Sezairi dominates streaming charts in Asia with global hit “It’s You”

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After going viral on TikTok and subsequently charting on Spotify Global Viral 50 Chart where it peaked at No. 17, Singapore-based singer-songwriter Sezairi is currently on the rise with the recent success of his single “ It’s You .” A rousing ballad that showcases the journey of putting one’s fears to rest when it comes to loving someone, “It’s You” is part of Sezairi’s recently released EP, Undertones . “I had a lot of things in mind when writing this song but I guess the underlying theme is love,” the chart-topping artist opens up about the inspiration behind the track. “It’s like going on this crazy journey just searching for ‘the one’ and then having a sudden realization, and disbelief even, that you already know who you were looking for and that they were always there and will always be there for you no matter what. It’s also a sort of ode, a thank you to that special someone in your life.” The song is steadily climbing on Spotify Philippines’ Top 100 charts, ranking at No.

Oxfam, Microsoft partner to provide cash aid to COVID-19 patients


To scale up government efforts to curb the impact of the pandemic, international development and humanitarian organization Oxfam and Microsoft partnered to provide cash assistance to low-income families of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients in Quezon City.

Oxfam Pilipinas country director Lot Felizco said the cash assistance would be initially provided to 90 families in areas identified to have high cases of COVID-19, such as in barangays Batasan Hills and Culiat in Quezon City, which are under strict community quarantine.

“We shall use digital cash transfer through an electronic prepaid card to reduce the risk of virus transmission, and to manage a safe, quick, and transparent cash transfer. This also provides the affected communities more access to financial services, and ultimately, enhances their dignity,” Felizco said.

The cash assistance amounting to Php 5,000, which is based on the government’s Social Amelioration Program, will support families to buy food and medicines, as well as pay for their utilities and other essential needs.

“We are deeply invested in this initiative and the greater cause,” says Andres Ortola, country general manager of Microsoft Philippines. “As an organization we recognize the role and responsibility we have in making sure our customers, partners and communities are able to respond and adapt to the situation we’re all facing. Through Oxfam, we are able to live up to that commitment and deliver aid and assistance to the hard-hit communities of Quezon City.”

Aside from cash assistance, Oxfam and Microsoft will also provide hygiene kits, face masks, vitamins and health supplements to the families of COVID-19 patients to mitigate the risks of virus transmission in their families and communities.

During the distribution of hygiene kits, there will also be hygiene promotion sessions to contribute to efforts to contain the spread of the disease.

As of August 13, there are 8,240 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 5,756 recoveries in Quezon City with barangays Batasan Hills and Culiat among the areas with highest confirmed cases.

The project will be implemented by Oxfam together with the Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA) and its community partners in the two barangays.

Oxfam has pioneered the use of digital financial services in humanitarian response efforts. Since 2016, Oxfam and its partners have reached over 6 million Filipino families, as well as local micro and small businesses affected by emergencies in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Eastern and Western Samar, Marawi, Cagayan and Rizal, among others. 

Through this initiative, Oxfam and Microsoft hope to strengthen collaborative efforts among development agencies, the government, and the private sector to contribute to efforts to reduce poverty and vulnerability. (PR)

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