Sunday, May 27, 2007

The most romantic song ever written for me is Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal by Ernani Cuenco. The lyrics and the melody really strike a cord whenver i hear it. I was fortunate to have been able to find an mp3 version of Ernani Cuenco's obra maestra in the Multiply account of Xiao Chua. I think he got the MP3 from the Dean of History at UP Diliman. To Xiao, thanks a lot. Many may not know that i am a Kundiman fan (aside from being an opera fan). I was able to gather from the internet a compilation of classic Filipino music including some hard-to-find Kundiman songs (I especially like Larry Miranda's "Sa Lumang Simbahan" ). I am glad that there are still many filipinos (sadly most of them are abroad) who share in my desire to be able to preserve Kundiman music for posterity.

The music "Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal" may be considered baduy by the present generation who grew up with love songs with a more upbeat tempo. They fail to realize the intensity, the emotion that goes with every line of the song. If only they could learn to appreciate real beautiful music.

I found the lyrics of "Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal" at http://www.lyricsdownload.com/ and i am posting it here for the benefit of those who like the music. Hope you like it. :D

Ikaw lamang ang aking iibigin
Magpakailanman
Ang pag-ibig ko sa 'yo ay tunay
Nais ko sanang patunayan
Huwag ka nang mag-alinlangan
Ang pag-ibig ko'y hindi kukupas
Tulad din ng umaga
May pag-asang sumisikat
Chorus:
Ang ating buhay
Maikli aking hirang
Kung kaya't kailangan
ng pagsuyong wagas
Kailanman
Ang sumpa ko sa iyo'y asahan
Ikaw lamang ang aking iibigin mapakailanman
Chorus:
Ang ating buhay
Maikli aking hirang
Kung kaya't kailangan ng pagsuyong wagas
Kailanman
Ang sumpa ko sa iyo'y asahan
Ikaw lamang ang aking iibigin
Magpakailanman