Top Filipino artists sing as one in video against anti-Asian bigotry
Filipino celebrities including Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas and Tony winner Lea Salonga joined together to sing a rendition of You Got to be Carefully Taught from the Broadway musical South Pacific, with lyrics that speak out against the bigotry felt by Asians are experiencing around the world due to the pandemic.
Asia Society’s anti-Asian hate campaign using the song “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific inspired spurred Asia Society’s Philippine Center to produce a rendition of the song with renowned Filipino artists singing as one to “Stop All Hate. Share Love.”
With the help of Tony award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, Asia Society Hong Kong, secured permission to tweak the lyrics and made a version with HK based artists.
The Filipino artists are world class performers, Apl.de.Ap, Cris Villonco, Daniel Padilla, Gary Valenciano, Jaya, Jed Madela, Lea Salonga, Martin Nievera, Moira Dela Torre, Sam Concepcion. Mon Faustino provided musical and vocal arrangement, with Miguel Miñana as Concept and Production Head, and Gina Tabuena Godinez as Associate Producer.
Broadcasters and hosts Korina Sanchez and Karen Davila preface the music video with messages to the Filipino and Asian American communities.
“We are so grateful to this dream team for so generously giving their time and talent to support the campaign,” said Doris Magsaysay Ho, chairperson of Asia Society Philippines.
The video can be viewed on Asia Society Philippines’ Youtube and Facebook pages and will also be distributed across the Asia Society global network with subtitles in Hindi, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.
The production team included Vocal Supervisor, Lindie Achacoso; Sound Editor, Paolo Ordoño; Video Editor, Nickle John Lim; Music Production Consultant, Angeli Valenciano; with Project Management and Execution by ThemeWorks Events.
The Asia Society Philippines Center has also partnered with CANVAS, Art Fair Philippines 2021, Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation and Manila House to promote #StopAsianHate around the artwork donated by celebrated visual artist Elmer Borlongan.
(Join Asia Society Philippines, Elmer Borlongan, Canvas, Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, Manila House, and Art Fair Philippines in taking a stand against racism and discrimination. And win a signed limited edition rubber cut print from Elmer Borlongan.)