Hope, humor and heart: National Day Parade 2022 is an ode to the spirit of Singapore

The show’s third chapter then paid tribute to families, a cornerstone of Singapore’s fight against COVID-19.

A video montage highlighted several families struggling with different struggles over the past two years, from one who helped their father come to terms with his diagnosis of prostate cancer to another who ditched a grand wedding ceremony for an intimate celebration at home.

To complete the chapter’s essence of returning to one’s roots for support, singers Jacintha Abisheganaden, Rahimah Rahim, Shabir and Liu Ling Ling each sang old-school hits in English, Malay, Tamil and Mandarin.

Titled Fight, the fourth chapter featured passionate performances from Singaporean rapper Shigga Shay and musician Elaine Khoo.

The rap, which mimicked a battle cry, had its fiery lyrics reinforced by the drums of the Soka Gakkai Singapore and the martial artists of Martial House. Audience members were also encouraged to beat their heart drums from their NPD funpacks along with the catchy beat.

Then the final segment of the film hit the screen, linking the lives of individual characters and displaying an interconnectedness that formed the foundation of Singapore’s resilience through the pandemic.