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OPM artists’ prayer for Yolanda victims

ON Oct. 15, 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 a backdrop.

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

On Nov. 8, Typhoon Yolanda, the most powerful tropical cyclone of the year the provinces of Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Negros, and Palawan

Loboc Children’s Choir at what remains of Loboc
church after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake singing
“The Prayer” in a video

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.

The Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mangaawit (OPM) took the inspiration from the Loboc Children’s Choir’s performance.

While the children are from Bohol, their angelic voices represent not just their home province but also earthquake-damaged Cebu, war-stricken Zamboanga, and typhoon-devastated Leyte, Samar and lloilo—where the people are praying for a miracle to allow them to rebuild their lives.

The Filipino musical artists lent their voices in representing the Philippines, hence showing the world that the country has one voice, one prayer and that the people are working together to rebuild the lives of the people greatly devastated by the succession of calamities that struck the country.

Rachelle Ann Go

The 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. It 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.

Its 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 is disaster prone. And they are focusing on rebuilding the communities, which including immediate help, housing, education by rebuilding school houses, and providing economic incentives and livelihood opportunities.

OPM artists (inset, from left) Gary Valenciano,
Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Kuh Ledesma

As a way of giving thanks to all the countries that helped us, the OPM and the Loboc Children’s Choir, representing the Philippines, offer them “The “Prayer.”

Those who took part in the recording are Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Kuh Ledesma, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Lani Misalucha, Noel Cabangon, Christian Bautista, Billy Crawfod, 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) with The Loboc Children’s Choir of Bohol.

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

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