Jamie Rivera performs 'We Are All God's Children' for Pope Francis at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday
MANILA - Before performing her own composition in front of Pope Francis on Friday, Jamie Rivera has inspired Filipino faithful with devotional tunes that similarly marked historic events in the country.
Rivera, dubbed local showbiz's "Inspirational Diva," had her dream come true when she sang for the pontiff "We Are All God's Children," the Vatican-approved theme song of the five-day papal visit, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Included in the all-star album is another of Rivera's composition, "Dearest Pope," and the festive "Papa Franciso, Mabuhay Po Kayo" by Jun Cruz and Pio Cruz, both performed by the 48-year-old singer.
Already, "We Are All God's Children" has become a ubiquitous tune in media amid the ongoing papal visit, just like her rendition of "Only Selfless Love" by Fr. Carlo Magno Marcelo, the theme song of the 4th World Meeting of Families in Manila in 2003.
At the time, Pope Saint John Paul II, according to Rivera, was unable to attend the event because of his weakening health. Nonetheless, her performance of "Only Selfless Love" was viewed the by the late pontiff in video from the Vatican.
Aside from her official roles in these papal events, Rivera, more recently, came up with a song to celebrate the canonization of Saint Pedro Calungsod by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.
A decade earlier in 2001, Rivera's revival of the prayer song "Heal Our Land," originally by Tom and Robin Brooks, became identified with the EDSA People Power II.
In 2000, Eucharistic celebrations concluded with the "Jubilee Song," the official theme song celebrating the Great Jubilee in the Philippines. Rivera's rendition of the tune, also by Fr. Marcelo, became popular among churchgoers at the time.
Similarly, Rivera popularly recorded a version of "Tell The World of His Love" for one of her albums. The tune by Trina Belamide was the official theme song of 1995 World Youth Day, which was presided by Pope Saint John Paul II in Manila.