King of Talk Boy Abunda debuts as a composer

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  • Boy recalled telling this project to playwright and director Floy Quinto when he was still alive.

King of Talk Boy Abunda

Award-winning television host Boy Abunda has ventured into the world of music, showcasing his versatility as a composer with the release of six powerful gay-themed songs in celebration of Pride Month under Star Music.

These songs, each a unique expression of the LGBTQ+ experience, are brought to life by diverse performers. Bilang, Say It Clear, Say It Loud, and Ideal World are performed by Saga, Antenor, and Raven, showcasing the power of collaboration. Kalbaryo is a soulful solo by Antenor, while Diyos Ko, Diyos Ko, and Papa Hallelujah are heartfelt renditions by Saga and Raven, respectively.

The first song, "Bilang," has been released on all music platforms, and the lyric video can be viewed on all of Boy's platforms.

Boy said the upbeat song 'Bilang' calls on national leaders to conduct a census of the LGBTQ community in the country.

"We need an LGBTQ census. It's going to cost a lot of money and groundwork. I was telling some of our leaders, 'Sana matulungan ninyo kami.' Bilangin lang through census. It's not tantamount to outing. Para lang ito sa gustong mabilang. Kung gusto mo lang mabilang sa LGBTQ community. Wala itong pilitan," Boy said. "Data is power. Numbers collectively are power. That's what 'Bilang' is all about."

Asked how long it took him to write the songs, Boy said: Mabilis lang. Sinusulat ko lang. I would like to give you an example. The song is Papa Hallelujah. It's about the pope.


"Kulang kami ng isang kanta. We were in a recording studio. Sabi nila, 'Kulang tayo ng isang kanta.' Sabi ko, 'Sulatin ko.'

"I was not conscious about measurements when I wrote these songs — sinusulat ko lang. So inisip ko lang ano ba ang sinabi ng Santo Papa? And then sabi bawasan ninyo ito or dagdagan ito. Ganun lang.

"I know the LGBT story. I know the pain. I know the core pain of the movement inside and outside the community. Kaya, I have no illusions.

"Not everybody will agree with me. Ang akin lang is sana, we can sit down despite our differences. Kasi differences are good. You can do yours, and I can do mine. Pero iisa lang ang goal natin.

"Ito parang sinasabi ko lang is subukan natin ang kanta, ang makipag-usap para makapagpakilala tayo ng maayos.

"Hindi ako nakikipag-away. Ayoko makipag-away. Gusto ko lang makipag-kwentuhan, hopefully using music," Boy said.


Boy recalled telling this project to playwright and director Floy Quinto when he was still alive. 

"Sabi niya, 'ang sarap gawing musical.' Yes, it will happen. Itutuloy namin yan kasi ang dami naming kanta," he also said.

Boy said his latest venture is a partnership between him and Star Music.

"I don't want to label the songs as, yes, LGBTQ-themed. Pero ilalaban namin ito as music. The project is a partnership between me and Star Music," he said.

Entertainment journalists who attended the media conference at the Coffee Project in Quezon City were treated to a small listening party of Boy's songs, which will be released every subsequent Friday after June 7.


Boy also explored the idea of having physical copies of the songs for collectors.

"Gusto ko talagang magkaroon ng physical copies nito. I am having it costed now. I want to have a vinyl version of the songs," he said. "My friends abroad are very excited about this project, so we are in the process of translating the songs into Tagalog and English."

The host of the "Fast Talk With Boy Abunda" on GMA Network lamented that homophobia, the fear of gay people or their sexual orientation, is still widespread in the modern world.

"We want to be seen and heard. The truth is that we are invisible in many countries. This is 2024, and it's all happening. Last time, in our show 'CIA with BA,' meron kaming kaso kung saan ang tatay ay binubugbog at pinapahiya ang kanyang gay na anak. 

"I had the chance to talk to them. Umiyak ako. Sabi ko sa sarili ko, 'Nangyayari pa ba ito? 2024 na.' Yes, it is still happening. Homophobia is still prevalent. There is homophobia at home, in our workplace, and sometimes nagtatago under the guise of sometimes love. So that's what the song is all about," he said.

(I had the chance to talk to them. I cried. I said to myself, 'Is this still happening? It's 2024.' Yes, it is still happening. Homophobia is still prevalent. There is homophobia at home, which sometimes hides under the guise of love.)


Boy stated that he dedicates his songs to the younger generation of gay individuals.

"I'm doing this for the young generation of gays, lesbians and LGBTQ people. Ayokong sabihin nila one day, si Tito Boy walang ginawa (para sa LGBTQ)," he said.

Boy added: "Ang hinihingi lang naman namin is just to be us. Is that too much? Kalabisan ba yun? Ito ang sinisigaw nila mula noon pang 1960s at hanggang ngayon.

"I'm here again in the entertainment sphere because this is the industry that I am most familiar with. 

"Tignan natin. Subukan natin. Again, ayoko makipag-debate. Sabi ko nga sa kantang Ideal World na huwag mong kalilimutan, 'I am here not to be you, just here to be me.'