Sponsored Children in Philippines Meet David Archuleta

by Martin Nanawa, ChildFund Philippines

Singer performs

David Archuleta performs for children in ChildFund Philippines programs.

Children in ChildFund Philippines’ programs and a few of their school peers received a special treat last Sunday when David Archuleta made a surprise appearance at a ChildFund gathering held at a local school.

Children from the Teatro Bu-bot [arm-in-arm] Children’s Advocacy Theater had prepared all week to mount their much-touted “Many Faces of Poverty” performance for ChildFund Philippines National Director Katherine Manik, and her unspecified guest.

Little did they know that the special guest would turn out to be none other than recording artist David Archuleta, who is in the Philippines filming a television miniseries.

Archuleta, now 21, who finished runner up in the seventh season of American Idol in 2008, teamed with ChildFund for his 2011 My Kind of Christmas tour. He is also sponsoring a child from Honduras, his mother’s native country.

Archuleta has developed a large fan base in the Philippines since his American Idol debut and through his three previous visits to Manila. Filipinos are highly anticipating the upcoming miniseries Nandito Ako, starring Archuleta and local talents.

Two boys perform in skit

The children's skit depicts the faces of poverty in their community.

His unannounced appearance on Sunday caught the children by surprise. Thrilled and starstruck, the children quickly recovered to deliver the program they’d prepared.

Archuleta fell silent during the troupe’s simple performance, which the children themselves conceptualized, articulating the different faces that poverty and disadvantage assumes in their community. The 10-minute skit is wordless, preferring to describe exploitation, vice and neglect through music, movement and expressive dance.

Masks partially obscure each of their faces as they depict society’s fevers, which are shed finally through the expression of children’s growing cognizance and assertion of their rights and responsibilities. The skit illustrates how children, their community and ChildFund help foster an environment conducive to the totality of each child’s life and identity.

David Archuleta sings for children

The children were starstruck.

Moved by the performance that he described as “amazing” and “powerful,” Archuleta took the floor in turn, regaling the children with an a capella rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water,” followed by an encore of Robbie Williams’ “Angels.”

Archuleta then spent time meeting the children in small groups. Though he currently sponsors a child in Honduras, Sunday’s gathering was the first time Archuleta had the opportunity to interact with children in ChildFund’s programs.

David Archuleta talks with children

Wonder what they're asking him?

The theater troupe, sponsored children and even the school’s marching band had time to ask Archuleta questions and share stories of what sponsorship means to them.

David Archuleta waves good-bye

A happy day for everyone.

With translation assistance by ChildFund Philippines Program Director Mark Dasco, sponsored children told Archuleta: “Please help us share the privilege of sponsorship with others, by inviting more people to sponsor [children].”

As the event came to an end, many children said they would long remember this exciting day. As he departed, Archuleta expressed his happiness at meeting the children: “Gosh, I feel so good today! Thank you so much for this experience!”

23 responses to “Sponsored Children in Philippines Meet David Archuleta

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  2. It would be awesome to hear David’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Angels” if at all possible. If video was taken and the audio isn’t perfect, please consider posting anyway as the message would still come across and be important. Thanks!

  3. Love this young man. I also am an avid “older” Archie fan as well. Very few stars today show their charisma by setting such wonderful examples of humanity that David does. And he sings so beautifully to boot. I so enjoy following as well as listening to David. It is a joy to behold.

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  5. An Angel will Always be an Angel…..Great jobs DAVID…and keep up the good works…!!!! Thank you for visiting here in the Philippines and wish you good luck….and GOD bless always

  6. He’s an amazing guy. That’s why I love him so much snice AI.

  7. gwapo nya

  8. Wonderful, wonderful article, but I just have to say that David just turned 21 last December 28, 2011.


  10. Thank you for posting this wonderful article. David continues to inspires all of us to be better people, just by doing what comes naturally for him.

  11. David Archuleta is one amazing person…how awesome he took time out of his working on a TV show to take time to visit the children of ChildFund! It was awesome that ChildFund also helped sponsor David’s last tour here in the US! David just spreads love wherever he goes and he is such a great role model for children 🙂 His music is always uplifting and he is such an amazingly talented singer/songwriter.

  12. This is why I, at age 65, am a serious fan. So is my 92 year old mom who hugged the daylights out of him at 2 VIPs. This young man is unique, not just for his voice, but for his example. He not only appeals to all ages, but all nationalities and genders..and he does so in humble fashion without the gimmicks and sensationalism usually associated with famous young stars.

  13. Reblogged this on ♫~~*HPfanRinnie's Rambles*♫ and commented:
    David and the kids are all amazing! Sponsor a child if you can 🙂

  14. One word: Amazing!

  15. David is 21

  16. ♥ 😀 Hermoso lo que hace un idolo como él *-*♥

  17. Love u David

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  19. He is a beautiful human being. Always so giving of himself. That’s why you are loved David!

  20. OMG,David is the Most Beauttiful person EVER.I’m so Proud of him since AI. Come to Brazil one day!! God Bless u David!!

  21. David Archuleta is such an amazing human being!!