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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 1, 2011

Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velazquez doing charity work

AS EDSA PEOPLE Power Commisioner for Music, Ogie Alcasid is now busy preparing for their concert “BaliKaBayani” that aims to raise funds for OFW’s who returned from Libya and are jobless now. This will be held at the Araneta Coliseum, 7:30 PM, on Thursday, April 14, with tickets ranging from only P50 to P1,000. “Para mas maraming manood,” he says. Their list of guest performers from OPM (Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit), of which Ogie is the president, is impressive: Lea Salonga, Noel Cabangon, Christian Bautista, The Company, Spongecola, Aegis, 6Cyclemind, Salamin, Jim Paredes and Buboy Garovillo, Mark Bautista, Dingdong Avanzado, Duncan Ramon, Faith Cuneta, Ryan Cayabyab Singers, Jamie Rivera, Juana Change, Mae Paner, Gary Valenciano and Ogie himself who’ll be azdirecting it. “Marami pang madadagdag diyan so it’s really going to be a star-studded show,” he adds. “We’d like to thank the J. Amado Araneta Foundation as they donated the use of the Big Dome for free. Mga P800,000 din ang natipid namin doon.”

He doesn’t get any salary as commissioner. “Abonado pa nga ako, but I’m enjoying it kahit wala akong kinikita. It gives a different kind of fulfilment.” Is this in preparation for politics? “No, definitely not. I’m not cut out for that. Talagang I just love doing this kind of volunteer work. Sa OPM, we’re also holding a singing contest in cooperation with PAGCOR. 4,000 auditioned and we’ll choose 12 finalists who’ll undergo intensive training and seminars. We’ll have the finals on June 12. Next year, our project is for songwriters. We’ll start at the grassroots with Ryan Cayabyab training music teachers all over the country to teach songwriting and performing to their students. Then we’ll choose 17 finalists from the country’s 17 regions.”

Ogie and wife Regine also help the Kapuso Foundation with their Ukay-Ukay project at World Trade Center from April 15-17 where celebrities donate their unused clothes, bags, shoes to be sold at the bazaar. The earnings will be used to build 50 classrooms each year in poor barangays in the country. Mother Lily already donated P1 million to this worthwhile cause. Is it true wife Regine is now preggy? “No. Umaatake na naman ang migraines niya so I told her to rest muna. We’re supposed to visit my kids in Sydney sa Holy Week but di na siya sasama so she can rest. Babalik na lang ako agad dito in time for her birthday.”