Excellent performing artists Ogie Alcasid and Noel Cabangon will render songs for all Filipino soldiers for free.
The concert named HIMIGSIKAN 2011: ROCKrakan para sa Kapayapaan will start at 6 p.m. on April 27 at Armed Forces of the Philippines General Headquarters’ grandstand.
Prior to this, sometime February 2011, Alcasid and Cabangon, president and VP for External Affairs of the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), respectively, expressed their intention to visit different camps and render songs for the soldiers
This expression of support came amidst the brewing controversy brought about by the ongoing Senate hearings on the alleged corruption in the military in early 2000.
Brigadier General Jose Z. Mabanta Jr. accepted the offer and instead of a simple “videoke” performance by volunteer OPM artists, a free concert and convergence of diverse cultures of the Filipino society was conceived. The goal was to visit camps as far as Mindanao.
Other objectives of the said activity are to boost the morale and pay tribute to the Filipino soldiery for the heroism and sacrifices in defending the freedom and independence enjoyed by the Filipino people; and to inculcate the values of creativity, Filipino identity and traditions, and the peaceful aspirations of the Filipino people through musical expressions.
Meanwhile, other volunteer OPM singer-artists includes Mitch Valdes and Cookie Chua.