MANILA, Philippines – Singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon is helping raise funds for the theater group Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) via a concert at the Music Museum in Greenhills on Friday, September 28.
Proceeds of “Tuloy Ang Byahe The Concert” will go to the PETA Endowment Fund, which is meant to “ensure the sustainability” of PETA, which will allow the theater group to continue its cultural work and develop future talent.
According to PETA president CB Garrucho, the theater group is aiming to raise P50 million by 2017 when PETA marks its 50th anniversary.
“Noel embodies the ideal values of PETA, like love of country,” Garrucho said of Cabangon, calling his music “inspiring and uplifiting.”
Cabangon joined PETA in the early 1990s, and has worked as musical director, composer and even actor with the group. He also taught at workshops aimed at educating younger generations about the importance of theater.
His first work with the group was as composer of the children’s play “Ang Tiririt ng Ibong Adarna.” He was also the musical director for “Lola Basyang,” which PETA debuted in 2005 and will be re-staging next month for two weekends.
“I continue to rally behind PETA and its ideals, so it is just fitting that we collaborate on ‘Tuloy Ang Byahe The Concert’ because for us, really, the journey continues,” Cabangon said, adding that the concert is also his way of thanking his audience for their support.
“Tuloy Ang Byahe” is also the title of Cabangon’s latest album, which includes his versions of classic OPM hits.
Cabangon’s special guests at the Music Museum concert are balladeer Christian Bautista and rapper Gloc-9, who also appeared in the album, providing the raps for Cabangon’s version of “Manila.”
“The arrangement of the songs in the concert will be different,” Cabangon said, citing the presence of a “mini-orchestra.”
“Visually and musically, it will be very interesting,” he added.