By PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
The Association of Former Seminarians of the St. Francis Xavier College Seminary in Davao City are hoping to raise P1 million through the “Daniel Padilla Live!” concert at the Holy Cross Gym this August 3.
“This is a fundraising concert that aims to raise funds to help rehabilitate the seminary,” former seminarian Dodong Ocon said.
He said there are many dilapidated buildings in the seminary that needs repair and improvement.
Greg Calamba, Association Cluster Head, said they also need funding for the scholarship program of the seminary because there are many seminarians who cannot afford to pay for the studies as well as their bed and board.
He said they need roofing for the dormitory and the refectory or dining area.
“There are around 150 seminarians studying at the college now,” he said.
Each seminarian needs at least P20,000 for bed and board. While he does not have the exact amount, he said that each seminarian needs more or less P500,000 to complete four years of college.
Calamba said they chose Daniel Padilla as their featured artist for the concert because marketing value is very important to raise funds for a good cause and Padilla’s popularity will surely help them raise the needed funds.
He said Padilla’s handler also agreed to lower his talent fee because the concert is after all for a good cause.
Tickets for the concert are priced at P500 for VIP, P300 for Lower Back and P150 for General Admission.
The repertoire will be a mixture of songs considering that they expect the sons and daughters of former seminarians and priests to perform during the concert.
The concert features the singing priests of the Archdiocese of Davao Father Al Botero, Father Jovil Bungay and Father Ed Labagala.