Music has always been integral to the lives of many Filipinos here in the Philippines and around the world. Through happy days and lonely nights, there’s a perfect song for our emotions, fitting our lives like missing puzzle pieces — each line striking a chord from our memory.
Ramon Khino ‘RK’ Bagatsing plays the role of OPM icon Rey Valera in the musical biopic film ‘Kahit Maputi Na ang Buhok Ko,’ which explores and relives the inspirations of his hit songs. These include real-life people, situations, communities, and times that move him to create such beautiful compositions that rapidly fired up the local music scene, not just during his heyday but also across decades of his career.
‘Kahit Maputi Na ang Buhok Ko’ puts a spotlight on the most popular among Rey Valera’s top hits. In the story, these songs weave a tapestry of the human condition and present how these stories reflect everyman’s triumphs and challenges. Through composite characters, the origins of these hit OPM songs are personified and given importance.
The hit songs from the hitmaker
These songs include the following:
- Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko
- Malayo Pa Ang Umaga
- Mr. DJ
- Pangako Sa ‘Yo
- Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo
- Maging Sino Ka Man
- Kung Kailangan Mo Ako
- Tayong Dalawa
- Ako si Superman
The film also highlights some of Rico J. Puno’s greatest hit songs from the 1970s and 1980s up to the early 2000s.
‘Kahit Maputi’ has an astounding lineup of stars (in alphabetical order): Aljur Abrenica, Rico Barrera, Gelli de Belen, Josh de Guzman, Christopher de Leon, Lotlot de Leon, Jenine Desiderio, Meg Imperial, Ronnie Lazaro, Gian Magdangal, Carlo Mendoza, Ara Mina, Arlene Muhlach, Pekto Nacua, Eric Nicolas, Dennis Padilla, Epy Quizon, Arman Reyes, Ariel Rivera, Ricky Rivero, Rosanna Roces, Lloyd Samartino, Shira Tweg, Lou Veloso, and Gardo Versoza.
An anthology and origin film
Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko: The Music of Rey Valera) is an anthology and origin film of the life and career of Rey Valera, centering on the inspirations behind his Original Pilipino Music chartbusters.
Produced by Saranggola Media and directed by Joven Tan, and top-billed by critically-acclaimed Filipino actor RK Bagatsing, the film is told in segments devoted to the Rey Valera selected hits. Within the film are segment tributes to the late Rico J. Puno for whom Rey wrote.
There is a standalone segment on Ako Si Superman which Rey intended for Rico J. Puno but the “Total Performer” was unable to record them, though he suggested that Rey sing it himself and for which Rey gained spotlight attention.