MANILA — "May we never outgrow our hope for a brighter tomorrow."
This was the message of the girls of the 2016 local staging of "Annie," as they reunited virtually for a number about holding on to hope amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Led by stage actresses Krystal Brimner and Isabeli Araneta Elizalde, the girls performed the iconic "Tomorrow," with musical arrangement by Myke Salomon.
Released by Resorts World Manila, which produced the Philippine version of the play, the music video cleverly makes use of 2016 stock footage of the young cast singing the same tune, transitioning to their present selves.
"Today, almost 4 years later, the same kids (no longer so little) have reunited virtually to sing the same song, and express the same hope for our country as we face a different kind of historic change — a new normal," Resorts World Manila said.
"Just a simple reminder that whatever our age, we should always have faith, care for each other, and work together for a #BrighterTomorrow."
The #BrighterTomorrow campaign was launched just as the Philippines surged past 18,000 in total number of coronavirus cases, and amid challenges to adjust to eased lockdown measures especially for vulnerable sectors.