Heroes New Year’s Countdown!
By EVO JOEL CONTRIVIDA
Unknown to many, there is a silent or informal group of selected Original Pilipino Music (OPM) artists who are staunchly advocating for education as the best foundation in life. They call themselves as the Heroes Project PH, wherein an artist usually perform in a big audience, and ask donations to send kids to school.
Mike Chan, one of the members of all-star quartet Sabado Boys, along with Paolo Santos, Jimmy Bondoc, Luke Mijares and DJ Myke, is spearheading the Heroes Project PH that started in 2011. They usually held bar and mall shows and asked for donations from the people watching them perfomed. But in 2014, their gig became a New Year Countdown concert after the National Historical Foundation offered them Luneta Park as their venue. They were performing at the Jose Rizal shrine, that’s why they name it Heroes Project, since they were inspired singing at the presence of the country’s National Hero.
“So far, we were able to donate 12 pre-operation for kids with facial deformities, and last year for the Rizal New year’s countdown, we were able to support 20 scholars. And this year, we decided to go full time and full blow heroes campaign, and fund 40 senior high school scholars, for 40 deserving kids and hopefully we can make it double to 80.” Chan explained.
Some notable artists who have been supportive of Heroes Project PH in the past are Barbie Almabis, Sitti, Nyoy Violante, Jason Fernandez and others. This is their way of giving back the blessings they have received in their respective career.
“We want to do something for the people who have been supporting us,” Chan added. “We want to give out a message that you don’t have to be a celebrity to do something for, we want to let the people know that this is one way they can be happy, appreciate small things in life, and find a way to share.”
This 2015 Heroes Project PH is aiming to have 40 or more senior high school scholars, along with their partner private schools nationwide. The campaign, aside from the different gigs, is also thru texting, wherein one text cost P10 each. All they have to do (for all Globe users) is text HEROES and send to 3456.
Chan, who is a nephew of fashion mogul Ben Chan, of Bench clothing company, also announced that another telecommunication company is soon to open a text line for them, to broaden their way of getting donations and cover people from all walks of life.
Aside from that, and all-star album is set to release early 2016 entitled We are the World where the proceeds also goes to the scholarship project. They will soon release the names of bands and artists who will share one song each after clearing some legalities from their respective recording companies. Aside from one song donation, they will also record an original song, “We Are All In This Together” with all the participating artists.
One sure song to be part of the said album is from the band Mojofly. Ali Alejandro, one of the band’s member was present during the launch of Heroes Project Ph early this month at Quezon Buffet Restaurant. Ali said that they believed in this advocacy and willing to volunteer anything for the success of the project.
Participating schools partnered with Heroes Project Ph are Ateneo De Manila, Xavier School, STI, Miriam College, St.Theresa’s College, St.Mary’s Academy and a lot more. Chan said that the procedure in accepting deserving students is thru the core group school that will screen and decide who will be given scholarships. All they have to do is contact the administration of the partner schools and apply. Covered students are those who are enrolling to Grade 11 and Grade 12 next school year.
“It’s the thought that you can help somebody kahit di mo s’yakilala. And thru Heroes you can help send kids to school, at pag natapos s’ya, hopefully maalala n’yan ako pinaaral, kung s’ya may trabaho na, puede naman s’yang tumulong, it’s a cycle, “ Mike explained.
Chan would like to clarify that they are not a formed group or an organization, there is no founding members or officers, they are just volunteers and helping individually as a team who happened to have talents in singing that they utilized to help others. They prefer to be called friends from the music industry. They are also open to some artists who wish to join them, especially this coming December 31, a New Year’s countdown, to be held again at the Luneta park.