[WATCH] Lea Salonga, Gary V and more Filipino stars join ‘Stop All Hate’ campaign

An all-star ensemble of Filipino celebrities joins in singing “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught” from the musical South Pacific composed by Rodgers and Hammerstein for a “Stop Asian Hate” campaign.

VARIOUS Filipino artists have banded together in support of a global campaign that aims to end hate and violence against Asians in the United States and other parts of the world.

The campaign, called #StopAsianHate, was launched by the non-profit organization Asia Society in response to hate crimes against Asians in the U.S.

The star-studded lineup performed an updated rendition of the Rodgers & Hammerstein track “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught” with updated lyrics that address the current situation in America.

“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, June 22.

“Performing updated lyrics, they deliver a timely and important message for America and the world,” it added.


Featured in the #StopAllHate #ShareLove music video are Filipino musicians Lea Salonga, Daniel Padilla, Apl.de.Ap, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Jed Madela, Jaya, Cris Villonco, Moira Dela Torre, and Sam Concepcion.

Mon Faustino provided musical and vocal arrangements, with Miguel Miñana as concept and production head, and Gina Tabuena Godinez as associate producer.

Broadcasters and hosts Korina Sanchez and Karen Davila also prefaced the music video with messages to the Filipino and Asian American communities.

“We are so grateful to this dream team for so generously giving their time and talent to support the campaign,” said Doris Magsaysay Ho, Chairperson of Asia Society Philippines.

The Asia Society Philippines Center also partnered with CANVAS, Art Fair Philippines 2021, Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation and Manila House to promote #StopAsianHate around the artwork donated by celebrated visual artist Elmer Borlongan.

Ritchel Mendiola

Ritchel Mendiola is a staff writer and reporter for the Asian Journal. You can reach her at ritchel.mendiola@asianjournalinc.com.

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