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This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

entry arrow10:49 PM | Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal

I'm not exactly sure what happened. But I can't stop listening to this song. It began that Saturday night when, at the end of their concert for "Harana" at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium, the ensemble from the Philippine Opera Company decided to do an encore. They chose "Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal," a popular Filipino folk song composed by the National Artist for Music Ernani Joson Cuenco with lyrics by Levi Celerio, another National Artist. They belted out the song as they roamed the auditorium house, shaking everybody's hands. The audience, at full capacity for the Luce, were already in awe from the concert itself: the result was electric. It brought tears to my eyes.

Since then, I can't stop listening to this song. The clip above is from Legaci, an acapella group from the U.S. Here's one more, arranged by international conductor Redentor Romero and played by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra...

I don't know why this song just speaks to me at this moment. Maybe because of its overwhelming drama? It is a song after all where the lover declares his undying love for the beloved. He assures the beloved that he/she is the only one in his life and assures him/her that his love will not fade, "tulad din ng umagang may pag-asang sumisikat." Ouch. So anyway...

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