Florante de Leon, popularly known simply as Florante, a Filipino singer-songwriter who became famous during the ’70s will give a benefit performance and share center stage with the members of the media in a musical event entitled Jammin’ with the Press on March 15, at the La Habra Art Gallery beginning at 6 pm. The show has a suggested donation of $20. Part of the proceeds of the event will go towards the educational needs of the children of slain journalists in the Philippines.
Florante recorded and performed primarily with an acoustic guitar. His songs paved the way for straightforward storytelling and simple melodies. The messages of his songs and the sentiments are as true and as relevant as they were when they first hit the airwaves.
His songs “Handog” (Offering) was a song written to thank the fans whom he attributes his success and the reason that prevented him from life on the streets. “I will grow old and be forgotten but I will leave a song in your memory because somehow, sometime we were together”.
“Ako’y Isang Pinoy” (I Am A Filipino), as strong as a national anthem to ignite patriotism and unite Filipinos around the world.
“Abakada” (A-B-C-D), set in a catchy tune, learning the Philippine alphabet by heart was as easy as listening to the radio.