As Star Cinema releases commemorative album “Star Cinema 20” for its 20th anniversary, the film outfit wants to share the spirit of nostalgia to fans of local movies by compiling the most memorable theme songs from the best movies of Star Cinema.
“Star Cinema 20” Over-all Music Producer Jonathan Manalo shares his four favorite picks among the songs in the album.
The first on his list is “Kailangan Kita,” from the same movie title starring Aga Muhlach and Claudine Barretto. This song was written by Ogie Alcasid and interpreted by Gary Valenciano.
"For me, kung merong original na love song na sobrang laki ng contribution ng Star Cinema sa canon of memorable, timeless OPM hits, 'Kailangan Kita,'” he says. “Etong song na 'to, handpicked ni Tita Malou for that movie, na hanggang ngayon, natatandaan pa 'yung kanta."
He further adds, “Isa siyang evergreen OPM love song at the same time, isa siyang memorable hit ng Star Cinema at alam mong galing sa Star Cinema.”
Meanwhile, “A Very Special Love” came next on the producer’s list.
“Kasi ang daming naka-relate sa story ni Laida,” Jonathan explains. “It started the whole trilogy, na sobrang naging phenomenal para sa Star Cinema at para sa career ni Sarah Geronimo.”
He further adds, “It marked that chapter sa career ni Sarah na hindi makakalimutan ng tao. At 'yung song sobrang kumonek sa love story na hindi makakalimutan talaga."
The third one on Jonathan’s list is “I’ll Never Go” of “One More Chance,” sung by Erik Santos.
“Kahit hindi mo pinagdaanan 'yung story nina Popoy at Basha, pag pinanood mo, sobra kang makaka-emphatize sa storya nila, talagang madadala ka,” says Jonathan. “Yung themesong, tumatak na rin sa love story ng “One More Chance” at ang dami pa ring hindi makaget over sa movie at paulit-ulit na pinapanood.”
The producer recalls how he and Erik transformed this traditional band song of Nexxus into a power ballad. “Gustong-gusto ko kung paano namin siya binali kasi very cinematic 'yung treatment at na-transform talaga 'yung kanta, na akala ng maraming tao original singer 'nun si Erik,” he enthuses.
Last but not the least, "Starting Over Again,” performed by Lani Misalucha, got in to Jonathan’s list of favorites.
He says, “Dahil this is Lani Misalucha's first theme song na kinanta for a Star Cinema movie.”
“At the same time, malapit sa akin ang mga artista rito – close friend ko sina Piolo at Toni,” he adds. “Sobrang ganda ng movie na ginawa nila, under the direction of the one and only Inang Olive Lamasan."
He explains that the message of the theme song fitted the story of the film perfectly.
“Yung interpretation ni Lani Misalucha, ibang klase talaga, dinala niya 'yung song into another level,” Jonathan adds. "Yung pelikula rin naman isa into another level talaga.”
How about you? What is your favorite pick among the songs? Comment away!
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Meanwhile, get to know how ‘Star Cinema 20’ was produced. Read here.
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