Gilbert C.

Ibuka Mo Na (Ang Yong Mga Mata)

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Prior to releasing Ibuka Mo Na (Ang 'Yong Mga Mata) (You Open Now [Your Eyes]) in 2001, Gilbert C. (born Gilbert Circulado) made a name for himself by composing songs in the late 1990s and early 2000s for such Philippine artists as Manilyn Reynes and boy band Jeremiah. Six of the album's ten songs are ballads, the other four songs have spirit, and three of them, "Syota Na Kita" ("You're My Girlfriend Now"), "Kaibigan" ("Friend"), and "Magrock & Roll Ka Muna" ("You Rock'n'Roll First"), imbue the innocence of 1950s rock & roll. The remaining spirited song, "Basta't May Himig" ("As Long as There's Hymn"), is upbeat and melodic, and reminds one of now-defunct Philippine band the Introvoys. One rock & roll song, "Syota Na Kita," contains a 1950s-styled saxophone line and an introductory chord progression that sounds similar to that heard in Mitch Ryder's "Devil With the Blue Dress." The song is fun, and not meant to be cutting edge. Two of the six ballads use the melody of international songs over which Gilbert C. sings new lyrics written in Tagalog, the Philippines' national language. The title song, for example, uses the melody of Bon Jovi's "Never Say Goodbye," while "Naninigas Pa" uses the melody of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight." Gilbert C. has an average voice, but he instills much passion into his performances. He often sings in an unwieldy high register, but has more strength in the middle register, yet his sincerity makes the performances enjoyable.

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