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Lea Salonga sings about what binds us together in sports, in life, and in the region for the 30th SEA Games

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By AA PATAWARAN

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WORLD CLASS Ryan Cayabyab snaps a selfie with Lea Salonga during the recording of ‘We Win As One’

The value of hard work.

Internationally acclaimed Filipino artist and national pride, Lea Salonga is no stranger to it. Already gifted with a talent worthy of world attention, she builds on it with constant and consistent work, never resting on her laurels.

The value of hard work is also the underlying message of the theme song of the 30th South East Asian (SEA) Games, which will be hosted by the Philippines later this year, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

Composed by Philippine National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab, with lyrics by the theater stalwart Floy Quintos, the song is an anthem to the athletic prowess, sportsmanship, and artistic achievements not only of the Philippines but of the region, all these skills and potential that bind the 11 participating countries in the SEA Games.

It feels wonderful to represent my country as the interpreter of these games’ theme song. Always a privilege.

Lea Salonga is perfect for the song, “We Win as One,” made to celebrate some of the things that unify the region. “It feels wonderful to represent my country as the interpreter of these games’ theme song. Always a privilege. And to have it written by Ryan Cayabyab and Floy Quintos? So wonderful!” says the Tony awardee.

While the song was introduced as a duet during the SEA Games launch last month, Lea will sing it as a solo. “It’s me, myself, and I doing it,” she beams. “It was Mr. C’s demo that convinced me to do it. He played and sang, and his interpretation was just so heartfelt and full of conviction. I couldn’t ‘not’ sing it for the games.”

Unfortunately, Lea Salonga won’t be present at the opening of SEA Games. “I’ll be in Singapore doing Sweeney Todd,” she explains.

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