LOOK: Switchfoot films music video in Tondo
MANILA, Philippines – Switchfoot rocked the streets of Tondo, Manila, as they filmed a music video for a single off their upcoming and yet-to-be-named 10th album while thrilled residents watched.
At their Easter Sunday concert at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, March 27, frontman Jon Foreman was quoted by CNN Philippines as announcing: "We go home in a couple of days to finish our 10th record. Thank you for giving that inspiration to us. We're filming the first music video for that record here in Manila." (IN PHOTOS: Switchfoot plays for PH fans)
Church Simplified organized the concert, and its director Bebo Bharwani also told CNN Philippines that the choice of filming in Manila was because of their link to the Philippines through keyboardist Jerome Fontamillas. "The band has always felt connected to the Philippines, because of Jerome. They were telling us how Manila ranks us number one – as far as social media followers [go]. And it would be fitting to shoot here."
Thank you Young Focus for graciously hosting us. Switchfoot had an amazing time playing for the community and meeting the kids. #SwitchfootInManila #SwitchfootatWalkway #ChurchCanBeSimplePosted by Church Simplified on Monday, 28 March 2016
Young Focus, a non-government organization working to give disadvantaged children access to education, hosted the band.
Members Jon and Tim Foreman, Drew Shirley, Chad Butler and Jerome Fontamillas also had the chance to interact, jam, and eat with the kids in the Tondo community.
Patrick Filart, the managing director of Manila-based production house ThirtySix-O Media – which helped film the video – told CNN Philippines, "Considering the heat, they seemed to have loved every minute of it. It was so nice to see them really engage with the community and make the experience as personal as possible. And it also seemed that the community felt the same way."
Switchfoot, which is known for hits like "Dare You to Move" and "Learning to Breathe," is widely considered to be a Christian rock band, and has previously toured in support of other humanitarian organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Invisible Children, and To Write Love on Her Arms. – Rappler.com