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Baka sakaling makita ki­tang muli Pagsikat ng araw, pagli­pas ng gabi Kung di pip­il­itin ang di pa para sa ’kin Baka sakaling maiba­lik Malaya ka na, Malaya

Story Be­hind the Song

Three days be­fore Year 2015 was to give way to Year 2016, Moira thought of mak­ing a list of New Year’s res­o­lu­tions. But she couldn’t be­cause, she ex­plains now, there were so many things she couldn’t let go of. And that made her feel bad as a per­son, so she in­stead came up with a song “as a note to self na you’re free na from all those ex­pec­ta­tions.” Thus, the line “Malaya Ka Na”— also the song’s orig­i­nal ti­tle.

Fast-for­ward to 2016: Moira was called in for a meet­ing with the team work­ing on the movie Camp Sawi. The team leader, di­rec­tor Irene Vil­lamor, had ear­lier made the teen ro­mance flick Re­laks, It’s Just Pag-ibig, whose theme song Moira wrote and sang.

“They told me nga na they needed a song,” she re­calls. “And ‘Malaya’ was one of the songs that I had in my baul. But it was, like, a song that I was never gonna re­lease. So when they asked me for that, I was like, ‘Here, you can take it na.’ And then, biglang it blew up, and I was like, ‘Hala!’”

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