Wishclusives We’d Love to Dedicate to our Brave COVID-19 Frontliners
Mar 25, 2020
While many stay at home to minimize the spread of COVID-19 — the coronavirus-caused disease that has affected hundreds of thousands of lives across the globe — some are out in the frontlines, risking their lives to help contain the infectious disease. From healthcare workers down to the skeletal workforce in vital industries like pharmaceuticals, sanitation, food and services, retail, banking, and media — scores of unsung heroes live days of hard toil to be instrumental in saving as many lives as possible.
Though words are not enough to express gratitude for these people’s gallantry, we at Wish 107.5 acknowledge the heroism they do for the society. Let this selection of Wishclusives speak out our deepest thanks to the brave COVID-19 frontliners in our country and beyond.
“I Will Be Here/ Warrior Is A Child” – Gary Valenciano
And I will be here
When the laughter turns to cryin’
Through the winnin’ and losin’ and tryin’
We’ll be together
‘Cause I will be here
They don’t know that I come running home when I fall down
They don’t know Who picks me up when no one is around
I drop my sword and cry for just a while
‘Cause deep inside this armor
The warrior is a child
In this Wishclusive, OPM icon Gary Valenciano gifts listeners with a medley of two of his most beloved inspirational tunes.
“I Will Be Here” is an exquisite ode that can relay words of encouragement to COVID-19 frontliners. It’s a wonderful song that speaks of a love that can provide comfort amidst distance. “Warrior Is A Child,” on the other hand, is a piece acknowledging that at the end of the day, our modern-day heroes are humans, too. They can also be overcome with vulnerability, and the only solution there is, is to surrender to and find solace in the arms of the Most High.
“Ngayon At Kailanman” – Basil Valdez
Sa bawat araw ang pag-ibig ko sa ‘yo, liyag
Lalong tumatamis, tumitingkad
Bawat kahapon ay daig nitong bawat ngayon
Na daig ng bawat bukas
COVID-19 has inevitably separated many of the frontliners from their loved ones. This Wishclusive from Basil Valdez — which features the endearing George Canseco-penned classic “Ngayon at Kailanman” — is a reminder that even from afar, they are always loved. And as timeless as this musical piece, the love they ought to receive is one that’s ageless, one that grows even stronger with each passing day.
“Leaves” – Ben&Ben
Leaves will soon grow from the bareness of trees
And all will be alright in time
From waves overgrown come the calmest of seas
And all will be alright in time
Providing respite in these challenging times, Ben&Ben’s “Leaves” reassures that despite the difficulties, “all will be alright in time.” Apart from its beautiful lyricism, the song marries rosy melodic lines with gentle vocal works to further give warmth to its listeners — from the frontliners to ordinary citizens.
“Simula” – Munimuni
Hindi tayo ayos ngayon
Makulimlim na ang panahon
Umasa na lang tayo
Matatapos din ang bagyo
At nearly seven minutes, Munimuni’s “Simula” makes for the perfect anthem for when you want to contemplate the seemingly complicated matters of life. The tune — adeptly and gorgeously interpreted in this Wishclusive — embraces the concepts of holding onto hope and starting anew and wreaths them in poetic lines and melodies. If you’re looking for odes that can bring calmness to a frontliner’s tired being and mind, this one should definitely be on the list.
“Ngiti Sa Ulan” – Silent Sanctuary
Minsan pa ako’y muling lalaban
Masaktan, lumuha ng sukdulan
Nandiyan ka ano pang maranasan
May ngiti sa ulan
One of the more upbeat Wishclusives in this selection, Silent Sanctuary’s “Ngiti Sa Ulan” (a collaborative work with electro-pop rock band Brisom) bears a tune that is as jovial as its lyrics. Straightforward yet affecting, the song is capable of painting a smile on someone’s face with its message about overcoming struggles and drawing strength from those you hold dear to your heart.
“Puso” – Sponge Cola
Dehado kung dehado
Para sa’n pang mga galos mo
Kung titiklop ka lang, titiklop ka lang
Matalo kung matalo
Huwag ka sanang magkakamaling
Sumuko na lang
From its marching drum beats to its spirit-raising never-give-up theme, Sponge Cola’s “Puso” is a stirring song about giving it all. Though it has been widely used as an anthem during sports events, the song has never been more relevant with all that is happening today. Give someone you know who works in the frontlines a much-needed boost by sharing this Wishclusive (or better yet, this whole roster) with them.
“Pagsubok” – K-Leb
‘Di lang din ikaw, madami pa diyan
‘Wag kang bumitaw
Meron ngang iba sobrang nawalan
Oo, mabigat pero ang lahat merong katapat
Kahit mabigat pwedeng gumaan
Filipino rapper K-Leb’s “Pagsubok” is hard-hitting, gritty, and immensely relevant. Laden with wise and truthfully written words, this is the Wishclusive everyone — frontliner or not — should hear. While feelings of unfairness can be felt by the affected individuals and families of COVID-19, this rap piece calls for solidarity. Because with this virtue, even the most gigantic of problems can be trounced.
“Kabayanihan” – Philippine Army Band
Sakripisyo ng bawat sundalo
Buhay ay laging nasa peligro
Sa panahon ng digmaan, lumalaban na may tapang
Iaalay ang sariling buhay para sa kabayanihan
Conquering the Wish Bus with their musical skills, members of the Philippine Army Band dish out “Kabayanihan,” an original track that gives an anthemic nod to the valor of Filipino fighters. With the recent happenings, the song — punctuated by powerful guitar riffs and soaring vocal harmonies — takes a more meaningful form as it tackles the sacrifices made by modern-day heroes, with the term “heroes” now encompassing dedicated healthcare workers and other frontliners who soldier on despite the risks that COVID-19 poses to their lives.
“Kumapit Ka Lang” – Carmela Ravanilla
Ngayong nandito ka na
Aatras ka pa ba? Wag na
Tingin mo’y di makakaya
Palaging may pag-asa
Magtiwala ka lang
Itawag mo sa Kanya
Soloist-turned-MYMP vocalist Carmela Ravanilla shines a ray of hope through her Wish Bus performance of “Kumapit Ka Lang,” an upbeat gospel tune from A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival. The song, which won the songwriting competition’s 2016 edition, is one of those musical gems that should be heard by more people today as it inspires optimism and relays the ever-relevant message of trusting God.
“May Awa Ang Dios” – Sheryn Regis
Sa t’wing tila ‘di na makakayanan
Pagsubok na aking pinagdaraanan
Ang tanging pag-asang pinanghahawakan
May awa ang Dios
May awa ang Dios
At times when the hurdles seem to be too huge to conquer, “May Awa Ang Dios” poignantly provides the greatest hope anyone could possibly have: God’s mercy. In this Wishclusive, Sheryn Regis — hailed as the Crystal Voice of Asia — breathes life to and clearly delivers the sunny and heartening message of this gospel track that won the 2014 ASOP Music Festival.
In these trying times, let us fill our hearts with love and songs that spark hope and togetherness. Let us always keep on wishing and praying.
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