Universal Records denies involvement in production of 'Iisang Dagat'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 27 2020 03:16 PM

MANILA – Universal Records has denied its involvement in the release of the song “Iisang Dagat.”

In a statement, the music label clarified that it is not in any way involved in the track’s production and promotion, contrary to what was included in its YouTube caption.

“Prior to its release, an invitation was sent out by Chinatown TV for the label to help in the song’s promotion, which was respectfully declined by the label,” Universal Records said.

“The inclusion of the company name on the aforementioned caption was posted without our consent, and has therefore misled audiences with our non-participation in the project,” it added.

The Chinese Embassy Manila released on Friday “Iisang Dagat,” a song that shows the "mutual support" between the Philippines and China amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

The lyrics of the song were written by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian.

Filipina "jukebox queen" and Camarines Sur vice-governor Imelda Papin sang parts of the song, along with Chinese diplomat Xia Wenxin, Filipino-Chinese singer Jhonvid Bangayan, and Chinese actor Yubin.

The song’s release came amid the country's diplomatic protests against China's aggression in the West Philippine Sea.