People are glued nightly to ABS-CBN’s teleserye, Tayong Dalawa (The Two of Us).
The first time I heard that song was many years ago, and it was sung by Rey Valera (the vid below probably contains scenes from the I Love New York [or is it I Luv New York?] soap starring Jennylyn Mercado and Mark Herras, circa 2006):
Source: Tayong Dalawa
There’s something about the Tagalog lyrics of those Rey Valera songs that touches everyone, young and old, rich or poor.
kapwa lumuluha kapwa nasasaktan (we’re both crying, we’re both hurting)
bakit tinitikis parin ang isat isa (why do we deliberately hurt each other?)
lagi na lamang bang ganito ang buhay natin (will our lives always be this way?)
di na matitiis paghihirap ng dibdib (can no longer bear this hardship)
sanay nadarama mo rin ang paghihirap ko (i hope you, too, feel my suffering)
at sanay pakinggan ang pakiusap ko sayo (and listen to my plea)
hindi ko na hinahangad ang yaman sa mundo (i no longer yearn for worldly riches)
pagmamahal mo lang ang tanging hinahanap ko (the only thing i’m searching for is your love)
maaari bang sanay patawarin mo ako (could you please forgive me)
pagkat tayong dalawa ay sa isat isa (for the two of us are for one another)
[Yes, I know something is lost in the translation…] 😉
di na matitiis paghihirap ng dibdib
sanay nadarama mo rin ang paghihirap ko
at sanay pakinggan ang pakiusap ko sayo
hindi ko na hinahangad ang yaman sa mundo
pagmamahal mo lang ang tanging hinahanap ko
maaari bang sanay patawarin mo ako
pagkat tayong dalawa ay sa isat isa
Anyway, here’s Gary Valenciano singing his version of Tayong Dalawa
Source: Tayong Dalawa Office Music Video
Now where are those old Rey Valera cassettes? 🙂
Mr. Valera has won countless awards as performer and composer, but it is the universal acceptance of his music that he can be most proud of. Even today, a few lines of his music command instant recognition. “Ate, si Rey Valera po iyan, no?” my son’s nanny said, three seconds after coming in the room. Even my next-door neighbor mentioned that she heard the strains of Rey Valera seeping through the cracks of our windows. Instant recognition – proof that Mr. Valera’s music endures time and age, touching your heart long after you’ve stopped listening.
Touching your heart
By: Jennifer O. Cuaycong | BusinessWorld
6 January 2006
Someone posted that Rey Valera wrote his songs in St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Meycauayan, Bulacan. Haven’t found any confirmation about this, though.