News — November 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Joey Ayala Sings ‘Lupang Hinirang’ Philippine National Anthem For Haiyan

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Philippines: Veteran OPM singer-songwriter Joey Ayala graced audiences in Dumaugete City last night singing his version of the national anthem for the Waray Biyaay Buhat Leyte (Nobody is left behind, rise Leyte) together with local bands and groups to raise donations and goods for the Typhoon Haiyan victims.

The local bands and groups who also performed were Bassunni, Kahayag Dance Company, Asian College Theater Arts, YATTA, Last Train, Ground Zero, Vintage Frets, Dyan Po, Jah Hula, HNO2, Chuckoy Vicuna Combo, Jazz Barkada, and Standout.

Organized by Bell Tower Project and Gawad Kalinga, the event was set to unite all Dumaguetenos and reach out to the people in Leyte through music, poetry, dancing, rap, and other performances which asked people to donate any material and food as the entrance fee.

Joey also did a short talk explaining why he made his version of the Philippine national anthem before he sung the piece in front of the Dumagueteneos. It was a repeat of  his performance in October at the TEDxDilliman 2013 held in the University of the Philippines Dilliman, which is the video that has recently gone viral.

He pointed out some mispronunciations in the lyrics, proposed a more positive alternative to the song’s final line, and changes it into a Filipino love song or kundiman rather than being played as a march.

The video below shows Joey singing the Lupang Hinirang with his guitar as accompaniment after his short speech during the TEDxDilliman 2013.

Being the former chairman of the music committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Ayala shared that he is interested in “how songs can help people experience themselves in a different way, or catch themselves in habits that are no longer productive.”

Benefit Concerts for Haiyan

Since November 11, many benefit concerts are happening throughout the Philippines by local, national, and international artists as an act of raising awareness of the devastation made by Typhoon Haiyan as well as gathering donations both monetary and material to give for the survivors.

Usually the entrance fees of these concerts can just be paid or by providing donations of different goods, food, medicine, clothing, etc. The gathered donations are then given to different relief organizations like the Red Cross, Word Vision, and Gawad Kalinga.

Rappler also compiled shows and gigs about artists and entertainers fund raising initiatives for the past days after Haiyan.

Furthermore, many Filipinos and foreign artists abroad are organizing these concerts to build awareness and give music fans an opportunity to help.