Jul 4, 2013

Himig ng Kalinga: When music intervenes

The urban jungle is going way too loud. We are constantly surrounded by all the different sources of noise from the moment you woke up till you hit the bed at night. Car engines, dogs barking, cellphones ringing, girls gossiping, children shouting, school bells ringing, drills in the construction site, you name it. It’s annoying already. And, whether we admit it or not, this lifestyle is making us sick especially our children.

What we need is something that soothes the soul. Something pleasant and encouraging. Something that can help us relax or somehow allow us to escape from this noisy environment. What we need is music therapy.


According to the American Music Therapy Association,

Music therapy is an interpersonal process in which the therapist uses music and all of its facets to help clients or individual of all ages  to improve or maintain their health.

A theory points to the ability of music to distract a patient from pain (painful procedure), anxiety and stress as it enables the patient to focus on something pleasant and encouraging.

In the Philippines, Music therapy has been existing since then, but  most of us are not fully aware we’re already using it, to excite our kids, to put our babies to sleep, to learn something fast, to calm ourselves and many other uses.

I remember when I took the board exam, one of our instructors suggested the subliminal sleep mp3s. It’s a relaxing music that when you listen to it, you’ll feel like you’re in a Spa. Water is flowing, birds humming, and the rest are so relaxing before you know it you’re already asleep. These non lyrical music with slow and flowing rhythm, I’m not so sure if it really helped me passed the exam, but somehow it purged some clutters inside my brain.  


Recognizing the Filipinos’ ultimate love for music and the benefits of music in improving health and healing, GlaxoSmithKline Philippines, Inc. instituted the Himig ng Kalinga program supported by doctor-recommended Paracetamol (Calpol) and in partnership with key hospitals in GMA and Luzon.

The program aims to bring appropriate and familiar nursery rhyme songs to in-hospital pediatric patients that will be performed by the program volunteers. An original song written by well-known song composer, Jimmy Antiporda, entitled “Gagaling Ka Rin” will also be taught to the patients and parents to further uplift the spirits of these hospitalized children.

GSK Philippines, through its doctor-recommended and mom-trusted fever reliever Paracetamol (Calpol), supports the use of music therapy to pave the way for the holistic wellness of every Filipino child.


Yesterday was the Media launch of Himig ng Kalinga, Music Therapy at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati. The program full of music was hosted by prominent TV personality Suzi Abrera.


GSK Calpol Chorale did a demo on how they present music therapy session to kids in the hospital. While we, pretended to be the kids, shaking our tambourines and shakers. lalala :)

The launch taught us the history and overview of how Music Therapy should be done. We learned that 30-60 minute session is suitable. And you have 4 pointers: define the need/problem, know the goal, think of musical activities that aligns to the goal and implement it, and lastly, evaluate. The instruments to be used are also of major consideration. It must be suitable to the clients needs. No rock, just soft music with simple melody- which I la-la-love most about it!  


Rochelle Gamboa, Group Project Manager-wellness consumer healthcare GSK Philippines Inc shared about the Himig Kalinga advocacy of bringing music to hospitals 


Miss Celeste Sanchez

Celeste Sanchez, a woman so dedicated to music therapy, was also at the event to share her fire about Music therapy advocacy. She’s a very noble woman, for me. Yes she’s old, even her way of speaking shows it but her heart and dedication is so strong I see a young spirit in her. She already earned numerous recognitions in and out of the country and I’m honored that I got to talked to her about my desire to share my talents with her.


Moi, Celeste Sanchez and Juan Hapito
When someone asked her, “What do I need to do to be a volunteer?”. She said, “first, your desire must be coming from the heart.” She also said that volunteers must understand the children/ patients. Plus, one has to memorize the lyrics, because you cannot sing it from the heart if you don’t memorize it by heart.
Also present in the event, Winnie Cordero, TV personality from ABS CBN

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