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ALAMAT, Lyca, revives Hiligaynon folk lullaby with collab single ‘ILY ILY’

ALAMAT, Lyca, revives Hiligaynon folk lullaby with collab single ‘ILY ILY’


ALAMAT has dropped the latest single off their upcoming extended play (EP).

On August 23, the multilingual P-Pop group premiered the music video for their new song. It is the second track from their anticipated mini-album and a follow-up to an earlier release, “Say U Love Me.”

ILY ILY most likely derived its title from the original folk song “Ili Ili Tulog Anay.” The same famous Hiligaynon lullaby was sampled, with its original verse being the introduction to this modern revival.

Additionally, the sextet collaborated with the 17-year-old singer and actress Lyca Gairanod for this piece. In 2014, she joined and won the grand prize for the reality singing competition, The Voice Kid Philippines.

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During the title reveal, the group said that the song examines the sadness felt by the children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). From their perspective, it sings longingness and the desire to reunite with loved ones that are away.

Like their last singles, ILY ILY is sung in 7 different languages. It mainly has rap verses in Bicolano, Waray, Cebuano, Ilocano and Pampango. Meanwhile, the main chorus and some lines are sung in Filipino.

Furthermore, the MV features the members of ALAMAT and Lyca in a house set during a celebration. It contains many visual elements with representations and symbolisms open to various viewers’ interpretations.

Starting midnight on August 24, ILY ILY will be available on all streaming music platforms.

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