2022 is a new year, which means a chance to begin again. While the new year gives renewed hope, sometimes, one can’t help but feel like he’s stuck in the situation as before. To uplift others to view the journey ahead with renewed optimism, Viu Philippines has launched the complete official soundtrack of its first Viu Original, Still.
This soundtrack is composed of 13 OPM songs. All the songs in this soundtrack capture every character’s unique story. At the same time, these songs take listeners alongside these characters’ journey as they fight to prove they still have a voice even though the pandemic changed their lives.
In case you’re wondering, Still is an eight-part Viu Original musical narrative. This unique concept was designed to help viewers move forward through song and stage. Still was conceptualized at the onset of the pandemic, a time wherein people were deprived of their ‘normal’ way of life. The songs in the soundtrack were composed to tell share the story of today’s generation and encourage people to keep going.Â
All the OPM songs that still matter in this soundtrack were created and composed by Nica Del Rosario (composer of the hit song Tala), Matthew Chang (musical director and composer of Dekada ‘70) Mike Shimamoto (Viu cast member, singer-songwriter, and founder of Haru), and Flipmusic (a local production house that delivers global competitive sound and audio solutions).Â
The song Babangon Pilipinas composed by Chang is about resilience. Sung by Gabby Pangilinan, Chang wrote the song to show that people can still uplift one another despite life’s challenges. Paalala Para Sa’yo reminds everyone to show some self-love, especially during trying times. Chang explained that these songs were inspired by the Filipino trait of selflessness. He also shared that he thinks people should see their self-worth in order to love and help other people better.
Meanwhile, Sumandali, which is composed by Shimamoto, is essentially a pandemic anthem. The track talks about people’s shared pain during the pandemic. It also highlights the silver lining that we learned to lean on one another. Shimamoto also wrote Panahon as an ode to a loved one who was feeling hopeless and lost. It was a reminder that we should hold on and hope for a new day, no matter how dark the night gets.
These are only some of the songs on the Still soundtrack. The album aspires to be a source of strength for the quarantine generation and let their voices be heard. You can listen to the complete official soundtrack of Still: A Viu Original Musical Narrative Series today, now available on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and Tidal. All eight episodes of Still are also available on Viu! Download the Viu app now on App Store, Google Play, and selected Smart TVs, or visit www.viu.com.
Art Macky Arquilla