By Amira Danica Pasion
Singer and online personality Donnalyn Bartolome is raising the flag of women empowerment once again with the release of her newest song “O.M.O.” (On My Own).
Looking closely at the meaning of the song, “O.M.O” explains that women can excel as individuals.
“I know so many girls are discredited of their own success,” Donnalyn emphasized in her Instagram post.
In the music video, Donnalyn shows her collection of different top brands to symbolize how she achieved such things because of her hard work.
“No man shall ever give credit to another man everything I worked hard to achieve.. unless he is talking about God,” Donnalyn added in her Instagram post.
As of writing, “O.M.O.,” launched on June 18, has already amassed more than 2 million views. And according to Donnalyn, the revenues of the music video will be shared with the creators.
Despite the success of the song, the singer admittedly said that she was hesitant towards her new track at first. She was doubtful about how people would react and might mistakenly understand the meaning of the song.
“On the surface, it might be too shiny for people to see that behind all of it is a woman who made so many sacrifices to get to where she is. Blood. Sweat. And tears,” Donnalyn said.
Besides this, the rapper shared how her negative experiences in the music industry have pushed her to continue advocating for women's empowerment through her song compositions.
“[N]ow I realized I’m not here to be liked, I’m here to be true,” the singer added.
The release of the music video, however, faced some difficulties as one of the scenes was detected by YouTube to present nudity. In Donnalyn’s defense, she said she was wearing a “full lace bodysuit with a bra.”
“O.M.O.” was not the singer’s first track to symbolize women's empowerment as her previous songs such as “Kakaibabe” and “‘Di Lahat” also relayed the same message.
In 2014, “Kakaibabe” was a hit as it showed that women should not be judged based on their physical appearance as every woman has a unique feature.
On the other hand, “‘Di Lahat” explained how women are commonly discriminated against by society.