Basil Valdez will have a special concert series at K-Pub this month. Photo: Handout
MANILA -- Now it can be told: "Kailangan Kita," "Dito Ba?" and "Ikaw" were originally meant for multi-awarded balladeer Basil Valdez.
Valdez has countless hits that continue to be enjoyed by Filipinos, among them "Ngayon at Kailanman," "You," "Hanggang Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan," "Kastilyong Buhangin" and many more. His very fruitful collaboration with composers like the late George Canseco and Ryan Cayabyab has produced some of the best Filipino love songs ever written and performed.
But still, there were the songs that got away.
"Kailangan Kita" is recognized as a Leah Navarro hit, but not a lot of people know that this was specifically written for Valdez by Canseco. Why this was not included in the album was all a matter of space.
“I had so many songs already in the album, and I just couldn’t accommodate it,” recounts Valdez. “It was a shame because it’s a beautiful song.”
A slightly similar case happened with "Dito Ba?" -- Valdez had to choose which ones to include in his album, and "Dito Ba?" did not make the cut. The rest is history as "Dito Ba?" became the signature song of Kuh Ledesma.
"Ikaw," with lyrics by Canseco and music by Louie Ocampo was also originally written for Valdez.
"George wrote the lyrics for his wife and he asked me to keep the lyrics first. Pero di siya magkaroon pa ng inspiration to write the melody. Later on, pinagawa kay Louie Ocampo ang melody and it was given to Sharon (Cuneta) to record for her movie with Ariel Rivera," he said.
Meanwhile, “Say That You Love Me,” composed by Ocampo, is more known as a Martin Nievera hit but it was actually recorded first by Valdez and was even included in his album.
“But the same album also contained 'Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan' and 'Sana ay Ikaw na Nga.' The public gravitated towards those songs, so I wasn’t able to promote 'Say That You Love Me' all that well,” he adds. “Martin re-recorded it, and it became a big hit for him.
Another Canseco hit that Valdez would have loved to record was "Hiram," popularized by Zsa-Zsa Padilla. He even remembers regretting not being able to have a chance to record the song.
“I was asking George ‘Paano ‘yan nakalusot? Ang ganda ng melody eh.’ He then told me to listen to the lyrics."
"Oo nga," he says with a chuckle. “The song is really meant for a woman."
Proving that he is very open to new composers’ work, Valdez said one of his favorite recent songs is Aiza Seguerra’s "Pagdating ng Panahon."
"I’m really impressed by that song. The lyrics are so beautiful. When I heard it, I knew I had to make my own version of it, which I did in the 'Basil S. Valdez' album," he enthuses.
Basil Valdez performs his original songs at K-Pub at The Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City on Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, at 9 p.m.