Last August 21, 2015, the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), in partnership with the Joey Velasco Foundation (JVF), held the “No Greater Love: An Inspirational Concert for the Benefit of the Joey Velasco Foundation Scholars and the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation Formation Programs” at the Bro. Rafael Donato FCS Center for Cultural Arts in La Salle Greenhills. Friends of both Foundations, as well as numerous partners and family members filled the auditorium.
The night was filled with music and stories about the lives of Ninoy Aquino and Joey Velasco, as well as the lives of people they have been able to help directly or indirectly. The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Music Ministry, led by NCAF’s Program Director, Jampao Reyes, delivered numerous musical favorites like “Impossible Dream”, “Pananagutan”, and “Seasons of Love”. Several artists were also present to share music and inspiration. Yeng Constantino sang her hit single, “Haway Kamay” together with the Hapag ng Pag-Asa Village Youth Choir, whose members are all scholars of JVF. Noel Cabangon gave an engaging solo performance, singing iconic songs like “Kanlungan”, “Nariyan Ka”, and “Awit ng Bahaghari”. Fatima Soriano sang her own rendition of “Your Heart Today”, originally composed by Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ for Ninoy and Cory Aquino. She also joined the NCAF Music Ministry and the Hapag ng Pag-Asa Village Youth Choir for the singing of “Tell The World of His Love”. Cenacle Sisters Vocational Director, Sister Bubbles Bandojo also gave a stirring rendition of the song “Panunumpa”, together with one of Joey Velasco’s children, Clarisse Velasco.
All proceeds from the event, including sales of Joey Velasco’s works sold during the event, will go to the continued education of the scholars of JVF and its community, and to NCAF’s spiritual-leadership formation programs.
The Joey Velasco Foundation (JVF) was established after the death of nationally acclaimed artist, Joey Velasco, best known for his Last Supper rendition, “Hapag ng Pag-Asa”, depicting Jesus Christ eating together with Filipino street children. At present, JVF’s priority is in supporting the Hapag Kids (kids featured in the paintings of Joey Velasco) and their families, as well as other families residing at the Hapag Village in Amparo, Caloocan City. JVF has created livelihood programs for the families, as well skill-based training, value formation and community sessions, and academic scholarships to the children and youth of the community. Also, one of JVF’s main advocacy to continue Joey Velasco’s legacy through his art works. The foundation is already in its initial stages of the Museum Development Plan to promote the life, work, and advocacy of “heartist” Joey Velasco.
The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) traces its roots to the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation (BSAF), established by the late Senator’s widow, Cory Aquino, in November 1983 to perpetuate his legacy. It seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory Aquino by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy. Since 2008, the Foundation has made a deliberate effort to strengthen this advocacy through spiritual-leadership formation development programs. The foundation has catered to hundreds of college students from school all over the country, public school teachers, corporate leaders in numerous multi-national business, young public servants, indigenous youth leaders, seminarian-priest leaders, and many others.