The true story of long-lasting love behind Itchyworms’ ‘Di Na Muli’ music video

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED July 10, 2018 10:57 am
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(Inside Manila) Nope. It’s not meant for “Sid & Aya (Not A Love Story)” movie. Actually, the 2016 song of The Itchyworms is destined to put to life a true story of love, loss, and words left unspoken witnessed by the old, hallowed halls of the Cultural Center of Philippines (CCP).


The nostalgic music video—released this June 2018—started with an old woman wandering alone in one of the CCP theaters, reminiscing for something past her time. Apparently, she’s a ballet dancer. And by the looks of it, it seems to be one of those stories about a woman missing her younger days as a performer. But it isn’t.


The music video, directed by Paolo Abella and Juno Oebanda, was shot inside the CCP. It was given a new life in this new visual which is a tribute to Teodoro Hilado, the touted father of Philippine theater lighting.


Hilado was also the uncle of Oebanda. The song's themes are personified in the elegant performance of Rosky Balahadia Hilado, Teddy's widow, and a former member of the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company.


Hilado said when he first heard the song in 2016, it moved him to tears like no other. He said that he felt the need to represent a powerful song with an equally powerful story through her Tita Rosky and Tito Teddy, making the music video a tribute that goes beyond the song’s message.


“So the music video story goes… Rosky comes back to the CCP stage after more than 20 years and reminisces how and where her love story with Teddy started. This is where Rosky takes over and owns the song, how she walked, how she smiled, how she cried and how she gracefully danced were all real emotions. The young Rosky was played by Kare Adea who was equally wonderful,” Hilado said.


During the shoot of the video, Hilado shared that his Tita Rosky whispered to him “smiling but with tears in her eyes, ‘I haven’t been on this stage for more than 20 years’.” To which he replied “Tita this last sequence is where you will dance with Tito Teddy, dance with the light Tita, dance with Tito Teddy”.


“What happened next was magical, her poise - her grace was that of a woman dancing with her love again, (and) there was no acting here. The beautiful, emotional lighting execution was by Shakira Villa Symes who for a time was mentored by Teddy Hilado himself, I could not think of any other current Lighting Director more worthy of doing this but Shari.”



The video ends with Rosky with a solo top light.


“Di Na Muli” was written in 2016 by Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola. They entered the song into the 5th Philippine Popular (PhilPop) Music Festival, performed by The Itchyworms, where it won the grand prize. Now, in 2018, the song has been given new life in the official soundtrack of the hit film “Sid & Aya (Not A Love Story)”.


Want to witness the undying love that lies amongst the CCP walls? Watch “Di Na Muli” music video by The Itchyworms below:


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