Expressing solidarity with COVID-19 front liners, University of Santo Tomas Singers (USTS) alumni from around the globe who are almost a hundred in number, performed on a virtual stage singing composer Dodjie Simon’s “Isang Dugo, Isang Lahi, Isang Musika” (One bloodline, one race, one music) in a music video uploaded on April 23, 2020.
“The alumni members of the UST Singers from all over the globe gathered virtually together to give life to our valiant song of hope and unity and spread inspiration. We come together as one family praying for everyone’s health and safety,” said Prof. Fidel G. Calalang, Jr., founder and conductor of the two-time Choir of the World Champion and 2019 Choir of the World Champion of Champions.
The nature of the work of frontliners is not unknown to some 30 of these alumni who are currently serving as medical front liners in the various parts of the world. There are medical doctors, medical technicians, nurses and pharmacists among the UST Singers alumni.
With Dr. Joel Navarro providing the choral arrangement, the voices were individually recorded using smartphones and tablets. Each track was blended together with the help of today’s modern-day sound technology.
In addition to thanking the frontliners, the video also expressed the choir’s gratitude to the “communities that continue to serve in the midst of risk and danger.”
“We urge all of us Filipinos to give hope and opportunity for our people to rise again,” said Calalang speaking on behalf of the UST Singers alumni.
The video can be found through this link: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialUSTS/videos/1575662289266647/