Celebs pick enduring OPM tunes that deserve reviving
There are songs that linger with you, because of either their catchy melodies or lyrics you can relate to. But there are those you just want to keep singing over and over again. If these celebrities could revive an OPM (Original Pilipino Music) classic, which ones would they like to record?
Julie Anne San Jose
If there’s an OPM song I could remake, it would be “Ngayon at Kailanman” by George Canseco. Regine [Velasquez], Christian [Bautista] and I actually did a medley of his songs in our “3 Stars, 1 Heart” concert, and I found his music really great—from the lyrics to the melody. The song is truly timeless, and it would be great if I could revive it.
My favorite OPM songs are “With a Smile” and “Huling El Bimbo” by the Eraserheads. I like the passion in those songs. I like the story vivified by Ely Buendia in the lyrics of “With a Smile” and “Huling El Bimbo.”
I’d sing “Narda” by Kamikazee. It was the first OPM song I remember jamming to as a kid. I remember how everyone in school would learn the riffs on their guitars and sing the chorus at the top of their lungs.
If I would record a song it would probably be the Apo Hiking Society’s “Panalangin.” It’s like relaying a special message to your loved one, so when you sing it yourself, swak na swak sa feeling na gusto mong iparamdam sa taong iyon.
Isabelle de Leon
“Ikaw ang Aking Mahal” by VST & Company is a classic. Other than the fact that I love its message, it’s also my mom and dad’s favorite song. I also want to rerecord my original composition titled “Sa Yakap Mo,” about the comfort provided by the people you love—it can be members of your family, a friend, your lover, a husband or wife. It can also be likened to God’s reassuring embrace.
Tina Paner’s “Sana.” If I were to sing an OPM classic, this would be the perfect song to sing, because I want war, strife and misery to end. I want nothing but love for the world.
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