Somehow, vocalizing things in the vernacular imbues layers of meaning to any given sentiment. It manages to portray the everyday state of mind, giving extraordinary nuances to the common thoughts of the general public. It speaks plainly, cutting through the uneccessary to unearth the heart of the matter while adding depth that the majority can relate to simply because it resonates with the way they communicate on a daily basis.
Filipino vernacular, when rendered into song, is beautiful in its rawness. It has an uncanny ability to strike a chord, especially for those in the throes of an emotional roller coaster. We've rounded up a list of alternative OPM songs that seem to perfectly depict the ebb and flow of hearbreak in some of its most poignant moments. Somehow, these songs have captured all those inexplicable feelings, putting to verse what the soul cannot vocalize. Read, listen, and relate!
"Sa Kanya" by MYMP
“Sa kanya pa rin bumabalik sigaw ng damdamin. Sa kanya pa rin sasaya bulong ng puso ko. Kung buhay pa ang alaala ng ating nakaraan, ang pagmamahal at panahon, alay pa rin sa kanya...”
Sometimes, love makes its indelible mark, making it difficult for anyone to move on after a breakup. In this song, MYMP captures how loneliness makes one's thoughts meander back to a past love, where the roaring of the heart returns again and again to shared moments, whispering of happiness that can only be found with the one they lost.
"Hanggang Kailan" by Orange and Lemons
“Hanggang kailan ako maghihintay na makasama ka muli? Sa buhay kong puno ng paghihirap na tanging ikaw lang ang pumapawi sa mga luha”
Distance can make the heart grow fonder, or, as Orange and Lemons croon, cause unbelievable pain. Being away from the one you love is difficult, where each second apart feels like eternity, the pain only assuaged by a reunion.
Akin Ka Na Lang by Itchyworms
“'Di naman ako bolero katulad ng ibang tao. Ang totoo'y pag nandyan ka medyo nabubulol pa nga ako. Malangis lang ang dila n'yan, 'wag kang madala. Dahan-dahan ka lang, baka pati ika'y mabiktima”
Despite its upbeat tempo, this catchy ditty delivers its own brand of feels. Coming from the point of view of someone who believes that they can love you better, it warns against slicktalkers who are out to break hearts.
"Oo" by Up Dharma Down
“Kahit tayo'y magkaibigan lang, bumabalik lahat sa t'wing nagkukulitan. Baka sakali lang maisip mo naman, ako'y nandito lang, hindi mo lang alam.”
In this haunting melody, the pain of unrequited love between friends is threshed out in all its naked glory. Up Dharma Down sings of how agony is revisited with each shared laugh, a fervent plea to notice the obvious.
"Wag Na Wag Mong Sasabihin" by Kitchie Nadal
“'Wag na 'wag mong sasabihin na hindi mo nadama itong pag-ibig kong handang ibigay kahit pa kalayaan mo”
What if the best of what you have isn't enough to make your loved one stay? Kitchie Nadal sings about the impossibility of not feeling the depth of her love, one that is ready to give everything, including her lover's freedom.
"Hiling" by Paramita
“Kay rami nang nagdaan na pagsubok sa ting pag-ibig. Kakayanin pa kayang mabawi pa ang mga nasabi nang masasakit na salita?"
Words are powerful, having the ability to deliver fatal blows that a relationship may never recover from, as illustrated by Paramita in this song.
"Kisap Mata" by Rivermaya
“O kay bilis namang maglaho ng Pag-ibig mo sinta, Daig mo pa ang isang kisapmata.”
Love can come and love can go. While the speed of recovery varies from person to person, it is often the ones left behind who suffer the most, as seen with how Rivermaya puzzles over an ex got over their relationship in the blink of an eye.
"Kailan" by Eraserheads
“Kelan ako lalaya sa anino ng pag-iisa? Mga rehas lang ang tanaw, nanginginig sa seldang maginaw.”
Waiting for love to be returned can be excruciating. In this song of courtship, Eraserheads sings of the dire need to be free of the shadows of being alone, as they shiver inside their cold cell, the shackles of loneliness their only view.
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