Moonstar88’s monster hit “Torete” turns 18 this year!
There’s really something magical in this classic song as it has continued to charm fans for almost two decades. This is one OPM hit that remained kept itself fresh with a multitude of interpretations by various local acts over the years - reminding everyone how it feels to fall head over heels in love.
“Torete” was released as a single of Moonstar88 from their debut album Popcorn in 2000 under Alpha Music Philippines but the song was composed by band manager Darwin Hernandez of Soupstar Entertainment back in 1999.
The official music video of “Torete”, which was directed by Robert Quebral, featured the original band lineup Acel Bisa, Herbert Hernandez, Paolo Bernaldo, and William Pineda.
Video Courtesy: Alpha Records
According to Darwin, he wrote the song after being inspired by Eraserheads’ Sticker Happy album. "Ngunit biglang natorete?” was his favorite line from their song “Kaliwete” and so he tried to making a song out of the lyrics.
In an interview with MYX, Darwin shared his thoughts on the continued success of "Torete" 18 years after its debut.
“Nakakatuwa na ginamit ulit sya na soundtrack ng movie na Love You To The Stars And Back tapos may dalawang bagong versions sya galing sa Jensen and the Flips at kay Moira Dela torre na gustung-gusto ko din ang pagkagawa." he said. "I have to give credit sa lahat ng nagcover ng songs na ‘to. From a regular student hanggang kay Ellen Adarna. Syempre lalo na sa Moonstar88 na hindi padin nagsasawang kantahin yung Torete. Sila yung dahilan kaya hanggang ngayon naririnig padin yung song na 'to. Hindi ko din ma-explain pero salamat sa lahat ng nakarelate sa song na 'to."
He continued to thank those behind-the-scenes who made the song what it is today. "Salamat din kay Chuck Isidro at sa Alpha records dahil isa sila sa mga unang naniwala sa “Torete”. Kay Ate Sazi ng Mayric's dahil simula umpisa hanggang ngayon andyan padin ang suporta at pagmamahal nya sa Moonstar88."
"Malaking blessing yung “Torete” sa buhay ko at sa family ko. At every time na maririnig ko to na biglang tinutugtog sa isang restaurant o radio o tv o kinakanta ng isang naglalakad na ale, andun padin yung pakiramdam ko nung una ko s'yang narinig... sa radyo," he said.
Moonstar88 also recently released a special edition "Torete" shirt to celebrate its 18th year.
Here some of the notable versions of “Torete” made by local artists in recent memory.
Video Courtesy: Alodia Gosiengfiao
Video Courtesy: charicesubtitles
Kristel Fulgar and Sue Ramirez
Video Courtesy: Kristel Fulgar Official
Jodi Sta. Maria (from TV Series Be Careful With My Heart)
Moira Dela Torre (Love You To The Stars And Back OST)
Video Courtesy: ABS-CBN Star Music
Also, watch out for Moonstar88’s episode on MYX Live! later today at 6pm and 9pm to witness a MYXclusive 2017 live version of “Torete”!
What's your reaction about "Torete" turning 18 this year? Do you have a personal experience relating to the song? Feel free to leave a comment!