As we noted in an earlier post, one of our visitors found this blog by googling “Who is the singer of Layad, one of the greatest song in Cordillera Administrative Region in the Philippines?”
We said that, to our knowledge, the song was popularized by Lourdes Gomeyac-Fangki who, if we’re not mistaken, has a blog here.
In the comments, Cheryl Daytec-Yangot, added this information about the song which we found to be very interesting and so we decided to upload it here:
The one who wrote it is a Mr. Oakes from Bontoc Central but it was first sang and popularized by Pedro Chinalpan.
According to Aunt Salma Martin (who prodded me to let everyone know the truth about the song), Mr. Oakes was so in love with a fair Bontoc maiden. However, the relationship did not prosper because the woman married a Mr. Claver.
Heartbroken, Mr. Oakes wrote the song. No wonder it is about a love that went wrong somewhere. I wonder why it is sung at weddings when its mood is so somber it could actually move you to sadness and tears.
Yun lang. This is just to give credit where credit is due.
Thanks, Cheryl. Cheryl also added that the melody is actually from an American song called “When There’s Love at Home”.
We must say that we’re a bit disappointed to hear that the song is not entirely “ours”.
But, true enough, when we googled “When There’s Love at Home”, we found out that the song was composed by John Hugh McNaughton. You can read more about the composer and his song here. And you can listen to or download recordings of the song here.
So now that we have established that we actually borrowed Layad nan Likhatan’s melody, we think that the title, “Greatest Song of the Cordillera Administrative Region” is still up for grabs. What song do you think deserves the title?
Anyways, the above video is a another version of the song, this time with an “upbeaty” sound, by the Pe’tune band. You can read more about this new version at Bontoc Ikholot.