Leanne and Naara Gives Sizzling Take on the ikot Manila’ JIngle
by Inside Manila Team, August 27, 2019 3:50pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
In anticipation of the brand new ikotMNL mobile app launching this September on Google Play and App Store, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) turns to a couple of today's fast-rising local pop superstars for its very own upbeat, funk-infused, and catchy jingle.
The ikotMNL app aims to provide commuters with valuable LRT-1 information such as train schedules, station and fare information, guides to nearby tourist destinations, and a lot more. The LMRC tapped OPM singer-songwriters Leanne and Naara—best known for their covers of "Someday," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and several original compositions—to give their sizzling take on the ikotMNL-jingle, "ikot Manila."
The song is a lush, thumping, and upbeat earworm with a youthful vibe that's heavily influenced by genres such as EDM, disco, and, aptly enough since the jingle is about traveling in the city, Manila Sound, the country's own homegrown dance music back in the 70s.
But ikot Manila is more than all those aforementioned things. Not only does it sound great, but it also shines a light on how easy and convenient it is to commute across Manila on the LRT-1, as well as all the adventures you can have with it.
Multi-awarded composer Jungee Marcelo wrote the song after his experience of rediscovering Manila through LRT-1. He was inspired by the beauty of the LRT-1 line and everything a commuter could find in each station, a concept which he managed to work into the lyrics. He also praised the LRMC's efforts in highlighting and giving local musicians a platform with the Railway Jam busking sessions.
Marcelo considered the selection of Leanne and Naara to be a blessing, as he felt the duo could sing any genre well, and they represented the adventurous and inquisitive Filipino youth.
With all the remarkable factor combining to make such an irresistible piece of music, Filipinos can soon find out for themselves how awesome it is to travel on the city's most iconic rail line, especially with the use of the new ikotMNL app.