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Florante de Leon, better known as Florante, is a folk music artist known for the 1970s hit songs like Handog, Abakada and Ako'y Isang Pinoy. He was one of the artists considered instrumental to the emergence of Pinoy folk music Philippines.



Florante started his career by playing with several bands. Influenced by the growing popularity of folk and country music in the West, he gave up his band and decided to go solo to pursue a music career as a folksinger. Florante began composing his own materials, relying on his poetic talent and guitar skills. He started playing his own songs in different venues until a recording company took notice of him and offered him a recording contract. He quickly rose to fame when his songs played on the radio.

Folk-rock and Manila sound

Florante was one of the early leading exponent of Pinoy folk-rock during DZRJ-AM radio boom in Manila during the 1970s. While at his peak, two of some popular folk artist were beginning to create names for themselves:Freddie Aguilar and Heber Bartolome.

Florante is considered a part of the 1970s' Manila sound.


  • Abakada
  • Ako
  • Ako'y Pinoy
  • Ako'y Tao
  • Ang Bisaya
  • Awiting Sariling Atin
  • Bahay
  • Bugtong Bugtong
  • Daliri
  • Di Ko Kailangan
  • Digmaan
  • Gitara Ko
  • Halimbawa
  • Handog
  • Hele
  • Ibon
  • Kahit Konti
  • Kahit Konti
  • Kay Sarap Umawit
  • Laya
  • Mag-ama
  • Malaman
  • Musika
  • Nagtanan
  • Nais Ko Sanang
  • Ngayon
  • Pag-ibig sa Pag-ibig
  • Pawis At Tubig
  • Pinay
  • Sana
  • Sepulturero
  • Si Tatang
  • Sino Si Santa Klaus
  • Takot
  • Tapayan (Kwentong Naliw)
  • Timbangan ng Pag-ibig
  • Ulan, Ulan, Ulan
  • Unan
  • Watawat




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