Concert, Music, Politics

Where is the love?

“What’s wrong with world?”

“Can you practice what you preach?”

“Would you turn the other cheek?”

“Is the world insane?”

“If love and peace are so strong, then why are there pieces of love that don’t belong?”

“Is the lovin’ really gone?”

“What is goin’ wrong?”

“Whatever happened to the values of humanity?”

“Whatever happened to the fairness and equality?”

“Where’s the truth?”

These were the questions we heard during the live performance of Black Eyed Peas at One Love Manchester, a charity concert dedicated to the victims of the suicide bombing outside Ariana Grande’s concert in the city last month.

The Black Eyed Peas with Ariana Grande singing “Where is the Love?” during the One Love Manchester charity concert
The Black Eyed Peas with Ariana Grande singing “Where is the Love?” during the One Love Manchester charity concert

As a guy living in the Philippines, I have witnessed how some well-known personalities have influenced my fellow Filipinos to spread hatred on social media. Political views have divided country. Most of us forget how to respect one other’s opinion.

What I have noticed about the political war through social media was the supporters of our president, Rodrigo Duterte, are more aggressive compared to the “Dilawans” — the supporters of the Liberal Party where Vice President Leni Robredo is a member.

Dutertard versus Dilawan | Editorial from Get Real Philippines
Dutertard versus Dilawan | Editorial from Get Real Philippines

In every Facebook updates that include the member of the Liberal Party, readers should expect the raging Angry Reactions that may greet them, especially during the live broadcast. Hence, it is safe to say that our country is currently living in abomination.

Vice President Leni Robredo during her live Facebook broadcast with ANC
Vice President Leni Robredo during her live Facebook broadcast with ANC

After almost a year since the animosity has started in our country, I have just witnessed one of the greatest moments in the modern world that I will definitely treasure for as long as I live. The One Love Manchester concert has finally answered the question that could summarized the problems stated above — “where is the love?”

One love

For me, the Black Eyed Peas’ performance with Ariana was the momentum of the concert. The band was looking for the missing love while millions of people around the world answered them by showing their support to the charity concert.

STRONG: Screenshot of people who stand together for One Love Manchester concert
STRONG: People stand together for One Love Manchester concert | Screengrabbed from Ariana Grande’s official Facebook page

The 50,000+ strong people standed together and showed the world that we will not be stopped or hide in fear. The charity concert proved that we could sing out loud with joyful voices in the face of all the hate as long as we stick together as one.

UNITED: People making the heart shape gesture to show that love does still exist
UNITED: People making the heart shape gesture to show that love does still exist | Screengrabbed from Ariana Grande’s official Facebook page

The One Love Manchester event made me feel so blessed that there is such a sense of hope and beauty in the world. I still can’t believe that most of the human races came together to show just what we can do in the face of threats and uncertainties.

UNITED: People making the heart shape gesture to show that love does still exist
UNITED: People making the heart shape gesture to show that love does still exist | Screengrabbed from Ariana Grande’s official Facebook page

I can go to sleep tonight knowing my little brother might have some hope of growing up in the world with some beautiful people minus monsters. Who would have thought that after 14 years since we heard “Where is the Love?”, the mysterious question has finally found its answer?

Taboo making heart shape gesture as the views for the live broadcast climed to 535,000 views
Taboo making heart shape gesture as the views for the live broadcast climed to 535,000 views | Screengrabbed from Ariana Grande’s official Facebook page

Love is hidden within ourselves. We do not feel it sometimes, but once it was awakened, it can absolutely change everything. Regardless of faith, nationality or color, love will always make us better and stronger. Love always wins and will always be.

Watch the full performance below:

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