“Hanggang sa kamatayan, pag-ibig ko’y walang hanggan.”

Great Philippine Song Hits“Muli” by Ramon “RJ” Jacinto | It helped that he’s from a prominent family – the Jacintos were titans of the banking and steel industries – but Ramon Jacinto really liked music. Inspired by the rock and roll scene of the 1960s, he led RJ and the Riots; around the same time, he set up a radio station at his parents’ backyard – DZRJ would later prove influential in spreading Filipino bands throughout the 1970s and 1980s. While in exile in the United States during Martial Law (and feeling homesick), he penned this song, his first in Filipino, and secretly sent it over to Manila, enlisting a friend from another influential family – Emilio Tuason, who then owned 99.5 RT – to give it airplay but not quite reveal who is behind the song. The circumstances around the song meant over forty years later “Muli” remains one of those Filipino standards that don’t get quite a look in. I don’t know why. It’s a slow burner, and a pretty good guitar piece, if anything. Ultimately RJ is a guy who likes music, and was able to indulge in this hobby – and brought everyone along for the ride. What a life that must be. [NB]

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