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The Star that Does Not Die

By Maria Fiona A. Labucuas | Feature Writer

Vol. XCI No. 14

Jan. 17, 2020

Some stars never die.

Sarah Geronimo’s “Tala” took everyone by storm, becoming one of the most inspirational and LSS-inducing songs of the decade. People have been dancing to the song all over the internet as if it was never forgotten in the first place.

The song was released five years ago and was warmly received by critics and the public. It was well appreciated for its catchiness because of how the song was infused with a mix of mainstream pop and tribal percussion. Another reason for its success is its chorus that’s hard to avoid singing along to. It also featured one of the Filipino listener’s favorite subjects — love.

The song’s official music video was released in June 2016 and made a bigger impact in Pinoy pop culture when Sarah Geronimo — who was then known as the Pop Princess — showed a new side of herself. Geronimo impressed her fans by nailing the song’s tricky choreography in a bodysuit.

The song’s hype slowly disappeared when mainstream OPM gave way to funk-rock and folk-pop. For almost 3 years, “Tala” was forgotten by mainstream listeners. It was remembered every once in a while by dance troupes and crews as they used the song for dance choreography covers.

Sarah Geronimo credits the resurrection of “Tala” to the LGBTQ+ community, specifically Bench Hipolito who impersonated her and featured the song in many of her drag show performances. By late 2019, “Tala” once again rose to the top, shining brighter than it ever did. From dance covers on Youtube to Tik Tok and other social media platforms, “Tala” took the Filipino community by storm, gaining attention from other countries and international artists like MOMOLAND.

Sarah Geronimo’s “Tala” is proof that some stars never die. Because of its upbeat vibe and LSS-inducing chorus, “Tala” is immortal, and serves as a remember that everything gets better in time. Keep dancing.


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