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MCL CAS professor pens “Tanaw,” a song dedicated to frontliners

Last April 17, 2020, a sing-along video for the song “Tanaw,” written for those in the frontlines in the fight against the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), was released through the Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement (CSCE) Facebook page as part of the MCL Speaks advocacy.

With the lyrics written by Prof. Algene De Guzman of the College of Arts and Science (CAS), the song was arranged by CAS student and Himig Handog 2018 finalist Rhiseo Mhonver Lopez, and performed by various members of the MCL community: Pedro Advincula, Jr., Cyra Aguilar, Hanna Alinsog, Iriene Ama, Joanna Bartolazo, Japs Concepcion, Dustin Divina, Jhoana Jane Dungca, Angeline Ebron, Chino Elemos, Uriel Javier, Brian Angelo Lanuza, Therese Marie Macasaet, Christian Palma, Joshua Sanchez, and Prof. De Guzman and Lopez themselves.

Prof. De Guzman was initially contacted by Mr. Rafael Gregorio of CSCE to render a song or poem for the MCL Speaks advocacy, a positivity campaign for COVID-19 frontliners that aims to gather messages in any form to support the nation’s modern-day heroes.

“I told him that I was in fact composing a song for our frontliners so I am up to the invitation cum challenge,” shared Prof. De Guzman. “I was inspired by a photo of a doctor who was at the gate and was being watched by his children from afar as they go out to fulfill their duties for the country, hence “TANAW” was conceived.”

Produced by Edward Andrew Guese of CSCE, the video also featured messages from members of the MCL community, including CAS Dean Ma. Rovilla Sudaprasert and family, Prof. Christine Joanne Desacado and her children, Engr. Ria Grace Abdon and family, and student JM Jumalin.

According to Prof. De Guzman, the goal of the project is simple – to reach as many frontliners as possible so that they can feel that everyone is one with them in the fight against the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and that everyone is in great debt of their acts of heroism.

With the video now released through Facebook, the group involved in its making is open to any and all possibilities that may come along the way, even considering preparing a fundraising concert for CSCE’s projects for frontliners.

“My message to the MCL community would be three things: One, stay at home for your utmost safety,” Prof. De Guzman said. “Two, learn what you can from this ECQ experience; and last, show your appreciation to our frontliners by sharing the TANAW video.”

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