Sarah Geronimo was once again invited to represent the Philippines and be part of the ASEAN-Japan Music Festival, held virtually last Saturday, June 5.
The Popstar Royalty took it as a chance to share a message of hope in the midst of COVID-19.
In her speech, the singer-actress talked about the burden and the anxiety many of us have been feeling as an effect of this global crisis.
“The past year has been very challenging for all of us. We have been affected in so many ways and have experienced different kinds of loss -- from losing jobs, opportunities, hope, and the most painful, losing a loved one,” said Sarah.
She acknowledged that it is a time of loss, but it could also be a time to remind ourselves of the value of life and unity.
“Our minds are filled with anxious thoughts and we ask, 'When will this end?' Perhaps, it is a reminder of what truly matters — life, family, time. Let us all be united in showing empathy and care for one another. Let go of resentment. Choose peace,” she added.
Sarah also brought up her faith and how it served as her guiding light in these dark times.
“Life is a gift that we should be grateful for. If there is one thing I learned, my faith in God is the only constant thing I can rely on during times of uncertainty,” she shared.
Some may find it tough to keep hoping for better times, but Sarah believes it would help if we put our minds into living a meaningful life.
“It may seem hard to do, but let us remain hopeful. Let us continue to celebrate life, because this too shall pass. Let us continue to create beautiful memories with our loved ones, however we can and while we still can,” Sarah advised.
A performance of the "Tala" hitmaker from her digital concert last March was played, where she sang her 2013 single “Ikot-Ikot” from a revolving stage.
Later, she wished that her music, along with the other Asian artists invited to perform, would inspire and liven up those who are feeling down.
“Music is a universal language that speaks to our soul through every stage of life. Music is very powerful. It can heal a wounded heart, uplift one spirit, and bring renewed hope,” said Sarah.
Then she ended her speech with, “I do hope our music and performances can be a source of inspiration for all of you. Once again, thank you so much and stay safe.”
Sarah first became part of the music festival in Tokyo in 2018, where she gave electrifying live performances of some of her biggest hits.
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