BMBX Entertainment’s Miguel Antonio and Jessica Reynoso front a fund-raising campaign to support survivors of 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan.
Two years after the deadly Typhoon Haiyan struck the southeastern part of Asia, survivors in the Philippines are still trying to rebuild their lives.
Relief efforts have waned, but there are those who have not forgotten.
In June 2015, the team from BMBX Entertainment visited Tacloban City, one of the hardest hit areas. Touched by the resilience of its people as well as the hope and joy they carried despite their struggles, the BMBX team launched a fundraising campaign to contribute toward rebuilding their homes and their lives.
BMBX (pronounced “BoomBox”) is a Southeast Asia-based artiste management and content development company spearheaded by Filipino American rapper apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas.
The fund-raising campaign is fronted by BMBX Entertainment’s young artistes Miguel Antonio, whose released the song “Hope Of One Voice” as his third single. The song also features his fellow BMBX artist Jessica Reynoso. “Hope Of One Voice” can be purchased on iTunes. The fundraising campaign is mounted on GIVE Asia and has raised S$2,300 so far.
BMBX is working with SOS Children’s Village Tacloban, part of the SOS Children’s Villages International global federation with 117 chapters worldwide. It is a non-profit organization which aims to improve the lives, health and education of young children.
SOS Children’s Village Tacloban has been present in Tacloban since 1970. In the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, it played an instrumental role in providing urgent relief to the families under its care, who had lost most of their belongings. Today, it continues to work hard to help these survivors rebuild their lives.
“Hope Of One Voice” was written by Elim Chew, founder of the streetwear brand 77th Street and an active social entrepreneur. Chew, a member of City Harvest Church, is also a shareholder in BMBX. The words for the song came to her mind one night in 2010, when she was awakened by a vision of a flood with children holding on to floating logs in darkness, stretching out their hands and crying out for help. In the vision, she also heard the voice of God saying, “I heard your one voice.”
Immediately, she penned down her thoughts and sent it to her good friend, Singaporean singer-songwriter Cat Ong who then crafted the melody to the lyrics. “I believe it was a calling for me when God gave me that vision. I’m glad BMBX is promoting this song for a greater purpose to raise funds for those in need, as well as advocating for hope,” says Chew.
The BMBX team hopes to return to Tacloban in March 2016 with the funds raised through the campaign.
Watch the “Hope Of One Voice” music video at https://youtu.be/-XTBCtFrXBw
Click on https://give.asia/movement/hope_of_one_voice to find out more and to support this effort with your donations.