Aia de Leon, Kitchie Nadal, Barbie Almalbis (©Karen de la Fuente)
Aia de Leon, Kitchie Nadal, Barbie Almalbis (©Karen de la Fuente)

Aia de Leon, Barbie Almalbis and Kitchie Nadal are teaming up with GNN, formerly known as Gabi Na Naman Productions, and Smirnoff Mule for a special digital concert to raise funds for the employees and workers of live music venues in Metro Manila. Happening at 8:00 p.m. on May 1, 2020, the Facebook show will serve as the third installment of their critically acclaimed, sold-out concert “Secrets” and will be streamed live on the trio’s official Facebook page.

The initiative is part of the alternative rock icons’ ongoing efforts to help the music community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and a primer to GNN’s fifth anniversary celebration. GNN’s Milley Habito was one of the executive producers of “Secrets III: An Online Concert” featuring de Leon, Almalbis and Nadal.

“Deprived of operating to serve people with live entertainment, music venues have temporarily shut down, and are struggling to manage their overhead expenses,” Habito said. “Thanks to the girls. We’ll be given a chance to cover some of the funds needed to support employees and workers of independent music venues and bars.”

“We cannot imagine a vibrant, bustling music scene without these people who have dedicated their lives in helping run the gigs,” Habito continued. “The waiters, cooks, kitchen helpers, cashiers, parking attendants, food servers, tech guys, security personnel and other employees deserve our help, too.”

Some of the confirmed beneficiaries include independent music venues such as Route 196, Mow’s, Saguijo Café & Bar, Jess and Pat’s, ‘70s Bistro, 123 Block, Social House and more to be announced. The star-studded fundraiser and concert will also feature never-before-heard collaborations among the three award-winning singer-songwriters, as well as individual performances featuring their Greatest Hits and rarities.