Known for their breezy sentimental music, the legendary vocal group The Company brings listeners another song that will tug right at the heartstrings. Moy Montiz, Annie Quintos, Sweet Plantado and OJ Mariano talked about their new single titled “Sumakabilang Puso” in this edition of Kapamilya Chat.
The singing ensemble’s smooth harmony and lasting success after more than 30 years can be said grounded on a solid friendship. They genuinely care for each other just as how they did during the pandemic. “Kailangan namin alagaan ang isa’t isa para lumakas kami as a group. Hindi kami nagkulang sa pag-alaga sa isa’t isa, check up on each other and each other’s families,” said Sweet.
Apart from having a strong support system, they also held on to their faith during tough times. Moy further stressed that there are good and bad days but you just have to be authentic in dealing with both. Look for what makes you happy as well.
“There is no shame in finding places kung saan ka makakahanap ng either places of bliss and joy because an empty well cannot give water. You have to fill the well,” he said.
The Company knows relief can be found in music, so they didn’t stop creating more for their listeners. They just released a new single “Sumakabilang Puso” which, as the title suggests, is for those grieving over the ‘death’ of a relationship.
“Pagdadalamhati sa isang pag-ibig na pumanaw, na sinubukan mong ipaglaban, sinubukan mong buhayin pero wala talaga, eh,” OJ explained.
The ‘saksak-puso’ piece written and composed by Jungee Marcelo will hurt for real. At the same time, it’s the kind of music that even those happily in love will listen to. “Nakikiramay kami sa mga pusong masakit, mga nawalan ng pag-ibig or chance they thought was going to be forever. Pero kung hindi ka naman heartbroken, gusto namin ma-enjoy n’yo lang ‘yung music,” Annie added.
Sweet took on the director’s chair for the song’s music video, which was inspired by the Filipino culture of mourning. In the music video, candles were lighted up, a symbol of grieving over a love lost to someone else or just any kind of heartbreak; and of the heart’s deepest petitions.
Sweet opted for a simple concept, keeping in mind the techniques she learned from years of performing in theater. “Sa bahay lang namin ‘yan. Wala kaming isang venue. I just gave the group their specific shots, where to shoot, alam naman namin ang bahay ng isa’t isa. Then, maraming kandila para marami lang ‘yung visuals. Lighting of the candle first, then, blowing of the candles in the end. It’s very simple pero hopefully may tama. Less is more,” she shared.
“Sumakabilang Buhay” is now available on digital music stores. You may also check out its official music video on YouTube.
The Acronym Challenge
In more than three decades in the music scene, The Company has brought us timeless songs as a group. So, in this edition of Kapamilya Chat, they play The Acronym Challenge, a test of how well they remember their songs collected through the years.
The first single to be mentioned was “Now That I Have You” released in 1992 and used as the theme song of a Star Cinema movie topbilled by John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.
The Asia’s premiere vocal group also released Christmas tracks through the years including “Ilang Tulog Pa Ba” and “Pagkatapos Ng Pasko.” The song “’Til I’m Home Again” is written by Moy for his sister based overseas and a tribute to OFWs as well. “You Just Know It’s Christmas,” released last year, won Best Christmas Recording at the 32nd Awit Awards.
“Swerte-Swerte Lang” was one of the finalists in the first Metro Manila Popular Musical Festival also known as Metropop. The band calls “Prutas Pilipinas” as the modern-day Bahay Kubo giving highlights to the country’s rich variety of fruits. It’s composed by Ryan Cayabyab and written by Noel Ferrer.
Another Ryan Cayabyab piece is “Isang Tawag Mo Lang,” the first song he composed after he was named as National Artist for Music.
“I-Boogy Mo Ako Baby” is a fun collaboration with The Itchyworms and a tribute to fans of 70s disco music. The Company also recorded their version of “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Check out this video for a music-filled game and catch-up session with The Company!