Lea Salonga to perform at benefit gala in San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO—Tony Award winner Lea Salonga will perform live at the Philippine Development Foundation’s (PhilDev) annual fundraising gala at San Francisco’s Nourse Auditorium at City Arts on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m.

“We are thrilled that Lea Salonga will be performing at our annual benefit gala in this rare visit to San Francisco,” said PhilDev Chair Dado Banatao. “It means so much to us to have a legend like Lea supporting our cause, and showing the world the potential of Filipinos everywhere. This will truly be a night to remember.”

PhilDev is a US-based non-profit organization that develops education, research and programs that support initiatives to accelerate sustainable social and economic growth in the Philippines through science, high technology and innovation.

Lea Salonga’s performance at the benefit concert event will kick off Filipino American History month, celebrated annually throughout October. Salonga is a beloved Filipina actress and singer, best known for her role as Kim in the acclaimed musical “Miss Saigon,” for which she garnered the Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World awards.

She played the roles of Eponine and Fantine (Broadway and London) in the global musical phenomenon “Les Miserables,” earning rave reviews from audiences and critics worldwide. She is the singing voice of Jasmine in Disney’s “Aladdin,” the singing voice of the title role in “Mulan,” and was honored as a “Disney Legend” in 2011.

Salonga’s program for the PhilDev benefit concert will include an array of musical genres: Broadway favorites, a tribute to her idols Ella Fitzgerald and Barbra Streisand, American contemporary pop, and classic Filipino hits.

Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 415-392-4400. Ticket prices start at $110, with a limited number of discounted tickets ($55) available for students with valid IDs. Limited VIP tickets are also available, which include a pre-concert reception and after party.


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