Google Philippines opened up the much-awaited “ber” months with an early Christmas gift for Overseas Filipino Workers across the world.
A new song by entitled “Miss Ko Na” was launched last September 1, 2015 at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. This was, of course, the day after the country celebrated National Heroes Day on August 31, 2015. The launching was successfully well-attended and it was pretty evident that everyone who heard the single was touched by its meaning.
Besides, “Miss Ko Na” talks about the most common things that OFWs miss so much about the Philippines – everything from eating halo-halo, watching telenovelas, or singing videoke with their buddies back home.
Popular Pinoy rock groups Itchyworms, Kjwan, and Spongecola along with solo artist Ebe Dancel (formerly the frontman of Sugarfree) and YouTuber Mikey Bustos collaborated to create the music and melody for the heartwarming song.
The lyrics, however, were crowdsourced from OFWs from different destinations.
Before the song was produced, the search engine giant launched the Google Miss Ko Na project and asked lyric submissions online. Eventually, the entries came pouring which immediately led to the completion of the track.
Ryan Morales, country marketing manager of Google Philippines, said that although many OFWs admitted bonding with friends and traditional Pinoy foods among things they miss the most, what actually received a lot of mention was their longing for their families.
52-year-old Rommel Laynesa, who works as an architect in Saudi Arabia, was able to attend the launch and he said that the song powerfully “encapsulates our longing for our family and friends.”
Many of the OFWs who have heard the single are hoping that Google will produce more songs in the near future. Morales, on the other hand, was quick to point out that the project “might continue” if “Miss Ko Na” receives a lot of positive reaction.
Asked about the possibility of having an entire album, Morale only answered “Potentially.”
Watch “Miss Ko Na” a song for OFW