Awit at Laro with Gary V in Bacolod
About Awit at Laro
Awit at Laro is a movement that celebrates the spirit of play, urging everyone to go back to the Filipino outdoor games that the older generation have enjoyed in the past. With Gary Valenciano and Bambi Mañosa at the helm, this project aims to raise funds for UNICEF as well as the Tukod Foundation and the Shining Light Foundation.
Both Gary V and Ms. Mañosa have the vision of reintroducing traditional games to the younger generation through the use of music and the arts. They have involved many artists for this endeavor. Kids and teens nowadays are so engrossed in their gadgets playing games and getting involved in social media that they have forgotten how it is to go outside and really play.
Here in Bacolod City, children in the audience got to play in some of the games set up at the event center before the show started. They were led by the dancers from Steps Dance Studio. The participants were given Awit at Laro shirts as souvenirs. Kids’ toys and play have really changed over the years and it’s nice to look back at how we had fun back then.
For more information on Awit at Laro, visit their website, www.awitatlaro.com. You may buy the book and the album from the website.
Gary V Mini Concert in Bacolod
I have watched a few of the Gary V concerts at the University of St. La Salle in the past and I would often hear him say how much he loved Bacolod City. He has also mentioned it several times that given the chance, he would like to retire in the City of Smiles. He said it again this time.
Perhaps his show at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central was the last stop in the Awit at Laro tour, or perhaps he just loved the people and the city so much, that he performed so many songs and went up and down the stage many times in order to interact with his fans.
That mini concert delighted everyone present, especially the die-hard Gary V fans. Even my husband had a different kind of laugh after the concert. We who grew up with his songs were very happy to see Mr. Pure Energy perform onstage once again. After battling health problems this year, you would not think of anything except God’s miracle upon Gary V’s life as you see him execute his signature moves and jumps. He was on fire!
Out of the 22 shows for Awit at Laro, Gary V performed in 17 of them. Their last stop was Bacolod and Gary V didn’t miss the chance to be reunited with hi fans here. He was joined by Katrina Velarde, who wowed the audience with her impeccable performance, and the young dancers of the Steps Dance Studio.
The show ended with a book signing and photo op with Gary V. It was hosted by Bacolod-based actor and host, John Arceo.
About Shining Light Foundation, Inc.
Shining Light Foundation was born from the desire of Gary V and his wife Angeli to spread the gospel by serving those that need financial and spiritual assistance. The foundation is anchored on the principles that spell L.I.G.H.T. — Love and Service, Integrity, Godliness, Help and Hope, Thanksgiving, Tithes, and Testimony.
They work hand-in-hand with strategic partners to bring financial, emotional, and spiritual blessings for pastors, missionaries and church workers, women, the elderly, children, the homeless, the poor, as well as the sick.
As the National Ambassador for UNICEF, Gary Valenciano also channels aid from the foundation to UNICEF’s programs that help promote and protect the rights of children around the Philippines.
About Tukod Foundation
Meanwhile, Tukod Foundation was established by Architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa in the year 2000 in order to empower and develop youth leaders. The strive to create spaces and events that immerse the youth in the beauty and diversity of Philippine culture.
From publishing books and setting up exhibits that extol Philippine architecture, the foundation continues to champion causes that inspire love for our country. It is also worth to note that Architect Mañosa is behind the renovation of Museo Pambata as the Filipino museum for children.
Meeting Gary V for the First Time
It was our young daughter’s first time to meet Gary V in person and she was smitten. If you slide the Instagram post of Ms. Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, you will see Shane on the second picture. haha
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It’s a wrap! The last flight of Gary for the year. His last mall show in Bacolod. What a run this has been! One of our favorite cities in the Philippines. My roots in showbiz. I started my concert career with a team of Ilonggos ~ Kuh Ledesma. Toto Gentica. Jet Montelibano. Butch Elizalde. my band Music and Magic. Bacolod holds a very special place in my heart. And this is where we spent our last Awit at Laro mall show! And his last show for the year. Thank you Ayala Malls Bacolod ~ Capitol Central!!!! Thank you to the Ayala Malls Team and the A@L cast who were part of this amazing run. Sofia and the Steps Dance Project, Yeng Tupaz, Eunice, Tin, Arrianne!!! Can’t thank you enough for the trust! ❤️ To Katrina Velarde who ended the run with her powerful & unmatched vocal prowess! You took the audiences’ breath away! As always ! (See you at your Feb 1 solo concert at New Frontier Theater!) Teach your children and relatives to play. This will curb the depression epidemic. This advocacy tour was full of challenges, fun, tears and laughter. And Gary made it to 17 malls and the team to a total of 22 shows! More! More! More! Bravo to the artists! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 To the Tukod Foundation, our Ninong Bobby and Ninang Denise Mañosa, Unicef, Kids for Kids, our Genesis / GVPI / Shining Light Foundation teams, Star Music, our dependable freelance partners, Mals Ledesma and AEDi, Avida and the corporate partners, the group of artists who selflessly joined us, and the Mañosa and Zobel families and our director Paolo Valenciano ~ we say thank you. May the music Gary produced for this campaign live forever in the lives of children and their families and be a game changer to create a breakthrough in the lifestyles of the youth! ❤️❤️❤️ Merry Christmas everyone and here’s to a more music-filled playful 2019 to all of you !!!! #awitatlaro #taralarotayo 📸 Josh Buizon (Swipe to the left for more photos!)