Gloc-9's latest single, "Magda," is inspired by Freddie Aguilar’s “Magdalena”

Gloc-9 (in photo) collaborates with Rico Blanco for his latest single "Magda" and with Regine Velasquez-Alcasid for the song "Takipsilim."


After releasing his groundbreaking hit “Sirena” last year, Gloc-9 is set to captivate Filipino music lovers once more through his newest single, “Magda.”

“Sirena” discusses the struggles of a homosexual who experienced discrimination while growing up because of his gender.

The rendition is unconventional because Gloc-9 and featured artist, Ebe Dancel, make use of rap--a genre that is not usually associated with the third sex.

While other OPM songs about being gay often have a light-hearted and comic tone, “Sirena” tackles the issue of LGBT discrimination in our culture in a more serious manner.

As of January 2013, “Sirena” became the second most viewed OPM song on YouTube next only to rap artist Abra’s “Gayuma.”

Gloc’s sixth album MKNM: Mga Kwento ng Makata also includes the song “Hari ng Tondo,” which became the soundtrack of the Metro Manila Film Fest entry, Asiong Salonga.

Fans of Gloc-9 who loved his previous album, MKNM, will appreciate his newest album, Liham at Lihim.

Composed of 12 tracks, the album was released last October under Universal Records.

In theater, they say, “You’re only as good as your last show.” Consequently, for musicians, “You’re only as good as your last song.”

With this in mind, one can only imagine the pressure Gloc experienced while putting together this new album.

Gloc affirms, “Kasi po ang ideal scenario po sa 'kin ay wag isipin ang ‘Sirena’ kapag gagawa po ako ng bagong kanta dahil para sa 'kin, hindi po yun yung tamang diskarte.

“Pero at the back of my head, alam ko po na medyo mabigat-bigat na kailangang sundan yung ‘Sirena.’

“Siguro po katulad nung sinabi sa 'kin ni Jett Pangan nung minsang nag-usap kami…

“[Jett said], 'Every time you do an album and gusto mo talagang higitan or at least pantayan yung previous one, dapat hindi ka ma-pressure…

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“'Dahil kung ang intentions mo sa paggawa ng craft mo ay based on pagmamahal mo sa trabahong 'yan, bibigyan at bibigyan ka ng pwede mong isulat.'

“So I’m very, very thankful.”

BRINGING LIFE TO "MAGDA." In the music video of "Magda" directed by J. Pacena II, Jennylyn Mercado is featured as Magda while Alex Medina plays the point-of-view character, Ernesto.

Both Jennylyn and Alex were Gloc-9’s personal choices since he admires their acting skills.

Gloc-9's says about the actress, “Si Jennylyn kasi pag tinignan mo yung mukha niya, siya yung tipo na pag tinitigan mo, gumaganda nang gumaganda nang gumaganda, e.

“May mga babae na pag tinignan mo, ‘Uy! Ang ganda.’ Pero hanggang dun lang yun.

“Pero si Jennylyn, pag tinignan mo, habang tumatagal, parang gumaganda lalo.

“And may certain pain sa mata niya pag uma-act siya na feeling ko yun po talaga yung bumenta talaga sa kin.”

On Alex Medina, Gloc-9 pointed out, “Napanood ko yung [movie] niya na Babagwa, e, sa Cinemalaya.

“Honestly, ako po ay hindi masayadong nanonood ng mga Tagalog movies.

“Pero nung napanood ko po yung movie niya, sabi ko po talaga, ‘Sobrang galing nitong movie na 'to, a.’

“E, nakita ko po yung acting niya and hindi naman po ako masosorpresa dahil sa kanyang erpat [his father, Pen Medina], dahil sobrang galing din ng erpat niya.

“So ayun, tinry naming kausapin and sobrang accommodating and sobrang bait, sobrang cool.”

Gloc-9 admits that the song’s resemblance to Freddie Aguilar’s “Magdalena” is no coincidence.

He says, “Sobrang fan po ako ng song ni Sir Freddie Aguilar na 'Magdalena.'

“And isa din po yun na dahil narinig ko yung song, isang beses nagda-drive ako, nag-play siya sa radio. Sabi ko, sobrang ganda ng kanta na 'to.

“Natatandaan ko pa, nung bata ako naririnig ko siya lagi and lagi akong nag-eenjoy talaga pakinggan yung song—very, very, meaningful.

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“And I feel na yung song na yun ay sobrang ahead of its time so naisip ko na gumawa ng version ko.

“Pero hindi ko naman po maatim na pangalanan din yung song na ‘Magdalena.’ So nung s-in-uggest po nung aking may-bahay, e di ‘Magda’ na lang."

COLLABORATIONS. Gloc-9 also expressed his admiration for Rico Blanco, who did the vocals for “Magda.”

“Takot na takot akong tanungin si Co-rics [referring to Rico Blanco] before, e. Dati, tawag ko pa, ‘Sir Rico!’

“Pero nung nakilala ko siya sobrang cool and sobrang kalog na tao n'yan.

“Sabi ko nga po, kahit konting panahon lang ang ilaan sa akin ng isang Rico Blanco para sa kanta ko, very, very thankful na ko.

“Pero kung mapapakinggan niyo po talaga yung kanta nang talagang busisian, makikita niyo yung effort, yung effort na nilagay nung tao sa pagrecord.

“And yung voicings niya, nilagyan niya pa ng second voice yun. Siguro mga anim o pitong tracks ng boses niya po per chorus.

“And siya yung tipo ng singer na hindi kinakanta ang chorus ng isang beses at ipe-paste sa lahat ng parts.

“Kinakanta niya nang magkakaibang beses nang magkakaibang emosyon ang bawat chorus.

“So nahulog ako sa silya ko nung narinig ko siya. Sobrang galing. Sobrang galing.”

Aside from Rico Blanco, Gloc-9's Liham at Lihim album also features collaborations with Regine Velasquez, Kamikazee, Marc Abaya, Zia Quizon, and more.

When asked to cite his favorite song in the album, Gloc-9 says it’s a toss up between “Magda,” and “Takipsilim,” which features Regine Velasquez.

Gloc-9 explains, “Ayun po. Lagi ko ngang sinasabi sa misis ko na masayang-masaya ako at nakasulat ako ng kanta na pwede kay Ms. Regine.

“Sa tagal nang inilagi ko sa trabaho na to ay masayang-masaya ako na nakagawa ako ng isang kanta na ganun. Ang title po nung song ay ‘Takipsilim.’

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“Ito po ay tungkol sa kung ano ang gagawin mo, kung ano po ang dapat gawin niyo kung alam niyo na mawawala na kayo.

“Hindi naman po morbid. Actually, ano siya, e… Kapag narinig niyo po yung song, very happy yung arrangement and yung melody, very bagay kay Ms. Reg.

“I’m very, very thankful kay Ms. Reg na pinaunlakan niya po ako.”

Gloc reveals how intimidated he was by the prospect of working with Asia’s Songbird.

“Sa katunayan po, nung magre-recording na kami, nung sinabi sa 'kin na pa-park na siya, medyo nahiya talaga ko.

“Nagtago na lang ako sa likod ng pinto dahil hindi ko magawang salubungin siya.

“Hindi ko rin po kasi ma-picture yung sarili ko, since ako yung gumawa nung kanta, i-coach or i-instruct si Ms. Regine kung pano kakantahin yung song.

“Although binigay ko na po sa kanya yung kanta in advance.

“And, uhm, hindi po ako nasorpresa na pagbaba ni Ms. Regine, pagpunta niya sa studio, pinakinggan niya lang twice yung song and in thirty minutes po, tapos na siya.

“Sobrang galing niya, sobra. Wala yata siyang ni-record na hindi tama.”

Liham at Lihim is now available in leading record stores nationwide.

TRACKLISTING:

1. “Huminahon Ka” featuring Sly Kane

2. “Takip Silim” featuring Regine Velasquez-Alcasid

3. “KMT” featuring Eunice Jorge of Gracenote

4. “Magda” featuring Rico Blanco

5. “Rap Ka Nga”

6. “Kwento Mo” featuring Glocnine

7. “Tsinelas Sa Putikan” featuring Marc Abaya

8. “Siga” featuring Quest

9. “Hindi Sapat” featuring Denise Barbacena

10. “Katulad Ng Iba” featuring Zia Quizon

11. “Kunwari” featuring Kamikazee, Biboy Garcia of Queso, and Manuel Legarda of Wolfgang

12. “Itak ni Andres”


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