NDP homecoming for Olivia Ong

This year's National Day Parade (NDP) will be a homecoming of sorts for home-grown singer Olivia Ong.

The 27-year-old had taken part in the parade in 1998, when she was part of a mass-display performance.

Known for singing the theme song of the hit Singapore drama series The Little Nonya, Ong will take centre stage as the lead singer of the NDP theme song this year, alongside seven-year-old Natanya Tan.

The song they will perform together, entitled Love At First Light, was composed and arranged by Iskandar Ismail, who is the music director of this year's parade. It was unveiled yesterday during a media preview of the NDP show at the newly opened Gardens by the Bay.

The song's lyrics were written by Mr Paul Tan, the National Arts Council's director of sector development for literary arts. The song takes listeners through a day in Singapore, and reflects on the Singapore spirit and identity.

Despite having lived abroad since she was a teenager, Ong felt that she could relate to the lyrics of Love At First Light.

"To me, Love At First Light has a message about the determination of Singaporeans in a young nation, (and how they) are trying to build their dreams and goals," she said.

While last year's NDP show was presented as a musical, this year's show will see the return of the familiar mass-display format, with giant props and costumes backed up by multimedia displays and projections.

Themed "Loving Singapore, Our Home", the 45-minute show aims to encourage Singaporeans to reflect on their love for the country.


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