Some people associate February with love because of Valentine’s Day, but as many would probably agree to, romantic relationships entail a handful of sacrifices and complications that make the meaning of love month different for every individual.
Here are some songs to check out to accompany you this season, whatever state your heart might be in at present:
Wanting to break free from an unhealthy relationship: “O Bakit Ba” by Gigi De Lana ft. The Gigi Vibes
This pop rock anthem which serves as the key track of Gigi’s debut album poses a question that will surely stir painful memories for anyone who has ever felt stuck in a relationship that has no security. This is perfectly depicted in its music video—a prequel to Gigi’s “Sakalam”—which also stars Markus Paterson as Gigi’s lover.
Reeling from the end of a romance: “Did I Let You Go” by Jon Guelas
Breakups are hard in itself but what happens after—the what-ifs, urge to get back together, and of course pain—is even harder. This Tarsier Records single by Fil-Brit singer-songwriter Jon encapsulates that inescapable feeling of being lost post-split, and you can bask in all the feels from the stripped down version of the track in the upcoming second season of “He’s Into Her.”
Thinking of ‘the one that got away’: “Can’t Get Out” by Jem Macatuno
A soft pop single written and composed by Star Pop artist Jem, this song is perfect for those who still find it hard to stop thinking about a romance that could have been. Its music video stars Jem’s fellow “PBB Otso” housemates Ashley del Mundo and Tan Roncal which shows them being each other’s ‘the one that got away’ or TOTGA.
Longing for reciprocation of love: “Kung Kita’y Kapiling” by Troy Laureta ft. Jake Zyrus
Troy’s version of this timeless love song spectacularly performed by Jake will easily usher goosebumps to listeners, especially for those who currently yearns for the affection of someone they love deeply. Its music video features drag queen Valentina who shot to fame while competing in “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
In need of reassurance that you’re worth it: “Halaga” by Maki
This chill R&B song is filled with the beautiful words of Tarsier Records artist Maki who aims to remind listeners of their worth. If you’re still in the process of nursing a past heartbreak or working towards self-love, this song is all the reassurance you’ll need that one day, someone will love you the way you’ve always deserved to be loved.
Ready to fall head over heels for someone: “Magpakita Ka Na” by Zephanie
Healing is the most important part of entering a new relationship, but once that’s done and you’re ready to let someone in again, the waiting game can be quite brutal. Zephanie’s single from her self-titled debut album under Star Music captures the emotions of someone who is now prepared not only to fall in love but also face the risks of being in a relationship.
Finally found ‘the one’: “Ikaw at Ako (Hanggang Dulo)” by Zion Aguirre
Love is both hell and heaven, but if you’re lucky enough to finally be with the right person, this upbeat feel-good track will surely resonate with you on another level. In this Tarsier Records release, Zion makes a case for a love that overcomes hardships and defeats challenges—simply because you’re with ‘the one.’