Sarah Balabagan has come a long way from being the helpless teenage girl who was sentenced to die via firing squad in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) more than a decade ago. Thanks to the world’s media, the efforts of the Philippine government and the prayers of thousands of people, Sarah’s sentence was commuted and she was allowed to go back to the Philippines. After all, she was acting in self-defense because her employer wanted to rape him.
On Monday night, September 15, Sarah Balabagan launched her album, Salamat sa Iyo at the Church So Blessed near GMA7 at Timog Avenue. It was more than just a celebration of Christian music. The album speaks of the journey that Sarah had since she came back from the UAE. She related how she got the scholarship to study at the Center for Pop Music Philippines.At first, she was more interested in playing tong-its with the technicians of the Center for Pop Music than learning how to sing! Mr. Butch Albaraccin, President the Center for Pop Music, supported her throughout. They had to part ways though because of differences. After a few years, Sarah Balabagan came to the Christian faith through the efforts of several people including Dulce (the recording artist). In due time, she began sharing her testimony to people who care to listen. When she reconnected with Mr. Butch Albaraccin, both of them were already Christians and they were ready to join hands once again to serve the Lord together. After that, Sarah sang in a women’s correctional facility. Sarah was on death row in the UAE and that was definitely something that the women imprisoned there could relate to.Sarah and Dulce became very good friends. And before long, Dulce helped Sarah grow further in her newfound faith. She even gave a song number at Sarah’s debut album launching! It was touching to see these two women share stories of friendship and faith.Sarah’s songs reflected her experience as a Filipino worker in a foreign land. She calls on Filipinos to be proud of their heritage. You could hear and feel the gratitude and Filipino pride in the songs she sang. With what she went through and where she is now, God has truly blessed her life.Sarah’s album was launched by Gusi Records and is available in major record stores in the country. Another thing, if you buy her album, 10% of the proceeds will go to the foundation that Sarah will put up to minister to Overseas Filipino workers!I attended Sarah Balabagan’s debut album launching because I represented the Christian Radio, The Edge. If you want to listen to positive music with a powerful message, just tune in to The Edge Radio.More pics at www.iammighty.multiply.com