Band contributes aid to singer Arnel Pineda’s native Philippines
Journey is lending a hand to aid victims of the devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines last week. The band announced on Friday that it is donating $ 350,000 to help relief efforts there, the Associated Press reports.
“Don’t stop believing,” Journey singer Arnel Pineda, who hails from Manila, implored the people of his homeland. “Help is on the way.” The donation will go to the United Nations World Food Programme, and should provide 1.4 million meals. The band was joined in its donation by Live Nation Entertainment, Creative Artists Agency and their manager, John Baruck. They are also calling on fans to bring in further funds for relief.
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Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines on November 8th, wiping out entire cities and killing more than 3,600 people. Nearly 2 million people have been displaced by the storm, with about 400,000 currently sheltering in evacuation centers, according to CNN.
Pineda, who has been touring with Journey for the past six years, was singing in local cover bands in the Philippines when guitarist Neal Schon saw his YouTube video and recruited him to replace Steve Perry, who left the band in 1998. “Journey are very big in the Philippines,” Pineda told Rolling Stone in a 2012 interview. His unlikely initiation into the band was the subject of the recent documentary, Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.