It was a first for Sto. Niño Home for the Aged to be turned over with a cash donation as large as Php 100,000 in February last year. The facility, which is headquartered in Marikina and caters to a modest number of senior citizens, was one of the eleven charitable groups that were granted with financial aid during the 3rd Wish 107.5 Music Awards staged a month earlier.
“We’re very touched because for almost nine years, it was our very first time to receive something like this,” Mayvel Montano, president of the said elderly care hub, shared in an interview.
“We’re really delighted…It gives a different kind of feeling. It is indeed a big help for us.”
The awards show hosted by Wish 107.5 is not only lauded for recognizing the music industry’s cream of the crop. For an FM radio station bearing a name that rings a hopeful note, charity is a constancy that plays a huge part in its every endeavor.
During WMAs, Wish hands out Php 100,000 to the chosen beneficiaries of every major award winner. This comes on top of the Php 25,000 cash prize that the artists themselves receive. Since the awards show was first held in 2016, it has already doled out a total of Php 4.875 million to different OPM acts and their hand-picked philanthropic organizations.
Among the beneficiaries are World Vision, a humanitarian group that sustains a wide array of poverty-alleviating campaigns; Teach for the Philippines, an organization that trains young and promising Filipino teachers; Save the Children, a charitable outfit that provides protection and support to children by giving them access to quality education and health services; and Cancervants PH, an institution that mounts fund-raising projects to help subsidize the medical expenses of cancer patients in the country.
In a Twitter post by Save the Children last January, the association expressed gratitude to Wish 107.5 “for showing that music and advocacy are always a wonderful mix.”
During the Wish Music Awards, Wish grants cash donation worth Php 100,000 to the chosen beneficiary of the winning artists.
On January 15 next year, the WMA will return on its fourth year with the theme “Breaking Boundaries.” Though the occasion will chronicle Wish’s commitment to break the conventional and launch endeavors and unifying platforms that showcase music as it is, the audience can also expect to witness the station’s unwavering heart to reach out to the less fortunate.
And while it’s still unknown who among the nominees will take home a Wish award, one thing is for certain — charity will be the night’s biggest winner.