Since I've no good enough prize or freebie to give away this time, eto na lang: three fresh video clips from my collection.
It struck me that the musical moments featured here can be arranged to form a rough chronology of Filipino popular music. In Vid1, the divine Verni Varga sings a passionate Bituing Marikit, from the era of the kundiman, sarsuwela and Atang dela Rama. In Vid2, we jump in time to the '70s with the peerless Celeste Legaspi singing a gorgeous Tuliro (which I heard was an anthem of many Pinoy gay men of that generation). Finally, in Vid3, Lea Salonga offers no less than a summation of that time in the '80s-'90s when the theme songs of memorable Viva melodramas defined and enlarged OPM.
Come, hop aboard this impromptu musical journey. And wish me those next 200,000 hits!
Bituing Marikit by Nicanor Abelardo and Servando de los Angeles, performed at the concert Lagi Kitang Naaalala: A Musical Tribute to the National Artists held at the CCP. Beektur, because you love Verni to bits, this is especially for you.
Music and lyrics by Ms. Legaspi's husband Nonong Pedero, performed at the recent Rubies: Gems in Philippine Performing Arts, held at the CCP. Ms. Girlie Rodis, lifelong friend of Ms. Legaspi, this is for you. And Tuxqs--I know you're a huge fan, too, so enjoy!
Pinoy Pop Medley (Sana'y Maghintay ang Walang Hanggan, Kahit Na, Mahawi Man ang Ulap, Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin, Ikaw Lamang and Bituing Walang Ningning)--all songs by Willy Cruz except Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin (composed by Louie Ocampo), arrangement by Ryan Cayabyab. From Lea's concert Songs From Stage and Screen at the PICC. This goes most of all to the biggest Lea fans I know, husband-and-wife Mits and Bing.
Wait--actually, I'm not sure if Ikaw Lamang is by Willy Cruz. I've Googled several times, nothing definite there. Help?