Filipino musicians gathered to support the global campaign to stop Asian hate in a music video released by Asia Society Philippines on Monday night.
Arranged by Mon Faustino—who also played the piano—artists Apl.de.Ap, Cris Villonco, Daniel Padilla, Gary Valenciano, Jaya, Jed Madela, Lea Salonga, Martin Nievera, Moira Dela Torre, and Sam Concepcion lent their voices to sing the track You've Got To Be Carefully Taught.
The all-star cast performed a new rendition of the song originally written for the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein musical film South Pacific about the cross-cultural love affairs during World War II.
“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 wrote in a statement Tuesday.
“Performing updated lyrics, they deliver a timely and important message for America and the world,” it added.
Hate crimes against Asians in 16 of the largest cities in America spiked to 149 percent in 2020, according to the analysis of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. The first increase was observed during the onset of the pandemic last March and April.
(Images from Asia Society)