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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Filipino Kundiman: Bituing Marikit - Leopoldo Silos

In the sweeping rhythm of a Danza, the song depicts a passionate lover who compares the beloved to an "unreachable star shining in the night of life," who begs "to be thrown a ray of light, or be allowed to drink from the pure stream of love." This Kundiman was composed by Prof. Nicanor Abelardo in 1926 for the Tagalog sarswela "Dakilang Punglo". The lyrics was written by Servando de los Reyes. In 1937 Sampaguita Pictures used this Kundiman in the movie "Bituing Marikit" by Carlos Tolosa, starring Elsa Oria.

Audio from a vinyl phonograph LP recording ("Madaling Araw and Other Outstanding Kundiman, The Villar Symphonette conducted by Leopoldo Silos," Villar Records, MLP 5037-S Mareco Incorporated, Quezon City, Philippines, Undated).

Filipino Kundiman: Bituing Marikit - Leopoldo Silos

Video and Article by Philclassic


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