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What is the story behind the song Init Sa Magdamag?

The song Init Sa Magdamag has a colorful story behind it from the time it was created for a movie in 1983 until now that it became a series featuring Yam Concepcion, Gerald Anderson, and JM de Guzman.

In an article by entertainment columnist Baby A. Gil in The Philippine Star, she recalled the time when she was told to write a song with composer Willy Cruz for the movie with the same title.

She said that it was no big deal for her and Willy because they already wrote songs together in the past but it was their first time for Viva. At that time, Viva was known for its melodrama songs and theme songs for movies such as P.S. I Love You and Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan. Both songs were written by George Canseco.

The movie Init Sa Magdamag decades ago featured Lorna Tolentino, Dindo Fernando, and Joel Torre. Its story revolved around a woman who had many faces. This easily gives the concept for its theme song. Willy, who was also the musical director of the movie, created the melody and Baby wrote the lyrics.

“It was enchanting. It took only one draft and soon we had a song that embodied the intriguing plot of the picture and which met the approval of Viva and Laurice,” the columnist shared.

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(from left) Willy Cruz, Baby A. Gil, Sharon Cuneta, Nonoy Zuñiga and Babsie Molina 📷: Philstar

They wanted the song to be sang by Megastar Sharon Cuneta but she was just 17 years old back then. With this, the creators of the songs thought that it might be contradicting to her sweet image. Then, the name of Zsa Zsa Padilla surfaced. The Divine Diva was about to go solo at that time from being part of the band Hotdog.

However, Zsa Zsa was under Jem Recording that did not want her to the project. The company did not want the song to be released before her solo debut album.

Then, Sharon came into the picture once again. They thought that the Megastar already did a quite mature song when she was 15 for Langis At Tubig she would do great also in Init Sa Magdamag. Sharon said yes and the creators of the song that the problem was over.

However, a day after that, Zsa Zsa called Willy saying that she was feeling bad about losing that stint. On the other hand, Jem Recording was still adamant and the playdate for the movie was already set.

Willy came up with the solution. He kept the original melody for Zsa Zsa and composed a new one for Init Sa Magdamag but with the same lyrics except for a little change in the bridge. The columnist said that she wanted to do the lyrics for Zsa Zsa’s song but she couldn’t because the lyrics of the previous song were too overpowering.

So Willy went to work on the lyrics and came up with Kahit Na, which became her first single,” the columnist shared. Baby A. Gil added that she is happy that 38 years after that, people are still listening to the song and several artists in the Philippines already did their covers of it.

Furthermore, it is now theme song of the new Kapamilya series with the same title.

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