MANILA -- Local band The Juans made an attempt to sprinkle a little hope online with a song inspired by the resilience Filipinos are known for.
This Friday, the band shared the new song, “Manalangin,” online with the caption: “Pilipinas, babangon tayo!”
The song's music video begins with footage of deserted roads and tired faces, a grim snapshot of the isolation and fear most are feeling amid the coronavirus outbreak.
But inspired by the nation’s faith and the healthworkers who continue to battle the virus, the band sings: “Ikaw at ako, babangon tayo / sama-sama, lahat ay susulong / basta’t tayo’y magtutulong-tulong, lilipas din, matatapos din ang dilim.”
It also featured dozens of local celebrities symbolically taking off their masks to drive home the point of the song’s moving chorus.
The song was released a day before the band is scheduled to hold an online concert, encouraging people to “fill up our Saturday night with good vibes.”
Comprised of Japs Mendoza, RJ Cruz, Carl Guevara, Chael Adriano, and Joshua Coronel, The Juans is best known for hits like “Hindi Tayo Pwede” and “Hatid.”