MANILA, Philippines -- "X Factor Philippines" winner KZ Tandingan is proud to offer all-original tracks in her debut album, amid a trend among local artists to revive or cover familiar songs.
The 21-year-old Tandingan on Thursday afternoon started work on the music video, her first ever, for her self-titled album's carrier single "Puro Laro."
Speaking with reporters at the sidelines of the shoot, Tandingan explained the message of the song, saying, "It's about love being... isang bagay na para sa ibang tao ay laro lang. Parang merong ibang mga tao, ang tingin nila sa love, ay hindi dapat seryosohin. Ito ay para sa kanilang lahat."
"Puro Laro" is one of 10 tracks in her Star Records-produced album released in May, 5 months after she won the local edition of the hit reality singing contest "The X Factor."
Asked if she grew "impatient" in finally releasing her own songs, Tandingan said, "Hindi naman po, kasi alam ko naman po na pinaghahandaan din po nila."
"Kasi nung nag-meeting naman kami, nag-usap na kailangan kakaiba 'yung album, hindi siya 'yung tipikal na binigyan ng album, kailangan i-cover 'yung single, kasi mas madali. Natutuwa po ako na pinagkatiwalaan ako ng Star Records na bigyan ng album na all-original," she said.
Also featured in Tandingan's debut record are the songs “Umiibig,” “Darating Din,” “Bakit Lumuluha,” “Killing Me Softly,” “Un-Love You,” “Wag Ka Nang Umiyak,” and the Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs Songs 2013 fourth-place winning entry “Scared to Death.”
Tandingan said she is particularly proud that her own composition, titled “Love Love Love," also made it to the album. She wrote and recorded the song when she was still in college.
"Sa lahat ng mga kanta dito, 'yun 'yung pinaka-raw kasi kung paano ko siya ni-record nung college, 'yun na 'yun na mismo yung nilagay sa CD, wala nang edit-edit pa, ganoon siya ka-raw," she said.
Recalling the time it was considered for inclusion in the album, Tandingan continued, "Nung narinig po nila -- actually nahiya ako noong una, 'Sir, huwag na po sir, feeling ko masyado akong pa-cute diyan' -- natuwa po sila kasi meron din daw pala akong kanta na magaan lang."
Now set to release her first-ever music video, Tandingan said she is both nervous and excited with the "new experience."