MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Most are familiar with the hit song ”Do You Hear The People Sing” from “Les Miserables.” The musical was based on Victor Hugo’s book published in 1862. It is a tale of woe and angst, love, loss and redemption set in France in the early 1800s against a backdrop of revolutionary fervour. The name Les Misèrables means The Unfortunate Ones or The Wretched.
Well, the song has been adapted as a ”protest song” during the onset of Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippine presidency. The Tagalog version is titled ”Di Nyo Ba Naririnig?” (Don’t you hear?)
A new Tagalog version has emerged, this time in support of the Duterte legacy and in anticipation of continued and greater progress under a Bongbong Marcos-Sara Duterte leadership after they are elected president and vice president in May, 2022.
The original protest song, particularly that recorded by ABS-CBN artists and talents, has garnered some 269K views on YouTube, while the new version has already recorded 619K views, considering that it has gone public in just the last month and a half.
Here’s the new version: https://www.facebook.com/1041942862/posts/10223235601011961/
Or via YouTube: https://youtu.be/e-Ko6pIFXPo
Here is the tale of the tape between the two versions: