Side A

Ang Ating Awitin

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The nostalgia craze also affects the Philippines, and a number of albums here feature remakes of well-known local songs. One of them is Ang Ating Awitin (Our Song), by popular band Side A, on which the band performs revivals of ten time-honored local evergreens. Soft, pleasant music is very popular in the Philippines, and the music on Ang Ating Awitin is soothing. One song that resounds with depth is the remake of Freddie Aguilar's cherished "Anak," a warm, beautiful ballad for which he won the Metro Manila Song Festival award in 1978. One of the sprightlier songs is "Manila," which has a catchy melody and chorus, making it easy to remember. Side A also performs the Wency Cornejo-composed mid-'90s "Habang May Buhay" (While Still Alive), which is now in the pantheon of beloved Philippine compositions. Another nice song is the reflective "Sa Ugoy Ng Duyan" (The Sway of the Swing), which features a delicate, tender melody, and tells of a young woman's remembrances of swaying in a swing gently rocked by her mother, and is often used as a lullaby to put children to sleep.