Ben&Ben is playing once again for the benefit of vulnerable communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The folk-pop band is holding Balik Eskwela: Puhon Part 2, a one-hour live show that will be streamed simultaneously on their Facebook and YouTube channels.
The event is meant to raise funds for the Balik Eskwela Project, which supports students and teachers who have limited resources as they adjust to changes in the educational system during the pandemic.
The funds will be used for e-learning and physical supplies that will be distributed to public schools; PPEs and vitamins for teachers and personnel distributing the supplies; and distribution efforts tapping into localized transport systems in coordination with local government units.
“Ever since the end of the first Puhon, we’ve been aching to help out even more in our own little way,” Ben&Ben lead vocalist and guitarist Miguel Benjamin said.
“And so, when we were figuring out where to help with the myriad of problems in today’s landscape, we eventually zeroed in on helping out a sector that is very close to our hearts: education.”
“We have concluded upon analysis that this is one of the areas wherein most help is needed in these times. School in the time of the pandemic is something that none of us expected, and so we will do our best to help out in this major challenge,” added Ben&Ben lead vocalist and guitarist Paolo Benjamin.
According to Miguel, this is the first time that Ben&Ben will self-produce a full-length online show during the pandemic, live from the BBTV house.
“Expect a very intimate, premium live concert experience straight from our home to yours,” he said.
The band held Puhon: A Ben&Ben FB Live Event in March, and a YouTube Live launch of their single “Doors” in April – both fundraisers for coronavirus relief efforts.
They also launched their community website puhon.ph, a platform for music, stories, and art meant to uplift and boost the morale of key stakeholders of the pandemic response.
Balik Eskwela: Puhon Part 2 will be held on Sunday, October 4, from 5 pm onwards. – Rappler.com