Country’s opera prince performs 50th ASEAN theme

MUSIC remains to be a relevant medium in conveying a message of unity and this is emphasized during the launch of the Philippines Chairmanship in ASEAN.

During the event in SMX Convention Center at SM Lanang Premier, the 50th ASEAN anniversary theme song called “ASEAN Spirit” made its debut.

The song was performed by the country’s opera prince Jonathan Badon.


JONATHAN Badon, the country’s opera prince, performs the 50th ASEAN anniversary theme song “ASEAN Spirit.” (photo taken from Badon’s facebook)

“I am honored and grateful to be chosen to do this for ASEAN and the Philippines,” Badon said. “Music is a universal language binds us together.”

Badon said he only had less than a week to prepare for the performance but is nonetheless excited.

Badon was chosen as the performer after a Department of Tourism recommendation.

His performance, which he describes as a combination of mixed pop and classical methods, harmoniously meld with the artistry of Davao’s premier choir group The Himig Singers.

Himig, a group of 15 singers, is adept at performing a range of music genres, from classical to pop.

The group has had limited rehearsal times but still delivered a compelling performance.

Bong Aviola, Himig Singers conductor, said the same about music being universal, and the message can be appreciated across ASEAN.

Aviola said that through the song, which features regional instruments, ASEAN nations will be inspired to soar to greater heights.

ASEAN Spirit is written by National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario (who is now chair of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts) and composed by UP Diliman College of Music professor Josefino Chino Toledo.

The message of the song is about unity across boundaries. It inspires the ASEAN countries to fly high above boundaries and frailties.

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