Tinik" by Vicente Manansala.
In conjunction with Roger Whittaker (famous British singer, songwriter and whistler)'s first American tour in 1980, a major international song writing competition was launched, the "Children Helping Children", from the United Nations in New York through UNESCO. Children from all over the world were encouraged to submit lyrics and poems on the subject of promoting peace and understanding, the best of which Mr. Whittaker would put to music and record.
The contest attracted over one million entries from 57 countries. One composition stood out. It was written by a 13- year-old girl, Odina Batnag from Manila, Philippines. Young Miss Batnag was flown to New York and introduced to the huge audience at Mr. Whittaker's Radio City Music Hall concert where her entry, "I Am But A Small Voice", was performed for the very first time. The song has been released worldwide with all proceeds raised by sales being donated to UNESCO's education for handicapped children programme. That year also finished on a note of extreme triumph when Mr. Roger Whittaker received America's prestigious B'nai B'rith Humanitarian Award for his work with children.
You will see below the full text of the song "I am but a small voice". Simple child's words put together to create a winning composition that sends out a very powerful message of Hope, Freedom and Harmonious co-existence amongst all people in the world and a dream of a clean and unspoilt surroundings. A message of peace, better future and Love from a thirteen year old girl Odina Batnag.
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