Friday, December 18, 2009

Exclusive video: the ageless music of Ernani Cuenco

One of the few things Erap did right during his presidency--make Ernani Cuenco a National Artist for Music. Here's a rare video of Rachel Alejandro, Nolyn Cabahug, Josephine Roces and Edward Granadosin singing five immortal Ernani Cuenco songs: Bato Sa Buhangin, Nahan, Diligin Mo Ng Hamog Ang Uhaw Na Lupa, Kahit Na Magtiis and his most enduring hit, Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal.

All four singers are first-rate, but Mr. Granadosin, in my view, impresses the most with a vaulting Kahit Na Magtiis (the beautiful lyrics, incidentally, contributed by Mr. Estrada). This medley, arranged by Ryan Cayabyab, was performed at the Kulturang Handog sa Bayan concert in 1999, a joint production by ABS-CBN and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Enjoy great Pinoy music.

1 comment:

feistyphi said...

if my memory serves me right, Ms. Menchu also performed in this event right? Siya po ba yung kumanta ng Magbalik ka na Mahal in this event?

This is so memorable kasi dito ko unang narinig ang Minsan ang Minahal ay Ako! =)

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