LP, NP mount competing concerts

Posted at 02/25/10 12:15 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Planning to go out on Thursday? Your choice could boil down to two concerts organized by two of the country's major political parties.

The Liberal Party (LP) and the Nacionalista Party (NP) are both offering concerts that will double as their campaign rallies for their presidential bets.

For their part, LP will celebrate the 24th anniversary of the 1986 'People Power' revolution with a show of force, a battery of television stars and recollections of the legacy of former president Corazon Aquino and her husband, martyred senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr.

The highlight of Thursday's festivities? "Senator Noynoy [Aquino] will give the marching orders to the 'Yellow Army.' What needs to be done and what we need to contribute this coming elections," said lawyer and LP supporter Abigal Valte.

The so-called "Yellow Army" is Aquino's volunteer group tasked to protect his votes in May.

"It's going to be both political and commemorative," said LP stalwart Sen. Francis Pangilinan of LP's celebration.

Valte said Quezon City's Araneta Coliseum will be packed with 18,000 members of the yellow army. Outside, video screens will be in place for the rest who cannot get tickets inside.

Stars who have confirmed as of Monday are Ogie Alcasid, Christian Bautista, Eric Santos, and bands SpongeCola and Brownman Revival, she said.

LP seeks to inspire voters, particularly the youth. Aquino spokesman Edwin Lacierda said they want to remind the youth of what happened in EDSA People Power.

"Most of the youth right now, who were born before 1986, are not familiar with People Power. This is to remind them what happened back in those years," he said.

"That's why the slogan is "Learning from the Past, Fighting for the Future," he added.

The event will start at 2 p.m.

NP's 'Rockatropa'

On the other side of the metropolis, the Nacionalista Party of presidential aspirant Sen. Manuel Villar will hold the 'Rockatropa' concert at the Mall of Asia concert grounds.

The free concert will feature artists led by TV gameshow host Willie Revillame and Sarah Geronimo, a statement from the NP said.

Among the confirmed acts are Andrew E, Randy Santiago, the Wowowee Kembot Girls, Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Bamboo, and Juan de la Cruz band.

The concert is being organized by Camille Villar, the daughter of the NP standard bearer, and is aimed towards the youth.

The concert is part of a series launched last year, the NP said.