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In the service of others

Ogie Alcasid believes paying it forward is his God-given duty

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Ogie Alcasid has reached that point in time when he wants to give back to people.

Ogie Alcasid (mb.com.ph)

Ogie Alcasid

“Kahit sa maliit na paraan lang,” he said. “Ang mahalaga naman diyan ay mai-share mo ’yung pagpapala na binibigay ni God sa’yo.”

He encourages his colleagues to do the same.

“Alam kong maraming celebrities ang may magagandang mga puso,” he said. “A lot of them came from humble beginnings and marami diyan ay alam ang pakiramdam ng wala ng kahit ano, so I think they would understand the need to give back.”

Ogie has been a staunch advocate and ambassador of World Vision Foundation Inc., sponsoring several children for years now.

As ambassador, the singer-songwriter has been visiting an Aeta community in Zambales, one of many supported by World Vision.

“Nakakatawa nga nu’ng una kong punta du’n, hindi naman ako kilala ng mga indigenous people, akala nila si Piolo Pascual ako,” he said in jest.

The singer recalled how some of the locals organized a show of sorts for him, singing him songs which they themselves composed.

The experience, which he described as “one of the best days of his life,” moved him. So, there and then, he donated a sound system to the local church.

Unknown to Ogie, the community has long been praying for it. For years, they made do with an old drum set which they play using a branchlets because they couldn’t even afford decent drumsticks.

“Iba ’yung kasiyahan ko nu’ng nandu’n ako,” Ogie shared. “I fell in love with them, I feel like sobrang blessed ko dahil nakilala ko sila at nakasama ko sila.”

The visit made a great impact on him.

“’Yung mga tao du’n ang nagpapa-alala sa akin na kailangan mayroon akong gawin. Hindi lang pwede na ‘grateful,’ I need to serve at ’yun ang pinakamagandang aral na naibigay nila sa akin.”

Wish list

Ogie will celebrate his 50th birthday on Aug. 27.

The singer-songwriter behind the hits songs “Kailangan Kita,” “Nandito Ako,” and “Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang,” hopes he could continue writing more music in the future.

Ogie recently launched his nth album, a first-of-its kind musical collaboration with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra under Star Music. He describes the album as his tribute to OPM.

Ogie with Aeta fans (Photo from World Vision website) /mb.com.ph

Ogie with Aeta fans (Photo from World Vision website)

“Sa buhay ko naman, sana palagi kaming maging masaya. Maging maayos ang mga anak ko,” he said, adding jokingly, “Tapos gusto ko din makipag-swimming with the butandings in the future.”

Turning serious, Ogie said his utmost priority now is the welfare of his family.

“I love my job pero secondary na lang sa akin ngayon ’yun. I’m in the stage of my life na I just want to enjoy with my kids and enjoy being husband to my wife.”

Benefit concert

Ogie will soon hold a one-of-a-kind benefit concert dubbed “Nakakalokal.”

The concert will benefit the World Vision’s advocacy campaign “It Takes A World To End Sexual Exploitation Against Children.”

“Sa likod ng mga hindi magagandang pangyayari sa bansa natin, merong organization na may puso na tumulong sa mga bata,” was how he described the campaign.

World Vision Foundation National Director Rommel Fuerte said it was Ogie who initiated the idea.

“We are very thankful to Ogie because he shows his faithfulness and love to God by partnering with World Vision,” he said.

Ogie, on his part, is honored to be part of the project despite not being paid for it.

“It is just for the sheer joy of being able to serve eh,” he noted.

“Nakakalokal” features a star-studded line up that includes Angeline Quinto, Basti Artadi, Davey Langit, Erik Santos, Iñigo Pascual, Jaya, Kyla, Lara Maigue, Leila Alcasid, Lovi Poe, Men and Music, Solenn Heussaff, and Yeng Constantino.

“Actually kumausap lang ako at nagtanong tanong kung sinong available. Most of the guests are my friends and I’m thankful that they give their time willingly,” Ogie related.

“Nakakalokal” happens Aug. 25 at the KIA Theatre.

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