University of the East students sing “Lalaban Tayo” to encourage Covid-19 frontliners

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University of the East Lalaban Tayo
UE students in “Lalaban Tayo” music video. Photo from UE Jam Sessions.

University of the East (UE) students dedicated an original composition song, “Lalaban Tayo”, to encourage the nation’s frontliners of the battle against COVID 19.

The inspirational piece sings about the struggles of our present condition and the hope for a better future, especially for our modern-day heroes. The simple idea of helping others has turned into an exceptional pop-rock song that is said to be “Covid-19 song of the year”.

UE Jam Sessions, the music organization of the school, released the music video on June 21, 2020, on Facebook and Youtube. The video has reached 20,000 views from the 1st day of its release and the numbers are still rising.

The students showcased their talents as they produced a quality anthem in a span of three months despite the physical limitations of recording, countless zoom meetings, and technical difficulties.

“As we move forward in these trying times, we up t our hopes in one another. Reshaping our lives this quarantine can never be easy for all of us, but still, let us not forget those people who risk their own lives on the front line and go beyond their call of duty,” UE Jam Sessions said in FB post.

The people behind the “Lalaban Tayo” production include a songwriter, 3 music professionals, a six-piece college band, and 34 voices who came from different UE campuses.

Tommy Tanchanco, the executive producer of the project, came up with the idea and realized the difficulties it faced.

“We’re talking about connecting regularly with 34 artists. Kung magta-timing ang mga boses nila. Kung magkakatono–tono. Ang arrangement, di pwede i-rush ng gaynun lang. Pati editing, kakayanin kaya ganun kadaming voices?” Tanchanco said.

But the submitted raw acoustic treatment of the song lifted their confidence and the group was able to transform it into a well-arranged piece that inspires many amid the coronavirus pandemic.

We all honor the passion and bravery of our frontliners in different ways.

University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors (UPSA) members and alumni from around the world also came together during the lockdown to sing “The Prayer” to honor doctors and frontliners’ who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

The special non-working holiday on June 24, 2020, marking Manila’s 449th Founding Anniversary, featured events that honor those who are leading the fight against the coronavirus disease.

The UP Fighting Maroons had also assisted communities affected by the lockdown to stop the spread of COVID 19.

WATCH the video here and SEND CHEERS in the comments below to UE students who dedicated their song “Lalaban Tayo” to our modern-day heroes at the frontlines of the battle against COVID 19.

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