On her official Facebook page, Rachelle Ann Go posted a video of her performance at the 2019 World Food Prize Laureate Award ceremony held in Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moine, Iowa, United States last Thursday, October 17.
In case you did not know, the World Food Prize is an international award-giving body that gives recognition to individuals who have contributed highly to the human development of improving the quality, quantity, and availability of food on Earth.
Rachelle revealed on her Facebook post that despite losing her voice a few days before, she was able to push through with her three-part performance. In the first part, she gave an amazing rendition of the Tagalog song, “Bayan Ko.”
After the song, she gave her address of gratitude, saying how proud she is of becoming a Filipino and how honored she was for being invited for such a previous event. She then spoke of her stint in the West End production of Hamilton, which prompted her to perform a beautiful medley of songs from her favorite musicals, namely “I Dreamed A Dream” and “On My Own” from Les Misérables; “The Movie In My Mind” from Miss Saigon; and “Defying Gravity” from Wicked.
After the medley, she congratulated the recipients of the awards given during the ceremony, especially 2019 World Food Prize awardee Simon N. Groot from the Netherlands.
“The 2019 prize was awarded to Simon N. Groot of the Netherlands for his transformative role in empowering millions of smallholder farmers to earn greater incomes through enhanced vegetable production, benefitting hundreds of millions of consumers with greater access to nutritious vegetables for healthy diets.” part of Rachelle’s post said.
“Thank you for coming to my country and helping my home,” Rachelle told Groot during the ceremony. “Thank you so much, sir. [...] Salamat po, Mr. Simon Groot. What an honor to meet you tonight.”
The international Broadway star also thanked everyone who made the event possible, especially Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn who told her that he loves the Philippines.
“We feel so close [to] all Filipinos and you made us tonight feel very closer to them. Thank you!” Quinn told Rachelle.
“I believe this next song is perfect for what we’re celebrating tonight,” she told of her last song of the night. “It talks about perseverance and hope, and I pray that before we leave this place, our hearts will be filled with joy and peace and that we will have the courage to continue to make a difference in this world.”
As Rachelle concludes her performance of “Rise Up” by Andra Day, the audience gave her a standing ovation for wowing them with her performance.
Watch Rachel’s full performance below!
PINOY PRIDE Rachelle Ann Go gets STANDING OVATION at the 2019 World Food Prize
EXCLUSIVE!!! International Musical Theater Star Rachelle Ann Go was specially invited to perform at the 2019 World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony, held in the magnificent Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines on October 17, 2019. The ceremony was broadcast live statewide on Iowa Public Television. Despite losing her voice just days before the ceremony, Rachelle Ann Go was able to push through and give an amazing performance. She first sang a Tagalog song, "Bayan Ko", gave her thanks, and then sang a Broadway Medley ("I Dreamed a Dream, "On My Own", "The Movie in My Mind", and "Defying Gravity"). She concluded her performance by singing "Rise Up" and received a standing ovation and extended applause. The ceremony rivals that of the Nobel Prize, drawing over 800 people from more than 75 countries. Each year, world-class performers take the stage to honor the World Food Prize Laureate. Past performers have included Ray Charles, John Denver, Chachi Tadesse, and Kathak Gunjan. The 2019 prize was awarded to Simon N. Groot of the Netherlands for his transformative role in empowering millions of smallholder farmers to earn greater incomes through enhanced vegetable production, benefitting hundreds of millions of consumers with greater access to nutritious vegetables for healthy diets Watch the full video of the ceremony here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1Rl5VbHcUo For more information on The World Food Prize, visit: https://www.worldfoodprize.org/ *** SHARE ***Posted by Rachelle Ann Go on Friday, October 18, 2019