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My Thoughts on Itchyworms’ Di Na Muli

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I’m taking a break from beauty reviews on this blog. It took some time for me to internalize my own interpretation of this hit song. Hope you’ll like it!

In my own perception without knowing the meaning of this song from the writer, the song feels like a story about the value of time and regrets most especially in the concept of everybody’s favorite subject-LOVE.

I initially heard this song when I was at a bar in Baguio City. My friends decided to have a jamming session. One of our friends, Marianne Claire, sang this song. She sang it and not only did I fell in love with her voice but also the song. The lyrics cut too deep along with the emotions when it is sung with so much heart. In Love, TIME is something everybody battles. There are other barriers to love, but time, time is something you cannot take back. There are words left to be unsaid when there is only a choice and courage to say it.

The lyrics below says it all, really. But to make this blog more in depth, please let me do an English translation of the song. This is something I’ve been longing to do. I once attended a workshop on creative writing knowing that language translation of poems or songs is also a part of creative writing.

Di Na Muli

Words and Music by Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola

Performed by The Itchyworms

Verse:

Nung araw kay tamis ng ating buhay (Back in the day, life is just so sweet and simple)

Puno ng saya at ng kulay (Full of joy and color)

Di mauulit muli (It will never happen again)

Ang oras kapag hinayaang lumipas (Time, when it is left passed)

Madarama mo hanggang bukas (You can feel the pain until tomorrow)

Di mababawi muli (It is impossible to go back to in time)

Chorus:

Ang dami daming bagay na hindi naman kailangan (There are a lot of things that aren’t relevant enough to be given much attention to)

Kung pwede lang bawasan natin ang mga tampuhan (If only we can lessen our misunderstandings and fights)

Hindi mo lang alam hindi mo pa nararanasan (You will never know the feeling because you never experienced it)

Kahapon sana natin di mo na pinahirapan (You shouldn’t have made things even more complicated and worse yesterday)

Patawad muli (Again, I’m sorry)

Di na muli (Never again)

Verse:

Nung araw kay tamis ng ating buhay (Back in the day, life is just so sweet and simple)

Puno ng saya at ng kulay (Full of joy and color)

Di mauulit muli (It will never happen again)

(Instrumental)

Bridge:

At natapos ang himas ng sandali (But then, our moment has passed right away)

Di kukubli aking tinig (My voice was unheard)

Nang lumipas na’t di man lang nasabi (Time has passed, I wasn’t able to say anything)

Salamat hanggang sa muli (But Thank you, Until next time…If there would be a next time)

Chorus:

Ang dami daming bagay na hindi naman kailangan (There are a lot of things that aren’t relevant enough to be given much attention to)

Kung pwede lang bawasan natin ang mga tampuhan (If only we can lessen our misunderstandings and fights)

Hindi mo lang alam hindi mo pa nararanasan (You will never know the feeling because you never experienced it)

Kahapon sana natin di mo na pinahirapan (You shouldn’t have made things even more complicated yesterday)

Patawad muli (Again, I’m sorry)

Di na muli (Never again)

 

Binawi buhay mo ng walang sabi (You wasted your life without saying anything)

Binubulong ko sa sarili (I whispered to myself)

Mahal kita hanggang sa huli (I love you, but until next time, if there is a next time)

Mahal ko hanggang sa huli (My love, Goodbye for now)

-Words and Music by Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola

-Performed by The Itchyworms

Now, let me lead you to the background story of this song:

“Di Na Muli was written in 2016 by long-time friends Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola. They entered the song into the 5th Philippine Popular (PhilPop) Music Festival, performed by The Itchyworms, where it won the grand prize. Now, in 2018, the song has been given new life in the official soundtrack of the hit film Sid & Aya (Not A Love Story) (Viva Films, starring Dingdong Dantes and Anne Curtis, directed by Irene Villamor).

Somewhere in between PhilPop and Sid & Aya, the Itchyworms set out to immortalize the song. The result was a visually stunning and emotional music video directed by Paolo Abella and Juno Oebanda. Being a longtime friend of the Itchyworms, Oebanda had approached the band to present the concept for the video. He sought the generous indulgence of none other than the Cultural Center of the Philippines, citing the video as a tribute to Teddy Hilado (d. 2015), Oebanda’s uncle, recognized as the father of lighting design in Philippine theater.”

“The song’s themes of love, loss, and words left unspoken, are embodied in the elegant performances of Rosky Balahadia Hilado (Teddy’s widow, formerly of the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company) and Carissa Adea (Ballet Philippines), and in the video’s sweeping visuals, all captured within the hallowed halls of the CCP. The music video seeks to serve as loving tribute to Teddy, whose influence is still felt and recognized to this day.”

“The Itchyworms are now proud to share what is probably the first-ever music video shot inside the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and extend heartfelt thanks to those who helped bring the music video to fruition.”

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” WHO IS THE LADY IN THE VIDEO by Direk Juno Oebanda

Rosky Balahadia Hilado, widow of the late Teodoro “Teddy” Hilado to whom the video is dedicated to.

When I first heard DI NA MULI after The Itchyworms bagged grand prize at PhilPop 2016 it moved me to tears like no other. Having known the band for quite some time I called them and expressed the desire to do a music video – I felt the song written by Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola was so powerful it needed a proper one. But how? What treatment?

The light bulb came close to Teddy Hilado’s first death anniversary in 2016 and so the story goes …. Teddy in his younger years was the first technical and lighting director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Bayanihan Dance Group , this is where he met the young Rosky at that time one of the principal dancers of the Bayanihan. At the CCP is where their love story started – Teddy designing the lights over dances that Rosky did on stage.

I presented the story line to the Worms and they liked it and proceeded to talk to the CCP if we could film in and around the theater. We were given a venue grant easily since Teddy is one of CCP’s pioneers. By this time, I had to look for a partner to do this with, not being a film director I called up Direk Paolo Abella an expert in film to help me execute this project. Support in the form equipment came from the LIVE entertainment industry as well.

So the music video story goes… Rosky comes back to the CCP stage after more than 20 years and reminisces how and where her love story with Teddy started. This is where Rosky takes over and owns the song, how she walked, how she smiled, how she cried and how she gracefully danced were all real emotions. The young Rosky was played by Kare Adea who was equally wonderful.

Di Na Muli – is a gem of a song that comes around not too often. It’s a song that becomes yours, you own it. Any other story would have made a wonderful narrative, this one just has a setting that all of us can relate to, who does not love the beauty that is the CCP anyway.

Salamat uli Teodoro Hilado
Salamat Tita Rosky”

Ladies and Gentlemen, once again
The Itchyworms.
Video Credits

Di Na Muli
Words and Music by Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola

Starring
Rosky Balahadia Hilado
Carissa Adea
and The Itchyworms

Executive Producers: Juno Oebanda and The Itchyworms
Directors: Paolo Abella and Juno Oebanda
Director of Photography: Arvin Viola
Lighting Director: Shakira Villa-Symes
Drone Pilot: Paolo Jaminola
Editor: PJ Corpuz
Colorist: Marilen Magsaysay

Special Thanks to:
Audio Video Solutions Corporation
Soundcheck Inc.
Forerunner Technologies Inc.
JB Music
Forscink Inc.
Digital Fusion Productions
Aero 360 International
Creative Control Group

The administration and staff of the Cultural Center of the Philippines

 

Youtube link for Di Na Muli official music video: https://youtu.be/rgHHJkzn5TU

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