[NEWS] OPM ARTISTS RECORD “THE PRAYER” FOR YOLANDA VICTIMS

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[SOURCE: Universal Records Philippines] On October 15, 2013, an earthquake with the energy equivalent to “32 Hiroshima bombs” devastated the Visayas, and parts of Mindanao and southern Luzon.

Two days later, the Loboc Children’s Choir sang, “The Prayer,” with the rubble of the hundred year old Loboc Church as their backdrop.

Their performance moved so many people here and abroad. Then, tragedy struck again.

On November 8, Typhoon Yolanda, the most powerful tropical cyclone of the year hit East Samar, Samar and Leyte.

Thousands died. Millions were left hungry, desperate and homeless.

Relief efforts from the Philippines and the rest of the world are currently helping the victims survive and find temporary homes.

But the bigger challenge is how to help all these people get back to their normal lives.

This is where we took inspiration from the Loboc Children’s Choir’s performance.

These children maybe from Bohol, but their innocent voices represent not just their home province but also earthquake-damaged Cebu, war-stricken Zamboanga, and typhoon-devastated Leyte, Samar and Iloilo — all of whom are praying for a miracle to allow them to rebuild their lives.

And so we asking the help of various Filipino artists, to lend their voices, to represent our country and show the world that the Philippines has one voice, one prayer — that we work together to help our countrymen rebuild their lives brick by brick.

The resulting song will be used to raise funds through downloads. The proceeds will go to the helpPH campaign, a project by the Philippine Disaster Relief Fund (PDRF). It is a non-profit organization made up of major companies from the private sector and leading NGOs. PDRF, organized in October 2009 after Typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng, and Frank to tap resources for reconstruction efforts during emergencies brought about by calamities, is one of the three identified institutional conduits approved by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to facilitate cooperation and coordination between the Philippine government and the private sector in formulating and implementing reconstruction strategies.

It’s goal for Cebu, Bohol, Zamboanga and now the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda is long-term solutions and programs that will bring businesses and jobs back to these areas. They are also planning to look into better designs for houses more suited for a country that gets hit by typhoons and earthquakes. And they are focusing on rebuilding the communities which includes: immediate help, provide housing, education by rebuilding school houses, providing economic incentives and livelihood opportunities.

As a way of giving thanks to all the countries that helped us, we offer to them “The “Prayer”. Check out the newly released music video below:

To download “The Prayer” visit www.spinnr.ph.

Participating Artists:

• GARY VALENCIANO
• MARTIN NIEVERA
• KUH LEDESMA
• OGIE ALCASID
• REGINE VELASQUEZ-ALCASID
• ZSA ZSA PADILLA
• LANI MISALUCHA
• NOEL CABANGON
• CHRISTIAN BAUTISTA
• BILLY CRAWFORD
• ANNE CURTIS
• RACHELLE ANN GO
• ERIK SANTOS
• RICHARD POON
• YENG CONSTANTINO
• ANGELINE QUINTO
• KARYLLE
• JAYR
• NIKKI GIL
• KRIS LAWRENCE
• IYA VILLANIA
• NYOY VOLANTE
• SABRINA
• SHIRLEY VY (TACLOBAN SURVIVOR)
AND THE LOBOC CHILDREN’S CHOIR OF BOHOL

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K-Pop Artists Sings P-Pop

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For some years now, the K-drama & K-pop trend have been making waves in the country. Every night, there’s a K-drama battle between network giants while K-pop songs continue to rise on top of MYX charts. A lot of Filipinos, especially the teens have been falling head over heels with anything Korean ~~ but do you know that some of these K-Pop idols have also shown their love for our music by learning and singing Filipino songs! Check out some of the best OPM covers made by top S.Korean stars:

Someday by Jessica from Girls Generation Feat Krystal of f(x)

(Original Song by Nina. Composed by Nyoy Volante)

Video credit: MBCkpop

Hawak Kamay by EXO

(Original Song by Yeng Constatino)

Video credit: shanhae815

Kailan by Park Shin Hye

(Original Song by Smokey Mountain)

Video credit: Tania Arpa

Music knows no boundaries. As much as we love Kpop songs (that we don’t understand), we hope more people will also discover Pinoy music! Do you know other OPM songs being performed by K-pop artists or other Foreign singers/musicians? Post it on the comment below.