Charo Santos-Concio talks about recording a Tagalog version of the song ‘Desiderata’ for MMK’s commemorative album.
2016 is definitely an exciting year for Charo Santos-Concio as the drama anthology Maalala Mo Kaya celebrates its 25th year with a commemorative album.
Featuring 12 carefully chosen songs covered by Filipino singers, plus recorded reflections in between, the Life Songs with Charo Santos album was produced by Star Music.
One of its songs, “Desiderata” (originally written by Max Ehrmann in 1927) has its spoken parts translated in Filipino and recited by Charo while the chorus was performed by the all-star cast of Lea Salonga, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Lani Misalucha, Ogie Alcasid, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Sharon Cuneta, and TBUP Choir.
“It was introduced to me when I was in high school at simula ‘nung napakinggan ko siya, nagresonate na sa akin ‘yung mensahe ‘nung poem. So ‘nung nabigyan ng pagkakataong makapaglabas ng commemorative album, I suggested to Jonathan (Manalo, the producer). Tapos I went to YouTube ‘no, I would listen to the original version and then I found other versions translated in Latin, Spanish, German. So sabi ko, walang Tagalog version, I think I want to bring the message of the poem of Desiderata to the Filipino people,” she said during the album’s media launch.
Charo also added that she hopes listeners will, “Find it in their hearts to be still and to reflect about the beauty of life.”
Meanwhile, aside from the album, another milestone for Charo’s career after she retired from her post as ABS-CBN’s president last year, is returning to acting with the Lav Diaz film, Ang Babaeng Humayo.
The movie is scheduled to have its world premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival from August 31 to September 10.
How is she preparing for this? “Wala pa kasi dumating lang ‘yung balita noong Thursday evening eh may konting raket pa ako. Hindi ko pa napapag-isipan pero darating tayo diyan. I hope to be able to go,” she answered.
When asked if the movie will have two versions for the international and local releases, Charo answered, “I have not heard from Mr. Ronald Arguelles of Cinema One because it’s a co-production of Cinema One and Sine Olivia ni Lav. I have not heard from them basta ang alam ko, the movie runs for 3 hours and 47 minutes.”
Regarding her next career move, according to Charo, she does not really plan and take things as they come. “I just go with the flow. Whatever comes my way, if I feel that it’s going to be another great learning experience then I go for it.”
She also recalled that the offer to do the movie with Lav happened over dinner. “Hindi ko talaga pinaplano. I just enjoy every moment and ‘yun nga, the attitude is always, if there’s something new to learn, I’ll go for it,” she said.