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In October of last year, on my birthday, I found a video of Arnel singing  "GAANO KO IKAW KAMAHAL" --which I loved-It was so beautiful I watched it several times-I also found a youtube version by Celeste:  "Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal - Celeste Legaspi"  I cannot now find Arnel's video and I don't have a clue as to how to put a youtube video on this page or link to it though I have tried different things.  I also have the words and a translation that I can't make too much sense out of.  I would appreciate if anyone could help me find the video of Arnel singing this song.  Also I'm sending  the lyrics and the translation I have.  I'd appreciate it if you all could help me with a better translation so I can know what I'm singing about when I sing this song in Tagalog...yes--it is the only Tagalog I know--but I don't know what it means exacly.  Thanks.  Kathy from CT

 

 

GAANO KO IKAW KAMAHAL

Levi Celerio -- Lyricist
Ernani Cuenco -- Composer

Ikaw lamang ang aking iibigin magpakailanman
Ang pag-ibig ko sa iyo ay tunay
Nais ko sanang patunayan
Huwag ka nang mag-alinlangan
Ang pag-ibig ko'y hindi kukupas
Tulad din ng umagang may pag-asang sumisikat

Ang ating buhay maikli aking Hirang
Kung kaya kailangan ang pagsuyong wagas kailanman
Ang sumpa ko sa iyo ay asahan
Ikaw lamang ang aking iibigin magpakailanman

Ang pag-ibig ko'y hindi kukupas
Tulad din ng umagang may pag-asang sumisikat
Ang ating buhay maikli aking Hirang
Kung kaya kailangan
Ang pagsuyong wagas kailanman
Ang sumpa ko sa Iyo'y asahan
Ikaw lamang ang aking iibigin magpakailanman
Ang sumpa ko sa iyo'y asahan
Ikaw lamang ang aking iibigin magpakailanman

This song is about a man's undying love for his beloved.  He assures her that she is the only one in his life and assures her that his love will not fade just like a morning filled with much hope. 

Translated version of GAANO KO IKAW KAMAHAL.doc

GAANO KO IKAW KAMAHAL HOW I Love You

Levi Celerio -- Lyricist Levi Celerio - Lyricist
Ernani Cuenco -- Composer Ernani Cuenco - Composer

Ikaw lamang ang aking iibigin magpakailanman~~~ Only you my love forever
Ang pag-ibig ko sa iyo ay tunay ~~~I love you truly
Nais ko sanang patunayan~~~ I wanted to prove
Huwag ka nang mag-alinlangan ~~~Do not waver
Ang pag-ibig ko'y hindi kukupas ~~~My love will not fade
Tulad din ng umagang may pag-asang sumisikat ~~~As early also have rising hopes

Ang ating buhay maikli aking Hirang~~~ Our short my chosen life
Kung kaya kailangan ang pagsuyong wagas kailanman~~~ If I ever need the pure pagsuyong
Ang sumpa ko sa iyo ay asahan ~~~I curse you would expect
Ikaw lamang ang aking iibigin magpakailanman~~~ Only you my love forever

Ang pag-ibig ko'y hindi kukupas~~~ My love will not fade
Tulad din ng umagang may pag-asang sumisikat ~~~As early also have rising hopes
Ang ating buhay maikli aking Hirang ~~~Our short my chosen life
Kung kaya kailangan ~~~If so you need
Ang pagsuyong wagas kailanman ~~~The pure ever pagsuyong
Ang sumpa ko sa Iyo'y asahan~~~ It was the curse I expect
Ikaw lamang ang aking iibigin magpakailanman ~~~Only you my love forever
Ang sumpa ko sa iyo'y asahan~~~ I curse thee expect
Ikaw lamang ang aking iibigin magpakailanman ~~~Only you my love forever

This song is about a man's undying love for his beloved.  He assures her that she is the only one in his life and assures her that his love will not fade just like a morning filled with much hope. This song is about a man's undying love for His beloved. He assures her that she is the only one in His life and assures her that will not Fade His love just like a morning filled with much hope.

 

 

 

~~~Thanks again~~~ 

 

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Hi Kathy.....

You are singing this song in Tagalog....???

that is Awesome.....!!!

my Tagalog is a little rusty ... so I will send an SOS message to T'Pat ..our resident translator/interpreter...

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Re: video Technical Help and anything Techie.... send a message to GiJoe.... he's the Admin/Tech in here..

Actually... a good suggestion would be to " friend " both T'Pat and GiJoe....

they'll be very helpful..

I'll send them messages....

Thank You for your beautiful thread.....


Is this the song?can't find the ap version..

Found some of that song from arnel @ 2:22

Thank you so much, Ernie.  Those are the exact videos--I had thought the one of Arnel singing this song was longer, but maybe not. I believe that is why I searched for it on youtube and came up with Celeste's version, which is also beautiful. I played Arnel's over and over, that little bit--I was dreaming that melody.  The look on Arnel's face is so tender and from his heart--this song seems special to him.  I found Celeste's video using the words "ang sumpa ko" on google. And yes, needlessyosay, though I am not a singer--my kids walk away when I sing--I sing this in Tagalog...I don't know the words to sing in English. Besides there is probably more beauty in Arnel's language. I have the words now on both versions and I practiced a lot--now I can practice it some more.  I wish there was a full rendition by Arnel.  I have a cell phone that has an mp3 player--if I could figure out how to use it my praticing would go very well!  I'm not ready for the stage yet--lol.  In August my daughters and I are hoping to go to the Nikon theater in NY or Comcast in Hartford for the Eclipse tour for our birthdays in August, September and October. I'm so excited.  My daughters are 26 and 35--(I have 2 more daughters who are 39 and 41) know all the words to all the Journey songs.  My youngest really suprised me with her knowledge.  She took me to my first Journey concert in 2008 at Nikon Theater and sang every song.  That concert was one of the highlights of my life and the first time I saw Arnel, who is now my favorite singer of all my years--That's a lot of musicand a lot of singers!

Maybe I will be able to go to a Plokker party before I get too old--(What?  Never too old!!) and I can hear Arnel sing this song to me.  Thank you for your suggestions.  I have already requested T' Pat to friend me.  I really appreciate that you found the video of Arnel.  I have watched a lot of videos on this site that are in Tagalog and though I don't understand it, I manage to understand some of what's going on and I found this gem.  The first time, anyway.  God Bless you both.

 

 

You're welcome Miss Kathy,here is the version of the R&B group Legaci the backup singer band of Justine Beiber.Hope Arnel will sing this for you when you attend one of their plokkers eb.

HI Kathy!

 

It is my pleasure to make an English translation of "Gaano Kita Kamahal" just for you!  Hoping nothing was lost in translation though!  Enjoy!

 

Dear Tita Pat -  Thank you so very much for the translation.  It is very beatiful and I am thinking this song probably dates back to the fifties or forties.  The music has that kind of feel no matter who plays it or sings it.  I have been away from my computer as it has had a virus and wouldn't work... I am going now to my youngest daughter's home for a week.  when I get back I will respond to other messages. I would like to present two more versions that are both beautiful.  The one by the Moscow Symphonic Orchestra has a comment " Your mind will fly a thousand miles while listening to this music. So much emotion... you can feel the love in the air. "

 

 

Thanks to GI Joe-- for the tech help I think it will work this time ---

 

Also a vocal version by Rita Razon in which the words seem slightly different : 

 

 

 

And finally, a different song, also very beatiful--I will chase down the words for this one as well.  This one made me cry and I don't know the words.  Yet.      Does Arnel have an album (O, I AM old)  or  rather a disc of Filipino songs?

 

 

 Who would not just be in heaven and feel so cherished having this sung to them...

 

Thanks -GiIjoe--it worked!!  Thank you, too, Ernie.

God Bless you.  Kathy from CT

Thanks, too, to Misty Blue and Ernie, for your other versions,  It amazes me how many differnt arrangements can happen with one song.  Thanks, Ernie for your suggestion to friend Tita Pat and Gijoe--can't have too may friends.  My daughter came to pick me up to stay at her home for a week She fell asleep on my bed an hour ago It's 2:30 am now--so I'll keep on plokking til she wakes up.  Thanks again. Kathy

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