Moira dela Torre cel­e­brates OPM by singing a Rey Valera orig­i­nal

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Moira dela Torre re­mem­bers her Lola Lucy as she sings Rey Valera’s “Naaalala Kita”.

Moira dela Torre is the first OPM artist to top Spo­tify’s Top 50 PH charts, the most fol­lowed artist in the Philip­pines, and the # 1 artist to be streamed in 2018. She be­gins the new year on a roll, this time as part of Spo­tify OPM ’s flag­ship playlist:Tatak Pi­noy.

“OPM is OPM. What­ever gen­er­a­tion you come from, what­ever the genre, what­ever lan­guage you choose to write or sing your songs, any­thing Fil­ipino al­ways has heart to it,” Moira shar ed.

When asked how does one keep OPM go­ing, the singer sim­ply an­swered, “Just to keep lov­ing it.”

She then added, “We’ve al­ways been so ac­cus­tomed to think­ing that the braver thing to do is to find so much to do, put it on your plate, and end up feel­ing so over­whelmed. You feel like you’re al­ways try­ing to save some­thing.

“What I’ve learned in the past year is that there are things that don’t need sav­ing, and OPM is not some­thing you save. It’s so vi­brant. It’s right there. I could say so many sug­ges­tions on how to keep OPM go­ing, but re­ally, it’s just to keep lov­ing it. There’s so many ways to love some­thing or some­one,” she ex­plained.

In­deed, there are many ways to love OPM, and Moira’s ren­di­tion of a Rey Valera clas­sic will have lis­ten­ers re­call­ing love a dif­fer­ent way. At the launch of Spo­tify Jams: OPM Love Songs, Moira did a cover of “Naaalala Kita,” giv­ing a pen­sive twist to it.

“I thought it was just a love song,” Moira re­lated. But in one record­ing, as she was go­ing over the lyrics, she saw the line “sa ak­ing mga alaala”, and re­al­ized that it was about some­thing deeper. “It means ‘in my mem­o­ries.’It means that the love that he was talk­ing about was some­thing from afar.”

This re­al­iza­tion brought to mind the love she has for her grand­mother. She was Moira’s sup­porter and in­spi­ra­tion. Moira’s Lola Lucy passed away in 2017, and the singer still holds her mem­ory close to her heart.

“You know how grief comes in waves? I’m still griev­ing my lola’s death,” she ad­mit­ted. “It dawned on me that it was ac­tu­ally a sad song, so the ap­proach went from a love song to a sad one.”

Join­ing the cam­paign are other artists such as Ben & Ben, Juan Kar­los, Silent Sanc­tu­ary, Sarah Geron­imo, and IV of Spades. They re­live OPM clas­sic love songs by in­cor­po­rat­ing their own dis­tinct sound.

There’s some­thing to look for­ward to ev­ery week of the love month! Check out the re­lease dates of cov­ers by your fa­vorite OPM ar t i st s:

Fe­bru­ary 8: Moira dela Torre and Juan Kar­los Labajo

Fe­bru­ary 14: Sarah Geron­imo and Silent Sanc­tu­ary

Fe­bru­ary 22: Ben & Ben and IV of Spades

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