Sister Stella L at Iba Pang Awit ng Panahon

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Sister Stella L at Iba Pang Awit ng Panahon


  • Aling Pag-ibig Pa? – Pat Castillo; Music Ding Achacoso; Lyrics Jose F. Lacaba; Guitar Lyncir Lagunzad
  • Manggagawa – Rody Vera; Music Ding Achacoso; Lyrics Jose Almojuela
  • Sangandaan – Pat Castillo; Music Ding Achacoso; Lyrics Jose F. Lacaba; Guitar Lyncir Lagunzad
  • Aling Pag-Ibig Pa? (Instrumental)
  • Manggagawa (Instrumental)


  • Bayan Ko – Wea Various Artists (Celeste Legaspi, Apo Hiking Society, Janet Basco, Marco Sison, Leo Valdez, Ivy Violan, Dulce, Noel Trinidad, Subas Herrero)
  • Prisoner’s Lament – Apo Hiking Society
  • Bayan Kong Pilipinas – Celeste Legaspi
  • Psalm 12 (Help Us) – Celeste Legaspi
  • Buntong Hininga – Paul Toledo

Philippine Copyrights by Wea Records 1984

The Lyrics

Walang komplikasyon
Ang buhay mo noon:
Kalooban mo’y panatag,
Kalangitan ay maliwanag,
Ang daan ay tuwid at patag
Sa buhay mo noon.
Ngunit bawat pusong naglalakbay,
Dumarating sa sangandaan:
Ngayong narito ka,
Kailangang magpasiya.
Aling landas ang susundin ng puso?
Saan ka liligaya, saan mabibigo?
Saan ka tutungo?

Kay daling sumunod
Sa hangin at agos:
Aasa ka na ang dalangin,
Gagabay sa ‘yong damdamin.
Ngunit saan ka dadalhin
Ng hangin at agos?
Alam mong bawat pusong nagmamahal,
Dumarating sa sangandaan:
Ngayong narito ka,
Kailangang magpasiya.
Aling landas ang susundin ng puso?
Saan ka liligaya, saan mabibigo?
Saan ka tutungo?

Aling pag-ibig pa?
Aling pag-ibig pa
Ang hihigit kaya
Sa pag-ibig ko sa iyo,
Bayan ko?
Sa hirap at ginhawa,
Sa ligaya’t dalita,
Ako’y kasa-kasama mo.

Kung ang gintong palay
Ay kumakaway,
Katabi mo ako sa bukid,
Bayan ko.
Kung tigang ang lupa
At di ka makaluha,
Ako ang magdidilig.

Kung ang bulaklak
Ay humahalimuyak,
Igagawa kita ng kuwintas,
Bayan ko.
Kung namiminsala
Ang bagyo’t baha,
Ako’y may kubong ligtas.

May pag-ibig pa bang
Higit na dakila
Sa pag-ibig ko sa iyo,
Bayan ko?
Wala na nga, wala.
Wala na nga, wala.
Wala na nga, wala.

Bayan Ko
Ang bayan kong Pilipinas
Lupain ng ginto’t bulaklak
Pag-ibig na sa kanyang palad
Nag-alay ng ganda’t dilag

At sa kanyang yumi at ganda
Dayuhan ay nahalina
Bayan ko, binihag ka
Nasadlak sa dusa

Ibon mang may layang lumipad
Kulungin mo at umiiyak
Bayan pa kayang sakdal-dilag
Ang ‘di magnasang makaalpas

Pilipinas kong minumutya
Pugad ng luha at dalita
Aking adhika
Makita kang sakdal laya

Bayan Kong Pilipinas
Ang bayan kong minamahal
ang bayan kong Pilipinas
Sa dugong pinuhunanan
Makamtan lang ang kalayaan
O bayan kong minumutya
Ako’y handang magpakasakit
Ang buhay ko’y nakalaan
sa iyo mahal kong bayan
Perlas ng Silanganan
May likas kang kayamanan
Dahil dito’y inagaw ka ng mga dayuhan
Kaya dapat kang bantayan
Ingatan ka mahal kong bayan

The Singers

Pat Castillo – “…We met Pat recently at Jackie Magno’s show at the new Merk’s Place on Arnaiz opposite the Rennaissance Hotel. Starting with small talk, we asked Pat of her current activities and found she was busy with facilitating, mentoring and coaching. All three involve guiding the individual discover his fears, doubts and talents, while helping him improve on the positive and hurdle the negative. A lifestyle coach described her job akin to that of a sports coach saying, “I get to challenge my clients like no one else. I am their mentor, cheer leader and sounding board.” And obviously, the job is for one who loves people, has massive patience, and thrives on challenges. Pat has had movie stars, young girls preparing for a beauty pageant, political clients gearing up for an election. And for this job, Pat uses the name Patricia Castillo. Coaching and mentoring grew as a career in the US when organizational changes brought upon by mergers and acquisitions found the need for companies to prepare their key personnel for new challenges. Soon, its effects filtered down to the rank and file, and to individuals who found the exercise enhancing and inspiring. Pat relates one day getting interested in a book Coaching published by a behavioral institute in Australia, so off she went to Australia for lessons. Soon she was accepting clients who found out about her new career. “I realized I really liked performing in front of people, and that coaching was just another medium…” – Bibsy M. Carballo, The Philippine Star, May 01, 2011 (READ MORE)

Janet Basco – “…born as Janet Mabasco, is a Filipino singer. She is known for her hits “You Made Me Live Again”, “Minsan Pa” and “My Girl, My Woman, My Friend” in a duet with Jose Mari Chan. In the music video version of this song, she is seen sitting on the sofa eating popcorn and has a date with him…” – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Marco Sison – “…But even Imogene can’t dismiss the appeal of Marco who was responsible for some of the chart-topping songs of the ’80s and ’90s, among them Make Believe, Always, My Love Will See You Through and Si Aida, Si Lorna O Si Fe,” says Edmund. “While many of his contemporaries have gone gray, Marco seemed to have found the fountain of youth and managed to preserve not only his suave looks, physique and vitality, but also his impeccable Student Canteen voice that could put many younger singers to shame. Hear him sing the Latin beat Sway and see how a middle-aged man can bring sexy back.” Edmund was impressed by Marco’s jaw-dropping performance with his medley of Basil Valdez’s greatest hits. “Belting Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan, Hanggang Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan, Tuwing Umuulan, Nais Ko and Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga, capped with Ngayon at Kailanman, he sent chills down the spine of his audience, who reciprocated him with defeaning applause and cheers.” “He never overdoes his singing because he knows his voice is superb just the way it is,” Edmund quotes Zoila Mendoza of Manhattan’s DNZ Travel and Tours as saying. “No screamfest, just pure talent…and sincerity…” – Ricardo F. Lo, The Philippine Star, October 24, 2007 (READ MORE)

Leo Valdez – “…Though Valdez is now established in the international and local musical theater scene, he used to see himself more as a singer than an actor. “Initially I thought it was quite daunting,” says Valdez on first trying his hand at performing in Manila. The boy from Negros shares, “Manila seemed so big… It was like New York – ‘If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere’.” And, indeed, Valdez did make it in the big city. Valdez became a household name when he interpreted “Magsimula Ka” in the Metropop festival song writing contest. “It became, and still is, my ‘national anthem’,” Valdez says. Winning the contest led to invitations to perform and travel abroad. It also paved the way for Valdez to perform at the Metropolitan Theater, upon the invitation of the late Conching Sunico, where he headlined five musical extravaganzas. In one of these, he sang Sa Ugoy ng Duyan. “You could hear a pin drop,” he describes the performance, and how the hushed audience held on to every note…” – Ida Anita Q.del Mundo, The Philippine Star, Nov 04, 2012 (READ MORE)

Ivy Violan – “…Filipino singer most popular in the 1980s. She started singing at the young age of 2 1/2 years with her brothers in the group called Ivy and Velboys. As she grew up, she joined bands such as Sangkatutak Band and the Royal Flush Music Society. She later formed her own band called 8th of September band. In 1981, with the help of Rico J. Puno and musical director Homer Flores, she went solo…” – Wikipilipinas (READ MORE)

Dulce – “…Maria Teresa Abellare Llamedo Cruzata, better known as “Dulce”, is a Filipino singer and theater actress most famous for the hit song ‘Ako Ang Nasawi, Ako ang Nagwagi’…Dulce was born to a poor family in Villa Bulsita, Bulacao, Pardo, Cebu City. She started singing at the age of two. Her highest educational attainment was only elementary. She immediately went to Manila when opportunity came to pursue a singing career. She went on to win on many singing competitions including the popular “Tawag ng Tanghalan”, upon which she started her career, and the Second Metropop Festival on which she sang one of the late George Canseco’s compositions. Gracing recording studios, she became a singing sensation…” – Wikipilipinas (READ MORE)

Noel Trinidad – “…Comedy icon Noel Trinidad created the multi-award winning television show Champoy, which remains to this day a classic. He has done it all, movies, television and stage. He returned to performing on stage in Xanadu after a 10-year absence. Noel plays the role of Danny Maguire, a former musician who trades in his passion for arts for big business. It was the role Gene Kelly played in the feature film version of the stage musical. Noel joins Rachel Alejandro and Felix Rivera in the magical madcap roller skating musical comedy. Directed by Bobby Garcia, Xanadu will have repeat performances on Nov. 19 to Dec. 5 at…” – Boy Abunda, The Philippine Star, Sep 27, 2010 (READ MORE)

Subas Herrero – “…Ricardo Wright Herrero (born April 3, 1943), better known as Subas Herrero, is a Filipino actor, comedian and singer and he has an American and Mexican descent. He is the father of Cutuy Herrero, current vocalist of local Filipino band Chapter 2. As an actor, Subas Herrero has performed in movies such as “Bakekang”, released in 1978, “Karapatan ko ang pumatay… Kapitan Guti”(1990), and “Gao ya xian”(1995). He played his role as a main villain to Fernando Poe, Jr., Ramon Revilla, Joseph Estrada, Rudy Fernandez and lots of action stars in the past and present Filipino action films and as co-starrer in a comedy films with Dolphy, Chiquito, Redford White and Tito, Vic and Joey. In 1986, Herrero and Noel Trinidad went live on Philippine TV calling the public to join the crowds at EDSA calling for the ouster of President Ferdinand Marcos. After the People Power Revolution, Herrero recorded “Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo” along with 14 Filipino artists, celebrating the peaceful revolt. After suffering a stroke in 2000, Herrero retired from the TV industry. Despite being sick, he took part in the EDSA Revolution of 2001 (EDSA II) to call for the ouster of then Philippine President Joseph Estrada….” – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Rody Vera – “…a playwright, singer, and actor for the theater. He has written more than 20 plays, a few of which have won in national literary contests in the Philippines. He has also written plays for Filipino-American theater groups in Chicago, New York, and other cities. Rody has travelled extensively in North America, Europe, and Asia, teaching and performing drama. He has participated in several collaborative productions with theater groups based in Japan (Black Tent Theater, Rinkogun, Setagaya Public Theater), Singapore (The Necessary Stage), and New York (International Wow Company). Rody is currently heading a group of young playwrights called the Writers’ Bloc, the major organizer of the annual Virgin Laboratory Theater Festival in Manila…” – Kyoto Views Sea (READ MORE)

APO – “…The Apolinario Mabini Hiking Society, later popularly known as APO Hiking Society or, simply, Apo, was a Filipino musical group, often called as the “Beatles of the Philippines.” The group had its fledgling beginnings in 1969 at the Ateneo de Manila high school, with thirteen members: Lito de Joya, Sonny Santiago, Gus Cosio, Renato Garcia, Chito Kintanar, Kenny Barton, Bruce Brown, Butch Dans, Kinjo Sawada, Ric Segreto, Goff Macaraeg, Doden Besa, Jim Paredes, and Boboy Garovillo. The group’s name was created from the acronym AMHS representing their school with a witty twist having an irreverent reference to the paralytic Philippine revolutionary intellectual and hero, Apolinario Mabini, and later shortened to “Apo”, an Ilocano term for a wise man or a Tagalog term of grandchildren, and later re-branded to “APO” (all caps). (Contrary to popular belief, the “Apo” name was not a reference to the Philippine volcano, Mount Apo.) As the students advanced into college, Danny Javier joined the group. After graduation, the majority of its members left to pursue individual careers, with only three members remaining, made up of Jim Paredes, Boboy Garovillo and Danny Javier…In October 1987, during their annual US tour, the APO became the first Filipino pop artists with Marco Sison to perform at the Main Hall of New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall. They also performed at the equally prestigious Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada’s music capital. Both concerts, as well as the other shows held during that particular concert tour, were sold out. The APO were also the first Filipino artists to perform in a public concert in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 1987, they were one of the first Filipino artists to be recorded on compact disc. And in 1994, they were awarded the first Dangal ng Musikang Pilipino by Awit Awards – the Filipino equivalent of the Grammy. They have also been conferred the Tanglaw Ng Lahi Award, the highest accolade given by Jesuits in the field of culture and arts…” – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Celeste Legaspi – “…born March 18, 1950, is a Filipino singer and actress. Her singles and albums reached gold or platinum status during the 1970s and 1980s. She is the daughter of National Artist for Visual Arts Cesar Legaspi. She spearheaded the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), a group which aimed to promote and propagate Original Pilipino music. She is married to Nonoy Gallardo, one of the premier OPM composers. Legaspi is a successful recording artist, having produced albums and singles that reached gold and platinum status during the ’70s and ’80s. Her album Ako si Celeste under Blackgold Records was awarded gold, and produced hit singles “Saranggola ni Pepe”, “Tuliro”, and “Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal?”. The Celeste album spawned the famous “Mamang Sorbetero”. Her albums Bagong Plaka, Lumang Kanta Vols. 1 and 2 albums under Wea Records both reached the double platinum mark. She won several awards including Outstanding Performance award from the Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan, where she sang “Puso Mong Nagmamahal” (1976), Tinig Awards for live entertainment (1977, 1979, and 1990), and the Aliw Award for Entertainer of the Year (1978)…” – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Paul Toledo – “…Circa 1980s singer-songwriter Paul Toledo died 10 p.m. Thursday from a heart attack inside a taxi in a southern Manila suburb. His remains lie at the Funeraria Filipinas in Pamplona, Las Piñas City, along the Alabang-Zapote Road, fronting the Pamplona Uno barangay hall. The website of the Performers Right Society of the Philippines (PRSP) lists songs like “pasosyal-sosyal” and “Lumba, Lumba” as among Toledo’s compositions, which he also sang. These pieces are vaguely remembered now as novelty songs which became popular in the 1980s…” – ABS-CBN News (READ MORE)