Forgot your password? Remember me? It could be their catchy melodies, their relatable lyrics, or the memories they preserve that give them more value. Locally, we have tunes that continue to dominate the airwaves and trend on music-streaming sites. We're pretty sure they've been on your playlist for months, and you still can't stop abusing the repeat button! It seems these tracks are not going away anytime soon, so we might as well show more appreciation for their staying power. No doubt, it's the mix of soulfulness and romance that has made "Buwan" the standout song it is today. The Voice Kids alum Juan Karlos Labajo debuted his self-titled band, juan karlos, with the release of this kundiman -blues song. Not only did it mark Labajo's transition from a solo artist to a band frontman, it also showed his continuing musical maturity and evolution.
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Plenty — omnipresence, singability, quotability — but what makes a Filipino love song remarkable amongst all other love songs is hugot. Bear with me. Hugot: to yank out, to pull from deep within. Before the word was appropriated to mean watery slam poetry and Twitter tautology, hugot was the core of the Filipino love song. Lack is its animating, fundamental constituent. The beloved object is far from you, and so you pull the feeling from within yourself with even greater force. Hugot, as a process and not yet the product, is violent. While not all hugot becomes a Filipino love song, all Filipino love songs are hugot. The most admirable quality of hugot is that it is essentially avowal upon avowal, and the most admirable quality of a Filipino love song is its core of hugot: guileless in the confessional, sans irony, sans armor. Defenseless in its honesty.
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That word, hugot , expresses a sentiment at the heart of so many OPM love songs. It really evokes some very deep emotion for the listener. Most of all, though, OPM is associated with a breezy, sentimental ballad form that inspires everyone to join in. Even though OPM ballads are often performed with Western instruments, they have roots in Filipino folk traditions, like Kundiman—a style of traditional love songs known for mellow rhythms and dramatic swells—and the time-honored practice of harana , in which young men in rural areas woo their beloveds by serenading them outside their bedroom windows. Once a colony of the United States, the Philippines has long been influenced by American and British music. But OPM emerged during a time when Filipinos were making their own pop sound. To shore up and celebrate national identity, the government embarked on an effort to sponsor and promote Filipino music. Artists were encouraged to write songs in Tagalog, and every year they would compete in an annual songwriting competition.
Ray is a certified music lover. He was in a choir during his elementary and joined various singing competitions during high school. According to surveys, the Philippines is one of the countries where love and companionship are prominent. Filipinos are the type of people who would always look for songs that relate to their lives. They are obsessed with a certain romantic feeling, which occupies the whole entertainment and media industries in the Philippines. Most of the movies, series, and songs made in the Philippines are about love. Usually, official soundtracks from movies and TV series are the ones that are most popular. Here are the 50 best Filipino love songs in English from the '80s to the present. Background: This song is one of the biggest hits of Side A, a Filipino pop band formed in