Ogie Alcasid pays tribute to Pinoy composers and singers inhis new album The Great Filipino Song Book, released by UniversalRecords. As way of celebrating his 20th year anniversary in the music industry, Ogie put together 16 Filipino standards and performed them for onecollectible album.
Even if Ogie is himself a multi-awarded singer and composer,it was still a tall order for him to gather and interpret these beloved songsin his own endearing way. The CD's carrier single is his rendition of MarvicSotto's "Kung Sakali," which was originally interpreted by Pabs Dadivas. Soonto be a staple in wedding ceremonies is "Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin," the Louie Ocampo-JoeyAlbert original popularized by Martin Nievera.
Ogie's version of "Kahit Na" by Willy Cruz and a Zsa ZsaPadilla hit is among the most heartwarming tracks on the album.
"Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo," first recorded and composed by Rey Valera, featuresone uncredited back-up singer who shall remain anonymous for now. "Ngayon," composedby George Canseco, isjust one of the many outstanding vocal performances of Basil Valdez, .
The musical outburst of the ‘70s continues in The Great Filipino Song Book whereinromantic ditties such as "May Minamahal," "Bawat Sandali," "Doon Lang," and"Nais Ko," are given a new twist by Ogie.
The songs "Bato Sa Buhangin" by Snaffu Rigor and National Artist for MusicErnani Cuenco is one number that will appeal to listeners of all generations.
No anthology of great songs will be complete without the Florante hit "Handog,"which the folk singer himself recorded. The classic song is included in a lotof singers' albums and Ogie cites this song as one of his favorites.
Such romantic exuberance goes on with another George Canseco hit "KailanganKita," first recorded by Leah Navarro. Cecille Azarcon's "Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga," a Basil Valdez smash hit, will surely strike a chord among all lovestrucklisteners.
Also included in The Great Filipino Song Book is theJoey Albert hit "Yakapin Mo Ako," which was written by Louie Ocampo withdirector Freddie Santos. Rey Valera's "Malayo Pa Ang Umaga," which he co-wrotewith Angel Cruz, is well suited to Ogie's vocal range.
Another pop classic makes the cut. The song "May Bukas Pa" is a Rico J. Punohit that is given a different interpretation by Ogie.
All 16 songs have one thing in common: Ogie first heard them during hischildhood when he was only eight to ten years old. During his youth, it washard for Ogie to be able to relate to them but as he grew up, these classicsongs have become the theme songs of his life and his love life, just like manyFilipinos.
"There is one song that came out when I broke up with my highschool girlfriend," recalls the accomplished singer-composer. "Until now, everytime I hear ‘Yakapin Mo Ako,' tumatagos pa rin sa puso ko."Ogie Alcasid will celebrate his 20th anniversary inshowbiz with a major concert at the Araneta Coliseum on September 27. Hisspecial guests will be Regine Velasquez, Janno Gibbs, Michael V, and Jaya.
The Great Filipino Song Book is available in record bars courtesy of Universal Records.