Rico Blanco donates Sundown Festival talent fee to Yolanda survivors

    Manila, Philippines - Filipino rock music icon and former Rivermaya frontman Rico Blanco donated his full talent fee from the successful Sundown Festival in Singapore last November 16 to the survivors of killer typhoon Yolanda in the devastated province of Leyte.

    Rico Blanco Sundown Festival 2013

    Clad in ati-atihan-inspired armor and face paint, the matinee idol dedicated his performance to the Philippines and sang an intro line from “Bangon,” the song he’d written when super typhoons hit the country in 2009.

    Blanco, whose mother was in Leyte when the typhoon struck last November 8, rushed back to the province after the event to check on his relatives.

    Indonesian band NIDJI also dedicated their performance to the Philippines.

    Indonesian band NIDJI dedicated their performance to the Philippines

    The hottest acts that rock the stage at Sundown Festival 2013 includes Rico Blanco, Nidji, D'OUT and Screw (from Japan). Filipino alternative band RockSteddy kicked off the festival with its signature upbeat ditties, while female-fronted Thai outfit No More Tear and Indonesian band Nidji took the crowd further down the pop-rock route with powerful, guitar-driven tracks.
    Rocksteddy, front act of Sundown Festival 2013
    Rocksteddy, front act of Sundown Festival 2013
    Despite the early threat of rain, about 8,000 music fans flocked to the Marina Promenade’s F1 Pit Area to catch top artists from all over Southeast Asia.

    For its fifth installment, the music festival saw the addition of established headliners from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines to its uniquely regional lineup, which consists of crowd favorites and up-and-coming acts from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan.

    Concertgoers also got a taste of Asian cuisine and culture as they sampled hawker-style street food from all eight countries while watching fringe performances by Indonesian “barong” dancers, Tinikling B-boys from the Philippines, and muay thai fighters from Thailand.

    Sundown Festival, an annual event continues to play the role as the purveyor of all things Asian, turning the world’s spotlight to this part of the world and in its course hopes to unite culturally diversified Asia through music. The ultimate goal is to culminate all efforts to give rise to Sundown Festival World Tour of all 11 Asian countries, beginning at home, in Singapore.

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