Ondoy, Pepeng tribute songs on YouTube

Posted at 10/15/09 7:55 PM

MANILA - A wave of original songs and compositions in honor of victims of storms 'Ondoy' and 'Pepeng' have cropped up on video sharing website YouTube in recent weeks.

All of the songs offer hope to those who were severely affected in the storms, and promote the spirit of helping those in need.

One of the more popular tracks that have gained a following is from Filipino rock musician Rico Blanco, formerly of the band Rivermaya.

His song called "Bangon", an anthemic rock track, is in tribute to the "countless Filipinos [who] have heroically gone out of their way to help" typhoon victims who lost their homes or loved ones in the floods brought on by the recent storms.

The song's Youtube video, which contains pictures of both tragedy and heroism, has gotten about 12,000 hits as of posting.

Blanco publicly announced on his Facebook page that he will be offering the song for free to anyone who wants to download it.

"This is my humble contribution as a singer and musician. I hope, in my own little way, I can help raise additional funds for our countrymen affected by the typhoons, and perhaps give a little boost to their morale to help them get back on their feet again," he said.

As the song's chorus goes: "Bangon, Pilipinas kong mahal. Akay ang pananampalataya sa maykapal. Ahon, buhay sa 'yong dugo ang tibay na tatak ng tunay na Pilipino."

It's not only famous musicians who are getting in on the trend.

Even Montessori teachers like "George" (username tomasdpag731) from Cagayan has come up with what he calls an "Ondoy-, Pepeng-inspired" song called "Filipino - A Tribute to the Filipino Soul."

George, who said on his profile that he has migrated to the US, completed and uploaded the song on YouTube about 5 days ago.

In it, George is heard singing to the tune of an electric guitar and keyboard music. The video has a hopeful tone, with the lyrics like: "Sa lahat nitong paghihirap, bukas titila rin ang ulap."

The video has gotten 41 views as of posting.

ABS-CBN News reporter Marc Logan, known for his comic reportage, even penned a song for typhoon victims called "Biro ng Tadhana."

The song also seeks to highlight the idea that in every tragedy, there is always hope if people help each other. Report by Jing Castaneda, ABS-CBN News.