Ai Ai de Las Alas celebrates 30th Year with star studded charity concert for Kristong Hari Basillica Construction

by E. Lorete / /

Celebrating 30 years in Philippine showbusiness, comedian Ai Ai De Las Alas Alas is giving back to the Catholic Church, with “all the blessings” the actress has been getting for years. “Hardly a celebrity, a comedian like myself, could go a long way like my career. I am blessed with that option, and I want to return this through a charitably concert for the benefit of the construction St. Peter Basilica,” said Ai De Las Alas. Dubbed Ai Heart ICBN Project, the charitable concert seeks to raise funding to construct the Kristing Hari Basilica for residents of North Fairview, Quezon City. “It is a gift from my heart to the Catholic Church. The Kristong Hari Basilica, which will house a colombarium, will offer a place of worship for Catholics in that part of Quezon City. It will serve the religious services and practices of the community.” The comedian, who is spearheading the benefit concert slated at the Araneta Coliseum this coming June 24, has been helping the Diocese of Novaliches, which oversees the construction of the Basillica, for months now since agreeing to organize the benefit fund raising project. “I have invited, because I want this project to succeed, so many friends from the entertainment industry to share their talent for this particular project to get right public funding – so it can finish the Basillica’s construction,” assured De Las Alas. Nearly 50 percent constructed, Kristong Hari Badilica, with money expected from the Araneta Coliseum benefit concert, will be completed within a period of two years. “I saw to it celebrities, my closest showbiz friends, will attend event so it could raise the needed funding.” Ai ai, on top of promoting her new comedy movie “Fillenials”, where she shares tandem with comedian Bayani Agbayani, personally took time inviting celebrities to join fund raiser. “I had to make strides, talking directly to celebrities – their handlers- to ensure concert will be star studded. They all said “yes” naman to my invitation,” said De Las Alas. Leading concert guest list is Kapuso star Alden Richards, Eat Bulaga cast Wally Bayola, Eric Santos and other major stars. “All proceeds from concert will go to the project. It is meant to serve church, constructing this major Basilica for the Catholic faithful,” assured Ai ai. In her 30 years as a comedian, Ai ai realized success she is getting does not handed to many artists her age. “I am blessed to be active in showbiz after all these years. While many celebrities do not survive this long, I have endured. I believe it is a blessing from the almighty, and I should give it back to others too.”       

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