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ABS-CBN pays tribute to Filipino soldiers

ABS-CBN celebrated the bravery and heroism of Filipino soldiers last August 3 with a variety show called “Saludo sa Sundalong Pilipino” at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center Auditorium.

The Kapamilya network, with the help of the AFP, granted the request of the soldiers to see and meet the stars of top primetime series “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” as they recover from fighting for the country in Marawi and other areas in conflict.

Yassi Pressman

Yassi Pressman

“The Voice” Season 2 finalist Daryl Ong opened the jam-packed show, attended by over 150 soldiers, followed by group performances by the TV program’s “CIDG” boys John Medina, Lester Llansang, Michael Roy Jornales, BenjManalo, and Marc Solis; child stars Awra, Ligaya, and Pacquito; and loveteams Ejay Falcon and Yam Concepcion and Ron Morales and Louise Delos Reyes.

Comedian Jeffrey Tam also brought laughter to the audience when he taught a soldier a magic trick, while Jhong Hilario got the ladies in the audience screaming with his special dance number.

Yassi Pressman and Coco Martin also got to serenade the troops, while Susan Roces, Jaime Fabregas, Mitch Valdes, Angel Aquino, Sid Lucero, and Mark Lapid also gave their messages of gratitude to the nation’s heroes.

The event, which was also graced by ABS-CBN executives Carlo Katigbak, Cory Vidanes, Laurenti Dyogi, Deo Endrinal, Jun Dungo, and Kane Errol Choa, was the idea of ABS-CBN news reporter Chiara Zambrano, who was assigned to cover the war in Marawi and saw firsthand the sacrifices of our military.

Apart from bringing the cast of the number one show in the country, ABS-CBN also donated a TV set and ABS-CBN TVplus unit to the hospital so patients can continue to enjoy the shows they love while they get better.

The show’s star, Primetime King Coco Martin, also thanked the network for the chance to serve the country’s heroes.