MANILA — “Sa lahat ng nangyayari ngayon sa buong mundo, ang pinakamaganda na sigurong magagawa natin para sa sarili natin, para sa ating mga mahal sa buhay din ay huwag na huwag tayong mawawalan ng pag-asa.”
This was what rap icon Gloc-9 said at the start of the online music festival Earth Jam Sessions, held last June 27, before performing his hit song about the incredible resilience of Filipinos, “Hoy!”
In a way, an event like this one, streamed on Facebook, was exactly what many needed at this moment, amid this pandemic that have cancelled gigs and confined people inside their homes.
It’s how musicians, hard-hit by the restrictions on mass gatherings, can make money while spreading some badly needed joy, company, and hope in an isolated time. You can check it out below:
More than 27,000 people were said to have tuned in for the event, which featured local acts like Autotelic, Ice Seguerra, Karylle, Sandwich, and the Itchyworms, among many more.
It had these artists open up a bit about how excited they are to be able to perform for their fans again, and to be part in spreading a noble message about caring for the environment.
The more than two-hour event also announced a songwriting contest, and held talks from celebrity families, environmentalists and other experts on how to best look out for Mother Earth, even in the middle of this health crisis.
The Earth Jam Sessions is the first online edition of the Earth Day Jam, which has been held annually live for two decades. It’s an initiative founded by Earth Day Jam Foundation head Lou Bonnevie.
Prior to the announcement of Earth Jam Sessions, Bonnevie admitted that she was first against the idea of holding this year’s edition online. She later on realized “that life has to go on, and we cannot lose our sight on the environmental crisis ahead of us.”
The event aims to raise funds needed to sustain the foundation’s ongoing campaign, which includes songwriting contests, art lessons, tree planting and other music jam sessions.
More information, such as how to donate, can be found on their website, or their Facebook page, Earthday Jam Foundation.