Monday, February 3, 2014

She's both singer and song

"(T)here is something more than just living from hand to mouth and there is music and poetry out there." - Sumi Jo speaking about the way her mother raised her in an interview with

Sumi Jo smiles at her collaborating artist, Najib Ismail, at her first concert in Manila. Photo by Anna Leah Sarabia

An old departed friend, ever-green, ever-great in my eyes still, used to say, "Art is the greatest form of philanthropy" in private conversations, in public discourses. Sumi Jo is interchangeably artist/philanthropist. Thank you for the music and the memories again!

Being interviewed by the classical music station DZFE at Cravings Restaurant, EDSA Shangri-La Plaza

Viewing children's drawings at Tuloy sa Don Bosco Streetchildren Village in Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Bowing and folding hands to acknowledge girls and boys cheering her when she enters the village gym

She joins the kids in singing the chorus of "You Raise Me Up," the lyrics of the refrain returning to her naturally: "You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;/ You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;/ I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;/ You raise me up... To more than I can be."

When Ms. Jo is asked if she can sing just one song, she acquiesces but requests that the Josh Groban track be replayed while she hastily googles the complete lyrics in her cell phone.

One more time she joins the kids in singing and swaying to an inspirational anthem.

Freshly cut lettuce leaves make up her first bouquet from the Philippines. With her are Tuloy Foundation's Fr. Rocky Evangelista and the nuns who look after the kids. Photos of Sumi Jo at her Manila press con and her visit to the village by Babeth Lolarga

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