Capiznon joins multi-racial MTV for COVID-19 fundraiser


By Ralph John Mijares

ROXAS CITY—A Capiznon singer was featured in a multi-racial music video to raise funds for charities and activities linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Michael Avelino is the only Capiznon on the video for the project called “Harmonies of Hope.”

“It is a project inviting artists all over the world to spread the spirit of harmony, to provide comfort, and to promote fund-raising activities during the Enhanced Community Quarantine,” Avelino said.

“Few artists from World Championship of Performing Arts, artists from different countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Jamaica, Thailand, UAE, Ukraine, Germany and Philippines were invited to sing for the production,” he said.

The song “One Day” by Matisyahu was recorded. The performance was uploaded to the Harmonies of Hope Facebook page on April 30.

Per Harmonies of Hope Facebook page, the benefactors are the YesPinoy Foundation in the Philippines and MNC Peduli in Indonesia.

The public can donate to these foundations, with the details, as follows:

YesPinoy Foundation: BDO Dollar Account: Account Name: YESPINOY FOUNDATION INC: Account Number: 105-340-037-038; Swift Code: BNORPHMM. BDO Peso Savings Account: Account Name: YESPINOY FOUNDATION INC; Account Number: 0053-4005-0239. Paymaya: Payment Link:; Choose: YESPINOY FOUNDATION INC.

Donors are asked to send a copy of the deposit slip/bank transfer transaction to the Instagram and Facebook accounts @yespinoy.

MNC PEDULI: MNC Peduli: Account Holder: Yayasan Jalinan Kasih; Account Numbers: MNC Bank: 100.01.00000.98515, BRI: 0206.01.005001.30.8, Mandiri: 103.00099.0000.8, BCA: 681.5088.119 or click this link:

The donations for Indonesia are for providing medical protective equipment to the medical team in Indonesia who are handling COVID-19 cases, per the Harmonies of Hope page.

Avelino serves as the co-project head and co-talent scout, Loki Gevela.

Other members of the core group of the project are adviser: Dr. JP Penol; Secretary: Josh Terania; Talent scout: Nolo Lopez; and Instrumentalist Director and Main Arranger: Michael John Destua.

“Sa help sang mga upod ko natapos namon ang video. I want to give more credits guid sa ila tanan. Sa project namon na very passionate, sa one of a kind adviser namon, super talented director and arranger, amazing talent scouts and very helpful secretary. Without them di matapos ang project na ini,” Avelino said.

In 2018 Avelino was featured in the Capiz Times for winning medals in six categories at the World Championship of Performing Arts.

This is the same competition dominated by Ilonggo artist and reality  show judge Jed Madela in 2005.