Filipina vocalists from the '90s joined forces for a "social distancing" rendition of the Eraserheads' classic, 'With A Smile'.
The video features a rare performance by Cynthia Alexander, Barbie Almalbis, Bayang Barrios, Prettier Than Pink's Lei Bautista, Put3ska's Skarlet Brown, Color It Red's Cooky Chua, Cambio's Kris Gorra-Dancel, Aia de Leon, Sugar Hiccup's Melody del Mundo Lucas, Kitchie Nadal, Session Road's Hannah Olives, Agaw Agimat's QT Paduano, and former Moonstar 88 singer Acel Bisa-van Ommen.
In an interview with Esquire, the LA-based Melody del Mundo Lucas, who was behind the collaboration, revealed: "I was just really thinking of uniting us all to sing an inspiring song that would send warmth and love while everyone is in quarantine. This is something impossible to do physically but I know it can be done easily even with social distancing because of social media. I was really excited when I was running the names in my head and what an achievement it would be as this type of collaboration would be the first of its kind.”
Singer-songwriter Kitchie Nadal, who is now based in Spain, shares on her Instagram account: "Hindi ko akalain na ngayon ko pa sila lahat makaksama."
"Sa mga minamahal naming mga kapatid na hindi namin kakilala, kayo na ang aming frontliners. Umabot sana ang aming pagibig at pagpugay sa inyo, bayani kayo ng aming puso. Munting alay naming mga musikero para sa inyo.Maraming salamat, mahal namin kayo," Aia De Leon adds via her Facebook page.
Aside from bringing joy and uplifting spirits in these dreary times, the performance also serves as a way to help raise funds and awareness for KayaKap, a fundraising campaign for working musicians. The music industry has been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the organization aims to help out musicians in their senior years, as well as those with disabilities.
Contact +63 918 935 7013 for donations.