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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.

Sep 21, 2021



EPY QUIZON is busy playing an important role in GMA-7’s mammoth production of “Voltes V”. as the hunchback villain Zul. 

He’s also in the movie, “Princess DayaReese” with Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber and he’s doing two new films next month.  

The last film he did, “The Art of Ligaw”, is a well crafted romcom and they’re now negotiating for it to be shown via streaming.

Despite his busy schedule as an actor, he launched MagkaisaPH,  a non profit organization campaigning for Peace whose main thrusts are the promotion of our culture and national identity. 

He is doing this with the help of the Mercy Islamic Foundation, Mindanao Development Authority, Backdoor Ventures, TBA Studios & The Dolphy Aid Para Sa Pinoy Foundation. 

Is he doing this to prepare for a political career? 

“No, just like my dad, sinasabi ko ngayon pa lang na wala akong balak at never akong papasok sa politika,” he says. 

“In this digital age, hatred is regularly expressed on a daily basis in social media, that the promotion of negativity has overcome reality. People tend to deliver and listen to fake and destructive news that it has become a norm.”

Epy says that this no doubt is creating discord in our society. 

“We would like to counter that with MagkaisaPH, a movement to create a community of respect and benevolence where they focus on and express Constructive Peace, Love and Happiness to heal our motherland from all the wounds that Ideologies, Politics, Religion, Language, Ethnicity, Race and the Color of our skins have inflicted.”

This is truly most welcome since it’s undeniable that we live in very divisive times. 

“So MagkaisaPH is a step forward to our dream of being united, as we collaborate and promote real solutions for a prosperous Philippines without hatred and biases and infect the world with Peace and Unity.”

They created MagkaisaPH.com, a simple website launched on Sept. 2. It will serve as the hub of the campaign where they will announce and store our events, projects and activities.  

MagkaisaPH.com with its beneficiary, The Dolphy Aid Para Sa Pinoy Foundation, aimsto educate High School students in war torn parts of the country in hopes to give them a better future. 

The mission is to help educate as much as we could with a transparent donation system. 

They have also made the song and music video during the height of the Marawi Siege, "Lukso ng Dugo", written by Epy Quizon with a special part written by Gloc 9 and arranged by Karel Honasan, Ira Cruz, Yosha Honasan, Micheal Alba and Nikko Rivera and produced by Arnold Buena of Hit Productions. 

More than 30 OPM artists and celebrities who believe in their mission and vision participated in the song. 

The launch of the music video will start with a 10day countdown on Oct. 6 up until its release on Youtube on Oct. 16 at 8:00 PM sharp. 

It will also be released on different social media networks such as our MagkaisaPH Facebook page and Instagram the following day. 

All funds generated by the song will transparently be donated to The Dolphy Aid Para Sa Pinoy Foundation as a donation from the Artist to fund educational projects starting in the Conflict Areas of Mindanao. 

The artists who participated in the song include Gary Valenciano, Eric Santos, Rivermaya,  Gloc 9, Kyla, Symphony of Angels,Jett Pangan, Champ, Vince De Jesus, Ebe Dancel, 

Sud, Nyoy Volante, Barbie Almalbis, Ira Cruz, Cookie Chua, Kat Agarrado, Michael Alba, Iza Calzado, Bugoy, 

Yosha Honasan, Matteo Guidicelli,  Gab Alipe, Karel Honasan, Bayang Barrios, Mike Swift, Nikko Rivera, Paolo Santos, Autotelic, Yeng Constantino and Nicole Ascencio. 

MagkaisaPH will also show "Bukal" (English title: "Wellspring"), a Short Film directed, written and produced by Epy himself about the conflict in Mindanao. It has recently been awarded a number of recognitions by several International Film Festivals, led by the Cannes filmfest, in just the beginning of its festival run. 

Executively produced by Local Sons Entertainment Inc. and Mercy Islamic Foundation with its president Muhammed Habeb Alkhulaqi, Bukal will be distributed by TBA Studios and released with a target date on January 23, 2022. 

Official announcements regarding where to watch it will be announced on MagkaisaPH platforms as soon as distribution strategy has been finalized.

MagkaisaPH will also hold an Arts and Music Festival led by Backdoor Ventures, creators of several very successful Arts and Music festivals from the past two decades. 

Official announcements of events will be announced on MagkaisaPH platforms as soon as events are finalized. 

Here’s wishing Epy and MagkaisaPH will be successful in their noble goal to promote peace and unity in our country.