Benefit concert will feature PNoy’s personal playlist

True blue: Benigno Simeon Aquino III, 15th president of the Philippines (2010-2016); Ateneo de Manila Grade School, 1973; High School, 1977; AB Economics, 1981 —PHOTOS FROM THE AQUINO ARCHIVES

The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) is producing a concert featuring the songs that the late former president Noynoy “PNoy” Aquino loved for the benefit of the Benigno Simeon Aquino III Scholarship Endowment.

“PNoy’s Playlist: The Concert” will be held on Aug. 11 starting at 8 p.m. at the Hyundai Hall, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, on Katipunan, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Gates open at 7 p.m.

Entrance is free and ticket holders are welcome to donate any amount inspired by PNoy’s presidential call sign “7-5.”


Songs from PNoy’s curated playlist will be performed by the APO Hiking Society, Noel Cabangon, Ogie Alcasid, Leah Navarro, Mitch Valdes, Pinky Marquez, Lara Maigue, and Mike Shimamoto, as well as by theater artists Jay Barrameda, Cara Barredo, Ricci Chan, Gerard Dy, Naths Everett, Carlon Josol, Ivan Panganiban, Kyla Rivera, and Ronah Rostata. 

Bond Samson is the musical director and Leo Rialp is the show’s overall director. 

The concert is part of the NCAF’s activities in August to celebrate the legacies of  PNoy and his parents, former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and former president  Corazon “Cory” Aquino. On Aug. 1, Cory Aquino was remembered on her 14th death anniversary with a Mass attended by her family, relatives, friends and supporters. On Aug. 21, a Mass will be held for Ninoy Aquino, who challenged the Marcos dictatorship and was assassinated on his return to Manila from the United States 40 years ago.

Related: Remember Ninoy Aquino


The Benigno Simeon Aquino III Scholarship Endowment currently has two scholars at Ateneo: Oona Ysabelle Barnes, a fourth-year biology major who wants to become a physician focusing on women’s health and underserved communities; and Rasheed Albel, a sophomore in applied mathematics majoring in data science who envisions contributing to elevating the quality of mathematics education in Mindanao and its integration in public service.

The scholarship fund was established on the strength of PNoy’s belief in the Filipino youth’s talents and abilities. With its growth, more students may avail themselves of the scholarship under his name.

PNoy audition sheet, in his own handwriting

A chair that PNoy used when he listened to his music in his home in Times Street, Quezon City, will be on display in Areté’s Ubuntu Space along with some of his CDs and reproductions of his song audition notes.

On PNoy’s birthday on Feb. 8 last year, his family donated the listening chair and his audio collection to Ateneo’s Rizal Library. His CD collection will eventually be accessible to students and faculty through the Rizal Library’s Multimedia Resources.

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