It began as the theme song for the swimsuit round of the inaugural Miss Universe Philippines beauty pageant held in Baguio City last Oct. 25.
Almost one month later, this infectious OPM song interpreted by independent artist JM Bales, 27, remains to be a favorite among music lovers and Tiktokers.
You won’t see JM performing in the the swimsuit competition of the pageant. Just his singing voice in the background as the top 16 semi-finalists paraded in their swimwear created by Dubai based designer Furne One of Amato Couture.
When JM performed “Magandang Dilag” on “Unang Hirit,” he said that the song was composed by Kiko Salazar for the Miss Universe Philippines pageant.
Netizens praised the song for its beat and for showcasing the beauty of Filipinos. But the fun part of it is when they caught themselves humming its melody and hear it play on a continuous loop in their heads. Talk about last song syndrome.
Relive the swimsuit competition of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant in this official video released by Empire Philippines:
Here’s what some netizens are saying about “Magandang Dilag.”
“I LOVE HOW MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATIONS WAS ABLE TO SHOWCASE FILIPINO SINGER AND THIS VERY EXTRAORDINARY SONG FOR MUP 2020.CONGRATULATIONS PO!!!!! LOVE YOUR SONG SO MUCH. ❤️❤️❤️😘🤗🤗”
“LSS ever since the swimsuit round. OPM really is IMPROVING. I won’t be surprised if we reach the international scene like the Kpop levels.”
“Asahang gagamitin to sa swimsuit round ng mga local pageants. Sobrang ganda e, bagay na bagay talaga sa swimsuit round!”
“Truly its Iloilo’s year, an Ilonggo artist and Ilonggo Queen. Never been so proud of my city.”
“Omg I’m shookt that JM BALES sing this gosh he’s my fave contestant in TNT finally he’s talent is acknowledged.”