At Sundown with a heavy heart

At Sundown with a heavy heart

Singapore holds good memories for Filipino rock icon Rico Blanco, who celebrated his birthday while performing here in 2010, when he turned 37.

This time, however, the former frontman of popular Filipino rock band Rivermaya is here with a heavy heart, after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the central Philippines last Friday and killed thousands.

The 40-year-old will perform today at the annual music festival Sundown Festival at Marina Promenade, next to the Singapore Flyer.

At a press conference for the event at Marina Mandarin hotel on Friday afternoon, Blanco, 40, said he was pledging to donate money from the festival to relief efforts back home.

Despite his sombre mood, he promised that fans can look forward to songs with "a festive vibe infused with Western music".

He added: "So much help is needed, I know I can hardly make a dent. But a lot of people have been touched by what has happened in the Philippines and there is this sense of oneness. In the same way, there can be a celebration of oneness here at this festival."

Blanco is one of 10 regional acts to perform at the fifth edition of the Sundown Festival, which is organised by home-grown venue and event planning company Red Spade Entertainment.

The other nine acts hail from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

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