“Sa mga hindi nakakilala sa akin ako po si Janno Gibbs. Sikat po ako dati.” (For those who do not know me, my name is Janno Gibbs and I used to be popular).”
These were the words of singer and comedy actor Janno Gibbs on the very first video uploaded on his YouTube channel called JGTV- Janno Gibbs TV. It sent me on a laugh trip and reminded me he never lost his touch in making people laugh.
Janno was a star in the ‘80s. He has a popular remake of “Ipagpatawad Mo” which he turned into parody song on JGTV. The lyrics go: “Ipagpatawad mo, kung nangangapa ako, Pagpasensiyahan, niyo na lang ang lolo niyo. Alam ko ang pinasok ko’y makabagong mundo….” (Forgive me, I’m still finding my way around here, Please give this grandpa a break, This is all quite new to me…)
He has songs about current events and pop culture. Janno sings about a public servant who, despite having COVID-19, breaks protocol and enters a hospital; TikTok-ers during the pandemic; rules on wearing masks and social distancing in public; the franchise renewal issue of ABS-CBN and the reaction of Kapamilya star Coco Martin; utility bills, and more.
The celebrity also sings about frontliners, including Angel Locsin who has done so many good things to people during the pandemic.
Indeed, Janno Gibbs TV is a good watch (except for the part he reminded me of my Meralco bill, arrgh!)
Another good watch is the video for the new song “Dance & Sing” (Basta’t May Social Distancing), written, produced and released on YouTube by ‘80s star Randy Santiago. I enjoyed his work because I, myself, grew up on ‘80s music.
Comedy is a welcome breather at this time that many people are drained financially, emotionally, spiritually, due to the pandemic.
If you relate to this, may these words from Debarup Mukherjee’s “The Sky is Clearing” uploaded on YouTube inspire you:
“Today, a hotel in the west of Ireland is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound. Today, a young woman I know is busy spreading flyers with her number through the neighbourhood so that the elders may have someone to call on. Today, churches, synagogues, mosques and temples are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary.
“All over the world, people are slowing down and reflecting. So, we pray and we remember that, yes, there is fear but there does not have to be hate. Yes, there is isolation but there does not have to be loneliness. Yes, there is panic buying but there does not have to be meanness. Yes, there is sickness but there does not have to be a disease of the soul.
“Yes, there is even death but there can also be a rebirth of love. Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.”