The University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors (UPSA) members and alumni from around the world came together to sing “The Prayer” to honor doctors and frontliners’ who have lost their lives to COVID-19.
The 96 members and alumni of the UP Singing Ambassadors shared their voices online to sing their version of “The Prayer” popularized by Andrea Boccelli and Celine Dion and written by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa and Tony Renis.
The UPSA song was put together in a video to honor the UP doctors and other frontliners for their courage and sacrifice as the country battles against the coronavirus disease pandemic.
“This song is our little offering to our frontliners who keep us afloat while we traverse these troubled waters.
“It is the hope of the 96 members and alumni of the UP Singing Ambassadors who shared their voices that this melody brings comfort to your hearts.” UP Singing Ambassadors posted on April 26, 2020.
The champion choral group’s singing video was arranged by Abner de Guzman and the group’s conductor, founder, advisor Dr. Ed Manguiat.
The video includes these onscreen messages:
“In these trying times, we would like to offer our music as a prayer for the weary. May their spirits be lifted and their burdens eased. May their hearts remain hopeful and their worries wiped out.
“We dedicate this song to all dearly departed doctors, especially from the University of the Philippines. We honor their courage and sacrifice in this battle against the pandemic.
“We also honor all the frontliners who risk their own safety to guarantee ours, the health and essential workers who keep our society up and running through these trouble times.”
Netizens shared their gratefulness for UPSA’s inspiring and tribute song.
“Thank you all for inspiring our frontliners with your beautiful song. God must be there to look after each and every front- liner every patient and all hospital staff. God Bless you all,” said Mario Garbanzos.
“Kodus UPSA! I have goose bumps listening to you all most especially seeing our departed doctors who wholeheartedly served and rendered their lives to fight against our invisible enemy. God bless us all including the frontiers,” Terri Yap Hernandez said.
“A very moving song tribute for all frontliners in this war with the COVID-19 pandemic! This was specially made for our modern day medical heroes such as Dr. Dennis Tudtud, Dr. Raul Jara and the other doctors and nurses who lost their lives to this deadly virus. You all are in our hearts. ❤️🌍 And we will continue to raise our swords and hold the line for everyone’s sake! ⚔️
“Thank you so much to the current roster and alumni of the UP Singing Ambassadors for this very beautiful rendition of The PRAYER! 🙏✨👌 Nearly 25 years ago, I used to be a tenor 2 for this world renowned choir, and now I’m just a very proud alumnus forever admiring from a distance the wonderful works of this outstandingly talented group. My profound gratitude to Kuya Ed Manguiat 🙏 for taking me in after I passed the initial auditions and for teaching me many of the vocal skills that i continue to employ today as a professional vocal entertainer. 🎙️👨🎤👏👏👏 WeHealAsOne,” Shiro Yoshida shared.
UP College of Medicine doctors also went online to sing the PGH Hymn to encourage health workers at the UP-run Philippine General Hospital, designated a COVID-19 referral center.
The UP Varsity Pep Squad also gathered together online with the Unibersidad ng Pilipinas cheer for PGH health workers who are in the frontlines of the country’s battle against the coronavirus disease pandemic.
WATCH UPSA sing here and SEND UP FIGHT CHEERS to the UPSA for paying tribute to UP doctors and other frontliners who have been lost to the coronavirus disease while encouraging others to keep fighting.
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