TOKYO, Japan (The Adobo Chronicles, Tokyo Bureau) – Move over, Lea Salonga. Here comes Lea with an “h,” Leah Navarro.
While Salonga may have recorded the theme song of the 2019 South East Asian Games, “We Win As One,” Navarro takes it further to the world stage. The aging singer has been chosen to sing the 2020 Summer Olympics theme song. What’s more, the Olympic Organizing Committee (OOC) didn’t have to commission a new song. Navarro’s 1980’s hit song “Isang Mundo, Isang Awit” has been adopted as the official theme music. (It was composed by Nonong Pedero.)
In naming Navarro as the Olympic songstress, OOC said the lyrics of “Isang Mundo” encompass the entire universe and the song is very appropriate for the quadrennial sports competition.
The Japanese Olympic Organizing Committee recomended the song because it already contains some Japanese lyrics as may be seen here:
Navarro was earlier reported to have tweeted that the SEA Games 2019 Organizing Committee should have chosen her song — instead of Hotdog’s “Manila” as the entrance theme song of the Filipino athletes during the Opening Ceremonies.
We she got more than what she bargained for. Mas sosi (more prestigious)!