Philippine singer Aiza Seguerra's 2001 debut album, Pagdating Ng Panahon (When the Time Comes), surprised many in the Philippine music scene by becoming one of the biggest-selling albums for that year. Known in the late '80s and early '90s as a child star, her fortunes had slipped and she was no longer in demand for television or film appearances. But the success of Pagdating Ng Panahon, spearheaded by the hit title single, put her back on top, albeit in a different field. She returns in 2002 with Pinakamamahal (The Beloved). The simple easy listening music of Pinakamamahal is pleasant and soothing, but also less weighty than the music on the first album, which contained a number of substantive middle-of-the-road tunes, albeit quiet in nature as well. Although Aiza Seguerra's first album sold extremely well, she and the record label may be trying to doubly insure the success of Pinakamamahal by conforming even more to the Philippine marketplace, which often craves easy listening music by their local artists. The title song, "Pinakamamahal," is pleasant, if a bit predictable, which can be said for many of the other Philippine-composed songs. As before, there are several remakes of Western hits, including the Beatles' "'Til There Was You."
Share this page
AllMusic Review by David Gonzales