PINOY GROOVE EXPERIENCE (Philippine Popular Music Revisited):
Totohanin Mo - Pilita Corrales (Early 80’s)
By the looks of the album cover it’s pretty apparent that the Philippine’s legendary singer/entertainer and justifiably dubbed “Asia’s Queen of Song,” Pilita Corrales, was venturing off to unfamiliar territory. Even though the record keeps in tune with the rest of her oeuvre of dramatic ballads, there is a distinctly modern and adventurous approach to the double LP Yakapin Mo Ako / Abrazame.
As the liner notes states, the record combined the talents of living legend Corrales, as well as the hottest producer, lyricist and arranger of the time (Jose Mari Gonzalez, Levi Celerio, and Dante Trinidad). This was apparently a high budget affair that was mastered abroad.
The production level is high and it’s in full strength in this track. A string heavy, slow burn with definite Spanish influence, a Latin rhythm, a telenovela lustiness and a late-disco low end, “Totohanin Mo” is a pretty captivating and hot little number. Also has a great intro.
And finally, to quote from the liner notes, “The songs as interpreted by Pilita Corrales are not only sung with the tongue, but with life.” (huh?) Anyways, passion is Corrales’ bread and butter and this song does not disappoint.