Flood Your Ears With The Only ‘Baha’ Playlist You’ll Need
by Sherry Tadeja, August 22, 2019 1:28pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
The months of July and August are the rainy season's peak months. And if you happen to live near flood-prone areas, you dread even the slightest amount of rainfall.
Whether you have had enough of the flood ruining your attendance in school or work, or you have turned numb to the misfortunes of the rainy season, you’ll relate to these songs we compiled in one playlist, aptly named the "Baha Playlist.”
‘Basang Basa Sa Ulan’ by Aegis
"Heto ako ngayon, nag-iisa
Naglalakbay sa gitna ng dilim
Lagi na lang akong nadarapa
Ngunit heto, bumabangon pa rin,"
Ah, yes. This Aegis classic isn't only for belting your heart out in karaoke but also the true anthem of the season.
‘Tuloy Pa Rin’ by Neocolours
"Tanggap na at natututo pang
Harapin ang katotohanang ito,"
There are times when all you can do is accept that your seasonal “floody situation” is real. Might as well come to terms to it now than deny it all year round.
‘Selos’ by The Vowels They Orbit
“Magpapalipas ako ng oras
Para lang magtanggal ng galit at inis,”
When your spirit is as dark as the flood, take this advice from The Vowels They Orbit to dry yourself off and calm your mood.
‘Ulan’ by Cueshe
“Lagi nalang umuulan
Parang walang katapusan
Tulad ng paghihirap ko ngayon
Parang walang humpay,”
We can’t help but utter the words “lagi nalang umuulan” especially if it’s the peak of the rainy season. The first few lines of Cueshe’s “Ulan” is no doubt a mood.
‘Migraine’ by Moonstar 88
Asan ba ko sayo? Aasa ba ko sayo?”
These lines from Moonstar 88’s “Migraine” are the same lines you’d say silently and repeatedly—hoping there’s work suspension, too.
‘Umaaaraw Umuulan’ by Rivermaya
“Dahil wala ring mangyayari,
Tayo'y walang mapapala,
Wag mong pigilan pagbuhos ng ulan,”
Often, you’ll find yourself helpless to avoid the inevitable. And in flood-prone Manila, it’s only a matter of non-stop rain before the flood sets in. The best thing to do is to prepare ourselves not only physically, but also mentally.
‘It Will Rain’ by Bruno Mars
“Don't you say, goodbye
I'll pick up these broken pieces 'til I'm bleeding
If that'll make it right”
When you’re feeling the rainy day vibes, this song is one of the pleading prayers to your umbrella, hoping it won’t give up shielding you during severe weather. It may sound far-fetched, but now you’ll remember it.
‘Rainbow’ by South Border
“But oh, can't you see
That no matter what happens
Life goes on and on”
Flooding is a literal setback and a legit reason to file for an unexpected absence at work. This song, though, is a reminder that life—especially in Manila—doesn’t stop because of it.
‘Rain’ by Sarah Geronimo
“Rain follows me even in my bed
And rain is the tears that I shed”
Here’s to the unfortunate times flood has come to your home or worse, almost to your bed.
‘You Need to Calm Down’ by Taylor Swift
"You need to calm down,
You're being too loud,"
Commuting is a struggle when there's flood. It can take two annoyed commuters to be at each other's hair. Do we need to cause a scene in the midst of an already horrible situation? Nope. So, calm down.
‘Part of Your World’ by Jodi Benson
"Up where they walk
Up where they run
Up where they stay all day in the sun”
In this classic Disney song, Ariel is wishing for human legs so she can run free on land. And for someone who walks through flood more often than not, you’re probably wishing to be somewhere dry, too.
‘Through The Rain’ by Mariah Carey
“I can make it through the rain
I can stand up once again on my own”
These should be the mantra of everyone who is now a working—waterproof—adult. Sure you’ll probably arrive late and wet. What matters is even in the midst of a stormy downpour you chose to go through it and earn for a living.
There’s too little we can do about the flooding in Manila. So instead of having a foul mood, try to be prepared for it instead: make slippers a constant in your bag and don’t forget your umbrella; or call it a day and file an emergency leave.