MANILA – Some of the country’s top singers will gather at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on September 21 for a tribute concert for composer Ryan Cayabyab.
The National Artist for Music and Ramon Magsaysay awardee is being honored at “Ang SOAP Opera ng Buhay Ko 2: Musika ni Ryan, Medisina ng Ating Bayan (Isang Pagpupugay ng Iskolar ng Bayan sa Pambansang Alagad ng Sining).”
Spearheaded by the University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Foundation (UPMAF), the concert will feature Lea Salonga, Jed Madela, Jaya, Rachel Alejandro, Pinky Marquez, Cris Villonco, Franco Laurel, Ima Castro, John Arcilla, Yasmien Kurdi, Armand Ferrer, Baihana, Ryan Cayabyab Singers, Cris Go, and Tim Pavino, among others, performing Cayabyab’s songs.
Providing the musical accompaniment are the 50-piece ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra to be conducted by Maestro Jonathan Velasco, plus an 80-member chorus composed of The Mass Appeal, Ateneo Chamber Singers, UP Medical Alumni Society Choir, and UP Medicine Choir.
The concert aims to raise funds for the construction of the 11-storey UP Medical Sciences Building in UP Manila.
All of the artists involved in the show have waived their talent fees. “They are doing this show for the love of National Artist and Ramon Magsaysay awardee Ryan Cayabyab, for the love of the Iskolar ng Bayan, for the UP Med School, and the much needed Medical Sciences Building,” said Dr. Melfred Hernandez, one of the organizers.
Cayabyab, for his part, is delighted that his music has become a channel for charitable endeavors.
“Never imagined that a person’s music can help raise the needed funds for various charity or educational projects,” he said.
“Salamat sa realization na may ibang silbi ang musika sa ikabubuti ng komunidad.”
Tickets are available at Ticketworld.