collaboration with TeaM Energy Foundation to receive and distribute the funds as well as YSEALI (Young South East Asian Leaders’ Initiative), Limitless Lab, Asian Institute of Management Team Energy Center for Bridging Leadership and multiple sponsors who, with open heartedness, are all willing to lend out during this difficult time,” the band said in their puhon.ph donation page.
The Facebook Live performance will last one hour and will see the band performing its hits such as “Maybe the Night,” “Ride Home,” “Leaves,” “Pagtingin,” and “Kathang Isip.”
The donation page has so far raised more than P1.45 million, P1.3 million of which came via offline donations.
The Ben&Ben Puhon concert is on March 27, 7 p.m. at https://www.facebook.com/BenandBenMusic. — ZBC