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"The Prayer" by the Loboc Children's Choir


Gray Wolf:
"The Prayer" has always been one of my favorite songs, but I never understood the Italian lyrics and have struggled to find the English translation until today.  I saw this YouTube video for the first time just recently on the TV and was struck again not only by the beauty of the lyrics but also by the voices of the Loboc Children's Choir.


On October 15, 2013, an earthquake with the energy equivalent to 32 Hiroshima bombs devastated the Visayas, and parts of Mindanao and southern Luzon.

Two days later, the Loboc Children's Choir sang, "The Prayer," with the rubble of the 279 year old Loboc Church as their backdrop.

Their performance moved so many people here and abroad. Then, tragedy struck again.

On November 8, Typhoon Yolanda, the most powerful tropical cyclone in history to ever make landfall hit East Samar, Samar and Leyte.

Thousands died. Millions were left hungry, desperate, and homeless.

Relief efforts from the Philippines and the rest of the world are currently helping the victims survive and find temporary homes.

But the bigger challenge is how to help all these people get back to their normal lives.

This is where we took inspiration from the Loboc Children's Choir's performance.

These children may be from Bohol, but their innocent voices represent not just their home province but also earthquake-damaged Cebu and typhoon-devastated Leyte, Samar, and Iloilo -- all of whom are praying for a miracle to allow them to rebuild their lives.

And so we asked the help of various Filipino artists to lend their voices, to represent our country, and show the world that the Philippines has one voice, one prayer -- that we work together to help our countrymen rebuild their lives brick by brick.

The resulting song will be used to raise funds through downloads. The proceeds will go to the helpPH campaign, a project by the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF). It is a non-profit organization made up of major companies from the private sector and leading NGOs. PDRF, organized in October 2009 after Typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng, and Frank to tap resources for reconstruction efforts during emergencies brought about by calamities, is one of the three identified institutional conduits approved by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to facilitate cooperation and coordination between the Philippine government and the private sector in formulating and implementing reconstruction strategies.

Its goal for Cebu, Bohol and now the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda is long-term solutions and programs that will bring businesses and jobs back to these areas. They are also planning to look into better designs for houses more suited for a country that gets hit by typhoons and earthquakes. They are focusing on rebuilding the communities which includes: immediate help, provide housing, education by rebuilding school houses, providing economic incentives, and livelihood opportunities.

As a way of giving thanks to all the countries that helped us, we offer to them "The "Prayer".

"The Prayer" by The Loboc Children's Choir & Various Artists Official Music Video (Typhoon Yolanda)

"The Prayer"

I pray You'll be our eyes,
and watch us where we go,
and help us to be wise
in times when we don't know.

Let this be our prayer
when we lose our way

Lead us to a place,
Guide us with Your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe.

I pray we’ll find Your light
And hold it in our hearts
When stars go out each night
remind us where You are

Let this be our prayer
When shadows fill our days
Lead us to a place,
Guide us with Your grace,
Give us faith so we’ll be safe.

A world where pain and sorrow will be ended
and every heart that's broken will be mended
and we'll remember we are all God's children
reaching out to touch You
reaching to the sky

We ask that life be kind and watch us from above
we hope each soul will find
another soul to love.

Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Who needs to find a place:
Guide us with Your grace
give us faith so we'll be safe
Lead us to a placeguide us with Your grace
give us faith so we'll be safe


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