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Maria Aragon jumpstarts 2014 with benefit single


Maria Aragon (YouTube)

She may be miles away from here but Filipino-Canadian singer Maria Aragon is one with the many generous souls who are giving back to the country following the devastation wrought by typhoon “Yolanda” in the region.

Three years after creating a buzz for her rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” the13-year-old singer has released a single to benefit “Yolanda” survivors.

“The song is called ‘United We Stand’ and basically it’s a song to give hope to these victims,” said Aragon in a recent interview with CTV Winnipeg.

Aragon’s manager Steven Nowack said that “United We Stand,” written by Naomi Striemer, Maria’s fellow Manitoba native, is the first song recorded in Canada for relief aid in the Philippines.

In an announcement on her website, Aragon wrote, “I am sending this song out to the world with love, hoping it will spread awareness and hope to many. All proceeds of ‘United We Stand’ will go towards the Philippines relief effort. We have the power to make a difference. We’re in this together. Lots of Love, Maria.”

The Highlights Choir

Maria Aragon with The Highlights Choir (YouTube)

Aragon recorded the song with two local choirs: The Highlights Choir, a Filipino children’s group, and the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, as seen on its music video (“Maria Aragon – United We Stand – The Song for the Philippines”) uploaded on YouTube.

“The whole Filipino community has been devastated by what happened in the Philippines and I think it’s only right that we come together and do something special meant for them… Even though it was pretty bad it could have been worse,” Aragon expressed in the same CTV Winnipeg interview.

“No matter what happens, no matter what bad thing happens, there’s always something positive that will come out of it,” she added.

The teen recording artist also expressed her admiration for the Filipino spirit during trying times.


Maria Aragon (YouTube)

“It’s very emotional and I guess, I couldn’t even imagine being in that situation and losing so much. Even though this terrible and devastating thing has happened, the Filipinos still came together. They have this incredible strength that really can’t be broken. Whatever happens we can be okay because we have that sort of faith and we have that bond and we have that strength,” Aragon said in an interview with ABS-CBN Canada.

She urges her fellow kababayans or fans all over the world to support her effort.

“Even though these terrible things do happen, we can make a difference and we can be strong for those people. Even though we weren’t affected personally, we can still be hope for them so that is what ‘United We Stand’ is all about and I hope that you guys please support the song and please send your love to the Philippines.”

In the same interview with ABS-CBN Canada’s Rhia Alcantara, Aragon’s mother Menchie shared how she felt about her hometown of Ormoc in Leyte being among areas destroyed by “Yolanda.”