MANILA – The composer of “Tell the World of His Love” was "overwhelmed" to receive so many messages of encouragement after her song was performed at the conclusion of another papal mass on Sunday.
Trina Belamide, who joined the 1,000-member choir who led a millions-strong crowd in singing “Tell the World of His Love” in the presence of Pope Francis at the Quirino Grandstand, believes that the song was given value by the many Filipinos who “take its message to heart.”
And this is why she thinks the song was able to transcend generations.
Belamide made the statement on her Facebook page as she thanked all of her friends for their support after the Papal visit.
“Honestly, all I did was write the song. Yes, I agree it’s a good song, so I won’t be modest about that. But really, it’s you – each of you who listens to it, likes it, sings it, is moved to tears by it, and more importantly takes its message to heart and lives it – you are the ones who have made ‘Tell the World of His Love’ the relevant and special song that it has been all these 20 years,” she wrote in a Facebook post on Monday, shortly after Pope Francis left the Philippines to return to Rome.
“Kayo talaga ‘yan, pramis,” she added. “Hindi na ako ‘yan. So thank you! Nakakataba kayo ng puso. Salamat talaga.”
“Tell the World of His Love” was the winning entry out of 85 submitted to become the official theme song of the 1995 World Youth Day, which was presided by Pope John Paul II in Manila.
Originally sung by Carelle Mangaliag and Jeff Arcilla, “Tell the World of His Love” was popular among the Filipino faithful at the time.
And going by the millions who sang in unison during Pope Francis’ mass at the Quirino Grandstand on Sunday, it remained indelible to most people who witnessed both Papal events.