Pepe Smith’s family launches fundraiser for memorial service of rock pioneer
The family of the late rock legend Joey “Pepe” Smith has launched a fundraiser for his memorial and funeral services. Daughter Sanya Smith took to social media recently to ask for help from supporters and friends of the rockstar, saying any donation, big or small, will be appreciated.
“The love and support coming from you guys from all over the world is amazing. Papa is loved by so many,” Sanya wrote on Jan. 29. “He gave us the music, now we ask for your help in return for his memorial service.”
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The love and support coming from you guys from all over the world is amazing. Papa is loved by so many 💖 He gave us the music, now we ask for your help in return for his memorial service. Any donation big or small will be much appreciated. Rakenrol Papabear. We love you 🤘🏼 (Link in bio 💕) Direct donations can be made to Sanya Astra Smith Unionbank SA 103060003545 ⚡⚡⚡(📸 @rrphotographe)
As per the online fundraiser on GoGetFunding, the family is in need of P300,000 for Smith’s memorial and funeral services, as well as for the burial-site fees.
“Pepe Smith was a wealthy man but that had nothing to do with money,” the page read, with words written by Erwin Romulo. “Like many can attest he was generous, perhaps to a fault. He always gave everything he had. He now needs our generosity.”
As of this writing, the fundraiser is almost halfway to its goal, with P142,308 raised from 67 backers, thus far.
Smith is known as one of the pioneering fathers of Pinoy rock. His 1974 album “Himig Natin” with his Juan dela Cruz bandmates changed the genre forever and paved the way for the many rock artists that followed.
Smith was 71 years old when he passed away in the early morning of Jan. 28. His wake is currently being held at Loyola Memorial Park in Sucat, Parañaque City. /ra
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