OPM band Ben&Ben has announced that they will be holding a performance on March 27, at 7:00 p.m. The event, officially called Puhon: A Ben&Ben FB Live Event For The COVID-19 Efforts, aims to raise funds to help purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and nutrition support for front line healthcare workers, COVID-19 testing kits, and relief goods for daily wage workers! The band will be playing their biggest hits for "a one-hour live stream show while staying in our own homes."
On March 22, Ben&Ben shared that they had already raised P1 million. The band wrote in a Facebook post: "Nakakaiyak. Sa Friday pa yung FB live natin pero umabot na tayo ng more than ONE MILLION PESOS fundraised in LESS THAN A DAY. Salamat sa inyong lahat at mga corporate donors for your generous hearts."
As of this writing, Ben&Ben has actually raised more than P1.45 million! WOW.
Puhon is a Cebuano word that means "hopefully." According to the band's official GoGetFunding page, "As artists, we believe that in a crisis like this, the COVID-19 pandemic, we are called to do what we can to help by sending messages of hope and by making efforts in raising funds to support the people most in need during this crisis."
The band has collaborated with TeaM Energy Foundation, YSEALI (Young South East Asian Leaders' Initiative), Limitless Lab, Asian Institute of Management Team Energy Center for Bridging Leadership and multiple sponsors.
Ben&Ben, along with their partner organizations, has also put up a website called Puhon.ph, where you can donate or sponsor someone and share inspiring stories amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you would like to help Ben&Ben and donate *directly*, here are the deets:
- Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands
- Account Name: Team Energy Foundation, Inc
- Account Number(s): BPI PHP CA # 2841-0007-68 and BPI USD SA # 000304-0222-72
- Direct contact email: Nestor.Banga@teamenergy.ph / Jam.Galindo@teamenergy.ph
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