DAHIL SA IYO (ORIGINAL VERSION) - Mabuhay Singers
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Uploaded on Sep 20, 2009
"Dahil sa Iyo" is one of the most popular Kundiman in the Philippines. It was composed by Miguel "Mike" Velarde Jr. in 1937. Rogelio de la Rosa sung it in the 1937 movie "Bituing Marikit". The original Tagalog lyrics were written by Dominador Santiago. Sung by the Mabuhay Singers under the music supervision of Leopoldo Silos. The audio is from a vinyl phonograph played and recorded via USB turntable.
ABOUT THE SONG
Miguel "Mike" Velarde Jr. composed "Dahil Sa Iyo" for the movie "Bituing Marikit", the first full length film by Sampaguita Pictures in 1937 starring Elsa Oria, the "Singing Sweetheart of the Philippines" and Rogelio de la Rosa.
One of the most popular examples of the genre of the Kundiman, this "classic Filipino love song" has been translated in many other languages.
Representing an earlier era remembered in nostalgia, it is one of the most popular songs in Tagalog, and a favorite in the Philippines as well as among Filipino communities abroad.
Its popularity in the Philippines is such that some think it ought to replace the current national anthem, "Lupang Hinirang," and that it should be played as such at a possible future state visit by American president Barack Obama to the Philippines.
"Dahil Sa Iyo" has become a standard on the repertoire of many artists performing Filipino romantic and popular music. Its canonical status as a classic Filipino love song was again confirmed by its inclusion on the 2004 runaway hit compilation album Great Filipino Love Songs.
The song is a personal favorite of Imelda Marcos, the wife of former Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos, who sang it frequently. In 2008 the song was still associated with her in Manila: "Suddenly, the heads of Peninsula Hotel lobby guests swiveled. Imelda Marcos had walked in. Without missing a beat, hotel musicians struck up 'Dahil sa Iyo.'"
Speaking of the song, its own composer, Miguel "Mike" Velarde Jr. relates: "Sometime in 1960 a famous US singer who made a personal appearance in Manila presented me a contract seeking authority to record 'Dahil Sa Iyo' in the States. The five figure offer was fabulous but I turned it down - simply because she wanted to change the title to an American title. I couldn't, and wouldn't sell the identity we are trying hard to establish. The merits of the song is its identity.'"
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