Nonoy Zuniga

Init Sa Magdamag

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Smooth and easy is the word on Init Sa Magdamag (Heat from Morning to Morning), which compiles songs performed by Nonoy Zuniga on three of six albums he recorded in the 1980s for the now defunct Telesis Records. Another "best of" album, Never Ever Say Goodbye, collects material from the three other albums recorded during the same time period. The material on Init Sa Magdamag comprises smooth easy listening and middle-of-the-road love songs, styles of music quite popular in the Philippines. The ballads feature simple, easy-to-absorb melodies, with some lyrics written in English and some written in Tagalog, the Philippines' national language. It's easy to imagine American crooners Perry Como or Vic Damone singing much of the material here, including such tunes as "Just Tonight" and "Nang Minsan Lang" (Only Sometime). Another song, "Live for Love," seems tailor-made for Matt Monroe. There are also a few glitzy, showbiz-style numbers, including "Friends or Lovers" and "Fill Up the Night With Music," which Jack Jones might sing at a beauty contest. There is, in fact, a Jack Jones medley as well. Nonoy Zuniga puts forth competent, smooth performances on all the songs, which makes the schmaltzy material easier to digest.