Jamie Rivera's ‘The Jubilee Song’ was sung by the children in one of the scenes in the documentary titled 'Bunso.'
In the past couple of days, a clip from an award-winning 2005 documentary titled Bunso has been making rounds online.
The said documentary—which follows three boys, aged between 11 and 13, struggling to survive at Cebu City's Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center—gave its audience a glimpse of the effects on juveniles sent to prison.
Having received mixed reactions from netizens, most who have seen it turned emotional, especially in one scene where some of the kids went caroling for money while singing Inspirational Diva Jamie Rivera's "The Jubilee Song."
During the presscon for her upcoming Valentine's concert alongside iconic Filipino a capella group The CompanY titled Jamie In Perfect CompanY happening on February 14 at the Music Museum, the 52-year-old singer took a stand against having children sent to jail at an early age.
"Para ihalo sila sa mga mature na inmates, siyempre 'yung mga inmates na 'yun kawawa naman sila kasi mga bata sila. Hindi pa nila alam ang ginagawa nila. 'Di ba the more nga na dapat tulungan natin sila kasi kung naliligaw sila ng landas dahil 'yung foundation nila hindi maganda tapos ihahalo mo pa sila. Anong mangyayari sa kanila? Eh di mas lalong mapapariwara ang buhay nila," she stated.
Meanwhile, the singer, who admitted that she has yet to see the entire documentary, also shared what she felt upon finding out that her popular song became part of the lives of those children.
"I feel so emotional also. 'Yung mga bata, kinakanta 'yung mga songs na ganun—natutuwa ako dahil nakaka-touch pa rin hanggang ngayon 'yung song na 'yun," she said.
As of this writing, the viral video shared by a woman named Marielle Santos Del Rosario has already garnered over 3.6 million views on Facebook. It has also amassed more than 66,000 reactions and 150,000 shares.
Go to the 3:03 mark to see the "Jubilee" part in the video below: