Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 22)— An all-star crew of Filipino musicians lent their voices to a campaign calling to stop Asian hate and other forms of violence in the United States and other parts of the world.
The group — composed of Apl.de.Ap, Cris Villonco, Daniel Padilla, Gary Valenciano, Jaya, Jed Madela, Lea Salonga, Martin Nievera, Moira Dela Torre, and Sam Concepcion — performed an updated rendition of the Rodgers & Hammerstein track “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught.”
A music video of the song — originally written for the hit musical South Pacific — was shared on the social media pages of Asia Society Philippines.
“The original lyrics reflected on bigotry, and how it takes root in people; how hate is not a natural instinct, but something that is actively taught and enabled – and how it must also therefore be actively rooted out,” the organization said in a statement.
“Performing updated lyrics, they deliver a timely and important message for America and the world,” it added.
Calls to stop racism and discrimination in the US again mounted earlier this year following a string of reported killings and attacks against Asians.