Faced with the greatest economic meltdown since the great depression, the ASEAN meeting in Thailand this week took the only logical action for Asian ministers: Sing a song.

With a top flight choir from the Royal Thai Navy and lyrics that only a committee of government officials could love, let history take note that the ASEAN anthem was unveiled on February 27, 2009.

Lyrics below or listen to the full musical version:

Raise our flag high, sky high
Embrace the pride in our heart
ASEAN we are bonded as one
Look’in out to the world.
For peace, our goal from the very start
And prosperity to last.

We dare to dream we care to share.
Together for ASEAN
we dare to dream
we care to share for it’s the way of ASEAN.

The song was chosen from competition by a committee of judges from each ASEAN country, as well as Australia, China and Japan. The winners, lyricist Payom Valaiphatchra and composers Kittikhun Sodprasert and Sampow Triudom, were all Thai and beat out 99 other entries to win $20,000.

Given the musical talent in the Philippines, surprising that a Filipino entry did not win.

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