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Love in the time of COVID-19 playlist: 14 Filipino Love Songs with Poetic Lyrics

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Valentine’s Day may be a pointless social construct that is merely being used promote to consumerism. However, in this time of pandemic, when people are anxious and stressed over economic uncertainty and lack of competitive leaders as is the case for Filipinos, we could make use of the occasion to serve a meaningful purpose, such as: encourage the public to observe health protocols by spreading love instead of coronavirus; or better yet, rediscover the beauty of our national language.

Here are 14 Filipino love songs to listen to this season of love:

“Iisa.” Written by Gary Granada, this wedding song is a statement of commitment and uncompromising love no matter the circumstances.

“Panambitan.” An upbeat, modern serenade by The Jerks that combines poetry with alternative rock. Long may you rock, Chickoy Pura!

“Di Ko Kaya.” This charming song from the Bahaghari Tayo album was composed by Filipino reggae icon Popong Landero, aka “Kaliweteng Gitarista.”

“Damdaming Nakabitin.” A tearjerker by Asin about longing for a loved one. Composed by Noy Pillora.

“Kahit Kailan.” Levy Abad wrote this inspirational love song as part of the “Rosas ng Digma” album by Musikang Bayan.

“Babasagin.” Independent band Triangle Trauma surely knows how to appeal to the fragile heart with this captivating love song.

“Sirang Romantiko.” As the title suggests, this Put3ska song was beautifully written by Arnold Morales from a hopeless romantic’s viewpoint.

“Sa Iyo Lamang.” A rock love song from Wuds that transcends romanticism with its powerful message and lyrics, which was written by Bobby Balingit.

“Paano Mahalin ang Katulad Mo?” Cooky Chua soulfully sang this ballad as Lidy Nacpil, widow of Leandro Alejandro, for the musical play “Lean” about the life and struggle of the slain Leftist leader. Composed by Gary Granada.

“Pag Hindi Na Pumapatak ang Ulan.” Professor Joel Malabanan showed his great command of Filipino languange with this melancholic love song, which is a personal favorite.

“Ang Aking Awitin.” One of the finalists of the Second Metro Manila Popular Music Festival in 1979, this Bong Gabriel classic has been covered by different artists through the years.

“Ikaw Pa Rin.” A timeless classic from the queen of Pinoy rock music, Sampaguita. Written by Gary Perez.

“Pusong Bulalakaw.” Pinoy music icon Joey Ayala’s enchanting, albeit underrated, love story from the 16 Love Songs album.

“Ikaw ay Sapat.” This Musikang Bayan song depicts a revolutionary’s pledge of undying love in the midst of adversity. Music ang lyrics provided by Danny Fabella and Presto Suyat respectively.

Cliché as it may sound, but we can celebrate love and affection while appreciating our own music and language in the time of COVID-19.

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