NEW YORK—Amidst a packed array of commitments, P-Pop sensations SB19 have illuminated a steadfast dedication to community and culture through their rendezvous with no less than the forthcoming President of The Hiraya Foundation for Filipino-American Heritage Preservation, Inc., Dr. Dely Po Go.
The possible alliance holds the promise of ushering in a laudable undertaking—a benefit concert crafted with the intent to bolster the Hiraya Foundation’s visionary endeavor: the realization of a Filipino American Heritage Center, a goal envisioned by former Philippine Consul General of New York, Elmer G. Cato.
Originating from the Philippines and sweeping across the global music panorama, SB19 is more than just a sensation within the realm of P-Pop. The Filipino boy band composed of Pablo, Stell, Josh, Ken, and Justin represents a beacon of hope and aspiration for music fans of every persuasion as they continue to captivate audiences everywhere they go.
What distinguishes SB19 is their conscious effort to remain firmly rooted in their Filipino heritage. Even with all the acclaim, the boys remain intimately tied to their origins, striking a resonant chord while embodying the essence of Filipino pride and latent potential.
At the very core of this envisaged partnership stands Dr. Dely Po Go—who embodies compassion, leadership, and selflessness in the Filipino-American community. Her own journey serves as a living testament to her firm commitment to the members of her community.
Stepping into the impending role of President for the HIRAYA Foundation, Dr. Go is dedicated to safeguarding Filipino heritage and raising her community’s stature, as evidenced by her relentless advocacy for gender parity and embracing diversity. Particularly noteworthy is her recognition by the Wall Street Journal as one of the Nine Top Most Distinguished Professionals globally, a prestigious accolade bestowed by Marquis Who’s Who International that underscores her far-reaching impact.
The Hiraya Foundation for Filipino-American Heritage Preservation, Inc. is a dedicated non-profit, passionately committed to upholding cultural heritage, tradition, history, language, and craft within communities. By spearheading efforts to promote and preserve Filipino heritage in both the United States and the Philippines, the foundation aspires to unite kababayans across the oceans, inspiring active participation in the safeguarding of their shared history, language, and culture.
The ambitious aspiration of the Hiraya Foundation as nurtured by former Philippine Consul General Elmer G. Cato, holds profound significance. The Filipino American Heritage Center stands as a testament to cultural preservation, with the intent to celebrate the intricate tapestry of the Filipino diaspora in the United States.
The center aspires to serve as a nucleus of cultural exchange, knowledge dissemination, and community participation—a haven where successive generations can revel in their heritage, forge connections with their origins, and nurture a sense of unity. It echoes the indomitable spirit of the Filipino people, transcending geographical boundaries and generations.
Dr. Dely Po Go’s potential collaboration with SB19 goes beyond the realms of music—it signifies the emergence of a visionary partnership that seeks to not only revolutionize the P-Pop scene but also foster a novel movement: the inception of a new P-Pop Culture, one intertwined with philanthropy and empowerment—a “Philanthropic Pop Culture.”
In envisioning a future where music is a catalyst for change and where every note sung by SB19 carries a message of unity and empowerment, Dr. Go believes that her imminent partnership with SB19 resonates profoundly with their shared commitment to inspiring and uniting individuals.
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