Jonathan Badon and Himig Singers of Davao City sing the theme for the Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN 2017 at the launching last January 15, 2017 at SM Lanang Premier.

ASEAN 2017

The song was commissioned by the NCCA with lyrics by National Artist and NCCA Chairman Virgilio S. Almario, and music by Josefino ‘Chino’ Toledo.

I.     ASEAN Spirit soar
      Above all frailties and boundaries
      ASEAN Spirit roar
      Against wars, pests, and miseries.

II.    ASEAN Spirit roar
       Against wars, pests, and miseries
       ASEAN Spirit soar
       To greater heights and victories.

III.    ASEAN Spirit free us
        From the tyranny of ignorance
        Release us, release us
        From the shackles of intolerance
        And help us, and help us
        Divine in united governance.

IV.   ASEAN Spirit soar
        Above all frailties and boundaries
        ASEAN Spirit soar
       To greater heights and victories

V.    ASEAN Spirit lead us
       To justice and the common good
       Transform us
       Into grains to feed, steel to build
       And re-rose
       Most precious diamond for the world.

      Repeat IV & V

Coda:

      Transform us
      Into grains to feed, steel to build
      And re-rose
      Most precious diamond for the world.

Visit the official ASEAN 2017 website () for more information on the ASEAN and the Philippine Chairmanship

(Video courtesy of Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines)/ Radio Television Malacañang – RTVM)