A Coronavirus Truce: Ateneo and La Salle Alumni Raise P10 Million for Urban Poor

Time to unite.

Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University alumni have set aside its decades-long sports rivalry in this time of coronavirus to raise P10,500,000. The sum will provide food packs for the vulnerable urban poor through Bayanihan Musikahan.

The donation was done thanks to the efforts of the Jesuits of the Philippine Province and the De La Salle Brothers.

Spearheaded by National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab, Bayanihan Musikahan is a fundraising movement supported by the country’s musicians who have gathered to hold online concerts or livestreams on the organization’s Facebook page.

So far, the movement has streamed live concerts with Ebe Dancel, Morissette, and Martin Nievera. Lea Salonga also joined and raised over P2 million in just one hour. So far, Bayanihan Musikahan has raised over P37 million in total.


Donations are used to purchase “Manna Packs” that contain rice, munggo, and other food, as well as “Ligtas COVID Kits” that consists of medical and health supplies. The beneficiaries of this movement are the urban poor communities of Metro Manila, who are being hit the hardest by this pandemic as well as the enhanced community quarantine.

To support Bayanihan Musikahan, you can donate via the following links: pymy.co/pbsp (Mastercard, Visa, JCB, PayMaya), donation.ph/pbsp (BPI Credit/Debit cards, GCash, GrabPay), or give2asia.org/pbsp (Donate in US Dollars).

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