Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr hosts concert for soldiers, families

2023 April 23

NIGHT OF MUSIC. Performers at the first “Konsyerto sa Palasyo: Awit ng Magiting” (Concert at the Palace: Songs of the Brave) serenade the crowd, led by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos, at Malacañang grounds in Manila on Saturday night (April 22, 2023). It was a tribute to and a gift for the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and their families. 

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Saturday night hosted a concert for the personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and their families at the Malacañang grounds in Manila.

“Konsyerto sa Palasyo: Awit ng Magiting” acknowledged the sacrifices of the AFP to maintain the nation’s sovereignty, peace and security.

The concert featured the Samiweng Singers from Ilocos Norte province; musical director Jeddi Cris Celeste from Iloilo City; and harpists Benedicto Costaños Sr. and Benedicto Costaños Jr. from Cebu.

The AFP personnel were also treated to performances by Poppert Bernadas from Davao; Princess Vire from Quezon City; Limuel Llanes from Quezon province; rappers Marco Paolo Revidiso from Parañaque City and A.K. Fella, Glnn, and MC Julyo from Cavite; and spoken word artist Kenli Marc Sibayan from Ilocos Norte.

Accompanying the Chief Executive were First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos, Vice President Sara Duterte and former president and Deputy House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Among those present were Cabinet secretaries and Senators Cynthia Villar, Jinggoy Estrada and Francis Tolentino.