As devastating news of the massive fire engulfing Notre Dame Cathedral came to light, several videos showed a massive crowd gathering in the streets of Paris to mourn the damage to the centuries-old landmark.
The footage captured strangers kneeling side by side as they solemnly sang "Ave Maria" in unison, all the while watching their beloved monument collapse in flames.
The singing of Ave Maria in front of the tragic blaze of 850-year-old Notre Dame has an incredible sadness & beauty to it.— Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) April 16, 2019
I can’t stop listening. pic.twitter.com/IO5t7M4UPf
Ave Maria pic.twitter.com/lb6Y5XV05a— Ignacio Gil (@Inaki_Gil) April 15, 2019
As we Filipinos come to the beginning of Holy Week, this bittersweet act of unity reminds us that in times of sorrow, even music can break barriers and bring us together.
A Filipina born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Alyssa always has a story to tell. She is a writer by day, singer on occasion, ballerina by heart, and forever a musical theatre enthusiast. When she's not immersing herself in her Spotify playlists, you'll find her training to be a triathlete or being a full-time cool tita to her 9 nephews and nieces.