OPM Songs Only People Experiencing Water Interruption Can Relate To
by Shara Mae Balce, April 10, 2019 2:55pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Water interruptions are currently being experienced for weeks by Manila Water consumers. Households in the East Zone of Metro Manila are mainly affected by the six to 21 hours interruption. The shortage is expected to last the rainy season—rain dance, anyone?
But Filipinos are known to shed some light on tough times. We always find light or at least divert ourselves from thinking about the problem—listening to music is often a gateway to help us through it. We rounded up a Spotify playlist of relatable OPM songs you can listen to when you’re experiencing water interruption.
“Pagsubok” by Orient Pearl
"Ang buhay ay sadyang ganyan
Sulirani'y di mapigilan
Itanim mo lang sa 'yong pusong
Kaya mo yan…”
There are times when you feel like giving up and this song will get you going. Water interruption is one of life’s challenges. Don’t let it faze you. One “baho” day won’t hurt you.
“Miss Na Miss Kita” by Father&Sons
“O giliw ko miss na miss kita
Sana'y lagi kitang kasama”
We get it. Water is essential for life and we can’t live without it. Sadly, we don’t realize its importance until it’s gone.
“Eto Na Naman” by Gary Valenciano
“Nawawala, bumabalik, eto na naman
Bigla na lang dumadating eto na naman
Paulit-ulit lang ang pangyayari
Wala na akong ibang hiling
kundi ang suwerteng di dumadating”
Mr. Pure Energy’s 90s hit can be related to the unpredictable water distribution scheme. Sometimes “nawawala” and then “bumabalik.”
“Kung Wala Ka” by Hale
“Nariyan ka pa ba?
Hindi ka na matanaw
Kung mayro'n bang daraanang
This song will remind you of those mornings when you turn the sink faucet on and only air comes out.
“214” by Rivermaya
“The world could die
And everything may lie
Still you shan't cry”
It’s frustrating to have bowel movement habits every morning without running water. But always remember, “time may pass, but everything won't last.” Water is coming, soon—trust nature's water cycle.
“Rainbow” by South Border
“Even if there is pain now
Everything would be all right
For as long as the world still turns
There will be night and day…can you hear me
There's a rainbow always after the rain”
If the water interruption made you feel less than fresh, it’s time to pray for and summon all the water goddesses to bring the rain. Even if there is pain now, believe that everything would be all right. *cross-fingers*
“Stay” by Daryl Ong
“I want you to stay, never go away from me
But now, now that you're gone
All I can do is pray for you
To be here beside me again”
The throbbing lyrics and heartbreaking vocals are enough to leave us teary-eyed. It’s for that instant “all I can do is pray” notion we all had when we learned about the water interruption.
Bet you will be humming the choruses all day and we wouldn’t blame you for that. We suggest you do it to find solace while lining up for water rations. Which one relates to your situation the most?