Eunikkoh Castillo

Programm Assistant, FNF Philippines
Feature15.06.2018
Eunikkoh Castillo

Because of fear of rejection, I used to hold back from expressing my opinions. I would rather keep my views to myself, especially on political issues. Music has played an important role in overcoming this fear. As cliché as this may sound: I sing to express not to impress. When a colleague offered to make a music video of me singing a Filipino version of Les Miserables' "Do You Hear the People Sing", I knew I had to do it for two reasons: 1) I am a big fan of th eplay, and 2) I was going to sing it for a purpose - to defend freedom, human rights and democracy, now that they are being challenged. The video was posted on Facebook and went viral. It was also featured in major online news outlets in the Philippines. Offline my voice led thousands of street protesters in a rally against the return of authoritarian rule. This taught me to embrace freedom of expression and that you don't need a big name to make a difference. Staying true to yourself is the only thing you need.

 

Here you can find Eunikkohs video of "Do You Hear the People Sing": https://www.facebook.com/narwin.espiritu/videos/10155680522979509/UzpfST...