By: Roi Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – Famous Original Pilipino Music (OPM) artists appealed for environmental conservation in an Earth Day Jam concert held Sunday night , Nov. 24 at Robinsons Place Dumaguete City.
The concert featured performances from the rock band Rivermaya, OPM Soul Siren Nina, acoustic singer Paolo Santos, singer Noel Cabangon, former rock singer Lou Bonnevie and local bands Bambu Spliff, Kaliftra and Skillage.
The event was hosted by tv star and former video jock Karel Marquez and Midi G.
Earth Day Jam concert aims to illicit strong public support in taking care of mother earth through music.
In a press conference earlier that day, Ms. Lou Bonnevie who is also the president of Earthday Jam Foundation said that for years, Earth Day Jam concert has been successful in creatively delivering the core message of conserving the environment.
“We are the longest running advocacy concert for mother earth,” Bonnevie said.
Event organizers and artists believe that music is one great tool in conveying their message and influencing people.
“Basically its raising awareness to all. I hope everyone will lern a lot on being environment friendly,” event host Karel Marquez said.
“We care for our children, other people’s children and on the next generation. Huwag naman nating iwan sira ang ating mundo,” singer Paolo Santos added.
Rivermaya band drummer Ryan Peralta also said the event helped them achieve their role in saving the environment.
Meanwhile, Bonnevie also said in the press conference that representatives from DENR and Silliman Univeristy will give a pep talk on environment conservation.
Aside from this, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) also set up its booth to help inform the people on the present situation of the world especially climate change.
Apart from the musical treat for the environment, Earth Day Jam concert is also dedicated to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.
Bonnevie said, an Earthday Jam Foundation booth will be opened to receive donations for the typhoon victims.
On the other hand, Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria thanked the organizers and the artists who staged the concert in time for the celebration of the City Charter Day.
“What is important is that everyone is starting to cooperate and do something for the environment,” Mayor Sagarbarria stressed.
The mayor hopes that Earthjam Foundation will continue to hold concerts in Dumaguete City in the future. (mbcn/RAL/PIA7-NEGOR)
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