This is a song composed by a famous Filipino- Chinese balladeer Jose Mari Chan. The country described is my very own Philippines, and the video shows the natural beauty my country boasts of. In spite of some negative impression we get from other nations, I hope it will encourage foreigners to come and visit our country which has so much adventure and pleasant scenic views to offer.
For my part, I put this as an entry because I clearly remember the dance steps and the costume we had for this during a high school program. Our PE teacher requested us to give interpretation for this meaningful song.
I could say I am not really that very nationalistic person per se. I mean I love the Philippines, but when I hear this particular song, I just get carried away by the beat and makes me more proud to be a Filipino.
Moments ago I browsed through an interview of Dustin Hoffman, on how he came to do the film Tootsie in the early 80’s.
Looking on, I learned that the theme song for the movie was It Might be You by Stephen Bishop. Well, another trip down memory lane, as I was very fond of this song when I was still in my teenage years for it was the theme song of my favorite local TV love team Peachy and Wacks. ( These are character names, FYI. Partly, this is what inspired my son’s name Wackie.)
My Sunday afternoon television viewing was made pleasant when HBO showed one of my favorite movies of the 90’s, The Parent Trap. The first time we watched the movie was in VHS format, together with my parents and sisters. I especially liked the story since it focuses on a universal theme which is about Family.
The film stars the 11-year old Lindsay Lohan who is very effective of her role as the identical twins Hallie and Annie, separated by birth due to the divorce of their parents. Hallie grew up in a vineyard in Napa Valley, California with her dad while Annie was raised with her mom who is a famous wedding gown designer in London, UK. Growing up without their knowledge of having a twin, both were astounded when they both went to a summer camp and discovered that they really look alike, and that they were indeed twins. They decided to switch places at the end of the camp so that each would experience what the other parent is like. Complications arise when their dad is engaged to very young publicist who is obviously only after their dad’s wealth, so the twins’ adventure to bring back their parents together has begun, hence the title Parent Trap.
While watching I was surprised as to how nice the soundtrack selection is in this particular movie. It includes Here She Goes by the La ( whose version I prefer than Sixpence None the Richer’s) the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun for the British scenes, L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole that I think is commonly used as a soundtrack in the romantic comedy film genre. Not to forget the Am I the Same Girl instrumental version, it’s called the Soulful Strut. I just love it.
To sum up, it was such a really feel-good family movie, and I don’t mind watching them over again.
In keeping up with my resolve to put in something everyday, this song I just heard this morning over the radio reminds me of the early years of my high school. No, it’s not that I recall the song based on a personal experience in similarity with the meaning, BUT because I had an argument with a female classmate over the words used on the song. Take note, we were debating during our gardening class when we had to plant leafy vegetables under a scorching heat. Well, MLTR was one of the famous bands at that time, even small kids like to sing their songs not knowing what they really meant. I was once hooked on following an FM station’s top 10 hits countdown every Sundays and my classmates and I would then talk about it when we meet for classes on Mondays.
Michael Learns to Rock songs have since then transcended the test of time, and now they are already considered classics and I think they have become a standard repertoire for those wanting to belt their vocal chords out out on a video karaoke. Personally, I don’t mind hearing their songs on a marathon every once in a while. I was a fan, and will always be.