MANILA , Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The phenomenal success of Adele’s latest hit single, ‘Hello,’ has come to an abrupt end, thanks to former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos and ex-President Joseph Estrada.
The duo’s version of a 1938 Filipino song, ‘Dahil Sa Iyo ‘ (Because Of You), is breaking music chart records worldwide. Marcos, now a congresswoman, and Estrada, incumbent mayor of Manila, sang the song live at a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Philippines-China relations in Manila. Their impromptu performance immediately went viral, and in less than 24 hours, became the most-viewed music video ever on YouTube, eclipsing Adele’s recently-held record.
‘Dahil Sa Iyo’ is a song by Mike Velarde, Jr., written for the movie, ‘Bituing Marikit,’ and sung by the ‘King of the Philippine Movies’ Rogelio de la Rosa. A version with English-Tagalog lyrics, recorded in 1964, was a hit in the United States and continues to be popular in Filipino communities on American soil.
The song was famously performed by Nat King Cole at the Araneta Coliseum (now SMART Araneta Coliseum) in Quezon City in 1961. It was also sung by Jerry Vale with English title “Your Love Is Mine” (Eng. lyrics by Sonny Burke) in his album “The Language of Love” on Columbia Records, released 1963.
Many other international artists have performed or recorded the song, including The Lettermen, but none of the previous versions have quite achieved the notoriety of the Marcos-Estrada hit. It is both musical and political, worthy of a platinum status.