The onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy in Metro Manila and Typhoon Pepeng in Northern Luzon brought about immense devastation to our country but these calamities also brought out the best in the Filipino people.
The media featured many stories of courageous acts by ordinary people putting themselves at risk to help family members and strangers alike. Relief operations were conducted almost immediately. The floods that have destroyed have also released amongst us an outpouring of love for our nation and our people.
It is this unique Filipino trait--the ability to rise above adversity--that inspired Ogie Alcasid to write the song, "Kaya Natin Ito." It carries a message of hope that seeks to uplift the spirit of typhoon victims by encouraging them through the unique power of music. And in a powerful expression of this love of our country and our countrymen, some of our country's greatest talents through the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) have come together to inspire and rouse the entire nation to rebuild. Over 80 Filipino singers from competing labels and network bound by a common desire to help those in need have united in one common goal to rise above all the challenges we face ahead of us.
The song will be released as a CD single next week by Universal Records for OPM Artists United headed by project chairman Ogie Alcasid with the cooperation of Sony Music, MCA-Universal, Warner, Star Records, Polyeast, Viva, and GMA Records.
The song will be launched simultaneously on ABS-CBN's ASAP and GMA-7's SOP this Sunday, November 22, at 2 p.m. Viewers will be able to see, for the first time, the music video featuring the 80 artists who participated in the recording as directed by Dante Nico Garcia.
The upbeat song composed by Ogie has lyrics that go: "Kaya natin ito / Sama-sama tayo / Ating kapwa'y tulungan / Huwag nating pabayaan / Di tayo susuko / Tayo ay Pilipino / At kahit na anong bagyo sa atin ay dumating / Basta't magkaisa tayo / Kaya natin ito!"
Regine Velasquez served as the vocal coach of the singers who became part of the recording.
BENEFIT CONCERT. Aside from launching this inspirational song, there will be a major concert dubbed as Pilipino: Kaya Natin Ito at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds on December 5, 2009. OPM artists and bands, even if they are from different recording labels, have been allowed to be part of this worthwhile cause.
All proceeds of the CD and concert sales shall pave the way for the rebuilding of the lives of families struck by Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng through the holistic community development work of Gawad Kalinga. Even technical and stage, lights and sounds suppliers as well as the artists performing have indicated their willingness to forego fees for this endeavor.
This show will be under the direction of Rowell Santiago, writer Noel Ferrer and musical director Marc Lopez.
The concert begins at 6 pm with local bands. The main show at 7 pm will showcase leading OPM artists. Among those confirmed (as of November 18) are: Agot Isidro, Amber Davis, Billy Crawford, Candy Pangilinan, Denise Laurel, Dingdong Avanzado, DJ Myke, Donita Rose, Gabriel Valenciano, Gary Valenciano, Geneva Cruz, Gian Magdangal, Jamie Rivera, Jaya, Jay-R, Jericho Rosales, Jessa Zaragoza, Jolina Magdangal, Karylle, KC Concepcion, Kuh Ledesma, Kyla, Nanette Inventor, Ogie Alcasid, Paolo Santos, Paolo Valenciano & Salamin, Martin Nievera, Rachel Alejandro, Chris Cayzer, Lovi Poe, and Victoria.
Filipino bands will also perform by 9 pm onwards. Among those confirmed are: 6Cyclemind, ChicoSci, Imago, Kenyo, Kjwan, Rico Blanco, Silent Sanctuary, Taken by, Cars, The Dawn, True Faith.
Ticket prices are at P100, P250, P500, and P1000. For ticket reservations, please contact Girlie Portus at Tel. No. 718-1738 to 41 and Jocytte Musa at 0908-883-1453.