A HEARTWARMING song was written by a Conservatory of Music senior to extend his appreciation to healthcare frontliners amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Music technology student Kenneth Reodica said he wanted to spread hope with his song “Malalagpasan,” which was performed by Jan Montenegro and Ryan Gabriel Ayangco from the Conservatory and released last April 11.


Ating natutunghayan ang kabayanihan ng mga indibidwal na nananatiling tapat sa tungkulin kahit na nalalagay sa peligro ang kanilang kaligtasan. Saludo kami sa inyo, lalo na sa mga frontliners. Kasama niyo kaming nananalangin at naniniwala na tulad ng lahat ng nagdaang pagsubok, ito’y ating malalagpasan.(We are witnessing the heroism of individuals who remain committed to duty despite the risks to their own safety.We salute you, especially our frontliners. We are with you in praying and believing that like past struggles, we will overcome this.)

Posted by University of Santo Tomas on Saturday, April 11, 2020


The music video, produced by the UST Communications Bureau and the Tiger Media Network (TMN), included video clips of Thomasians showing appreciation to the frontliners.

Naisip ko gumawa ng song para ma-feel nila na they are appreciated and at the same time para din sa lahat ng tao na maging hopeful,” Reodica told the Varsitarian.

Reodica said he received messages from frontliners who were inspired by the song.

Reodica was part of the 2019 Philpop Bootcamp headed by Ryan Cayabyab and other artists. He co-wrote the 2019 UST Christmas Station ID with Jarl Francisco.


Two Thomasian musical groups who went on “choirantine” (from the words “choir” and “quarantine”) and their videos made the rounds on Facebook.

Members and alumni of the College of Science Glee Club posted a virtual acapella of Disney’s “Circle of Life” on Facebook last April 12. 

They dedicated the performance to Thomasian scientists, medical workers, and the Filipino and global communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

UST CSGC Alumni – Circle of Life (Tribute to Thomasian COVID-19 Scientists and Frontliners)

"Circle of Life"A virtual a capella rendition offered to Thomasian scientists, medical workers and frontliners as well as to the Filipino and global community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.#paraSCIyo mula sa#csgcalumniMusic by Elton John Lyrics by Tim RiceArranged by Fidel Calalang, Jr.No copyright infringement intended.

Posted by UST College of Science Glee Club on Sunday, April 12, 2020


Their musical rendition, which has exceeded 12,000 views and 208 shares on Facebook as of posting, was arranged by UST Singers conductor Fidel Calalang, Jr.

College of Science alumnus Earl Tongol said half of the alumni who sang in the video were doctors and scientists at the frontlines of the pandemic.

“During the planning stage of the production, [a] former glee club member [who was a doctor-resident] tested positive for Covid-19. We immediately formed a prayer brigade and got even more inspired to finish our recording not just for her but for the many Thomasian frontliners who were succumbing to the pandemic,” Tongol said.

“I think people at home and frontliners are reminded that whatever path the situation leads us, there is always hope. There are people who are passionate in singing for others, in sharing their talents to inspire and to give hope,” Tongol said. “It is our way of showing our love and care for others.”

Seventeen alumni of the UST Pharmacy Glee Club uploaded a video of their performance of “Paraiso,” composed by Ryan Cayabyab and arranged by Calalang. It was uploaded on the Facebook account of glee club member Gabriel Gerardo Cortez.

Paraiso by the Virtual UST Pharmacy Glee Club Alumni Composed by Mr. Ryan CayabyabArranged by Sir Fidel Calalang Jr. Popularized by Smokey MountainAmidst the chaos that this virus has given the world, let’s try to see the positive things out of it. This CoVID pandemic made us realize a lot about ourselves, friends, family and the world. For ourselves, we’ve realized that it’s really hard to live alone, more so, to be on a lockdown. Who would have thought that we will live in a time of a true pandemic? Nevertheless, things happen for a reason, may it be good or bad. If there’s one good thing about this lockdown is that we were able to catch up with our friends whom we haven’t spoken for years. We get to say a simple “take care” or “stay safe” to our loved ones from miles apart. We get to appreciate the simple things in life – the chirping of the birds, the rain, the clouds, our friends, our family, and even the real smiles of street children enjoying the small treats that you give them. These are just some of the many reflections that we have. For our part, we got to sing again, after so many years of not singing together. This CoVID thing made us reunite with each other through our passion for singing. We've decided to try our own version of “virtual choirantine” with the song “Paraiso”. I think it is just fitting to share this song right now. If you’ll just listen and read the lyrics of the song, it’s a song about finding happiness in the middle of pollution, plastic bags, empty cans and all the burden that the nature is faced with. This song reminds us that it is the simple things in life that we forget. Again, this virus made us appreciate all those simple and little things more.Lastly, we dedicate this song to our fellow frontliners from the medical and non- medical community. Salute to us all! This too shall pass and after all of these, we hope that we will all go home safe and healthy to our loved ones…to the place we call Paraiso.The Lord is Risen! Happy Easter everyone!Sopranos:Amy Faith Vidallon,RMTSheena Rubante Arellano, RPhPatricia Javier-Tagactac, RMTCristine Avendano Purificacion, RMTLei Ann Joy Bautista, MDCaryn Georgina Uy, MDJoie Ayuste, RMTRosalie Buban, RPhAltos:Rowena Nuqui, MDAngela Villa-Real, RMTTenors:Vincent Patrick Uy, MDVincent Paul EvangelistaChristian Perolina, MDGideon Villar, MDBasses:Gabriel Gerardo Cortez, MDRobert Arthur Galura, MDJustin Brian Chiongson, RCh, MScEditing: Wen Nuqui & Vincent Evangelista#WeSingToInspire#USTPharmacyGleeClub#PositiveYesWeCan#StayHome#VirtualChoirantine#WeHealAsOne

Posted by Gabriel Gerardo N. Cortez on Sunday, April 12, 2020


“We offer this simple song as a tribute to the frontliners and to the whole Filipino people to resonate to the world that hope is not lost and can be found in every corner. Philippines was, is and will still be a paradise,” Cortez said in an interview with the Varsitarian.

Cortez said the cover reunited the group virtually, after more than 10 years of not singing together.

The video has obtained about 11,000 views and 464 shares on Facebook since its posting on April 12.

“[M]ost of our chorale members are also composed of doctors, pharmacists and medical technologists from all over the world,” he said.

“If there is one thing worth mentioning, [it’s] that the making of this video solidified our unity as a family. Every time we sing this song, we are reminded of the little things we take for granted like our own freedom in this time of [enhanced community quarantine]. Despite everything, we are always filled with joy whenever we sing with this family,” he added. 


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