JEDDAH – A string orchestra composed of Filipino children offered their music to raise funds for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in the Philippines.
The Serenata String Chamber Orchestra played Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up", a fitting tribute to uplift the spirits of Filipinos affected by the typhoon.
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"Though we are far from our kababayans who were affected b typhoon Yolanda, we are offering to you our music that we are going to play. We hope that this will live to your spirit, because we are one with you in your struggle,” said the group's music director Silvia delos Santos.
Most of the group's members were born and raised in Saudi Arabia and have not been to the Philippines. They only learn news about their homeland is through television.
“On our own little way, we send our love, thru music, to the victims of typhoon Yolanda,” delos Santos added.
Meanwhile, Filipinos continue packing relief goods for Yolanda victims They said they are more inspired now as more groups have come forward to offer their help to the Philippines. Report from Charles Tabbu, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau