Dahil Sa Iyo (Because of You)

This is one of the most well-known love songs in the Philippines. A favorite of Imelda Marcos, this song was the one she always performed for an audience. Mike Velarde composed the song in 1938. Lyrics are by Dominador Santiago.

The singer heard in this recording is Nora Aunor.

SONG LYRICS IN TAGALOG

Sa buhay ko’y labis ang hirap at pasakit
Ng pusong umiibig, mandi’y wala nang langit
At nang lumigaya, hinango mo sa dusa
Tanging ikaw sinta, ang aking pag-asa.
Dahil sa iyo, nais kong mabuhay
Dahil sa iyo, hanggang mamatay
Dapat mong tantuin, wala nang ibang giliw
Puso ko’y tanungin, ikaw at ikaw rin
Dahil sa iyo, ako’y lumigaya
Pagmamahal, ay alayan ka
Kung tunay man ako ay alipinin mo
Ang lahat ng ito’y dahil sa iyo

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Maalaala Mo Kaya (Song)

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Kuwerdas sa Aking Gitara

Matt Mannucci and Nikki Hiwatig

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Katakataka (Folk Song)

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Saan Ka Man Naroroon

This Tagalog love song’s title can be translated into English as “No Matter Where You Are.”

The singer heard here is Pilita Corrales.

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Kundiman Song

The kundiman is often called the classical Filipino love song. It is actually a musical form (parallel minor and major keys in triple time with verses each consisting of about 12 syllables). It is associated with love songs because it is the song form that most traditional Filipino serenades (harana) were in.

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Halik Song by Aegis

The word halik means kiss. In this song, the singer is plaintively singing that she misses her ex-lover’s kiss and asking why he left her.

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Harana, the Filipino Serenade

A harana is a traditional Filipino serenade. The man is accompanied by his friends who back him up both vocally and psychologically. At first, the woman’s window is closed. The man calls out to her and if she’s interested, she’ll open her window.

picture of harana

Haranahin mo siya.
Serenade her.

Haharanahin kita.
I will serenade you.

In the mp3 clip above, you can hear Dungawin Mo, Hirang.

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