On the first of May, Viva Records released a revival of “Istorya”, originally by The Juans, now performed by no less than Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid. The track dominated the iTunes PH chart for two days. Its official lyric video on YouTube is laden with laudatory comments.
Hundreds have expressed their awe about the intensity of pain Regine made them feel with this song. And who can blame them? Regine starts off slow and nostalgic, just like how a lovesick person would talk about a vision of enduring love he/she has shared with that special someone. And then, even while maintaining a steady rhythm, she takes us to that level where her words are thick with a questioning tone, very much like a jilted lover pleading for an explanation. But even if you haven’t gone through the same experience, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid’s “Istorya” lets you absorb the emotions, so much so that your heart goes out to those who have.
Indeed, this is a proud moment for The Juans, especially for Carl Guevarra, the composer of “Istorya”. In their reaction video posted on YouTube, Carl blurts out, “What did I just hear? It’s so heavenly.” That’s the magic of The Songbird – she takes a heartrending story, delivers it “so heavenly” that you’d like to listen to it all over again even if it stings.