Gundam enthusiasts were surprised to hear a familiar tune during the wake of former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III last Friday, June 25.
The live broadcast was covered by state-run media channel PTV at the Ateneo De Manila University in Quezon City where the public viewing of his remains were held.
During the livestream, the original sound track of one of the most popular Gundam anime series, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, can be heard as an envoy of uniformed personnel brought the former president’s remains to the front of the church.
At the 3:38 mark of the livestream video aired by PTV, the instrumental track titled Kimi to Boku, Todokanu Omoi (You and I, Unfulfilled Feelings) can be heard. The song is composed by Toshihiko Sahashi and has been used several times throughout pivotal parts in the series.
That part of the livestream drew the attention of netizens for the interesting music choice. Gundam fans in particular were caught off guard by it and have expressed their amusement online.
my dad was watching a local news report about a former president's very recent death and he messages me asking if i recognize the music playing— Trofflesby (@Trofflesby) June 25, 2021
fuckers actually played literal Gundam SEED music to air on their nationwide live broadcast covering a president's death holy fuck lmao pic.twitter.com/h3Ggy5aAgE
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED first released in 2002 in Japan and was followed by Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny back in 2004. The anime also had localized distribution in the Philippines during the 2010s and aired on the Hero channel with a Filipino dub.