Mike Velarde (composer)

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Mike Velarde was a composer, conductor, musical director and screenwriter. His career spanned almost five decades, from 1920s to 1970s, crossing over from music to film and vice versa. A lover of jazz, he also played his own jazz arrangements on the piano.

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Biography

Velarde was exposed to music at an early age when his mother taught him how to play piano and violin. He studied at the Zamboanga Normal School, where he became a member of the school orchestra. He went to Manila to take up medicine at the University of the Philippines, but later realized his passion for music. His father objected to his plans to pursue a career in music. To support his dream, he became a bus conductor.

Career

Velarde appeared in a weekly show, Stardust Program, where he sang and played his own jazz arrangements on the piano. He learned the theory of harmony and composition from Antonio Molina and Ariston Avelino, and further honed his knowledge through self-study. He ventured into musical scores for Sampaguita Films' movie production and managed the outfit's advertising. During the Japanese Occupation, he worked as a musical director for Avenue Theater, where his concertized arrangements of folk songs like Planting Rice were well-received by the audience. Regarded as his most important works are Luksang Tagumpay (1960), which received the FAMAS Best Picture award from the Filipino Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS), and for which he wrote the story and screenplay, and Alaala Kita (1961). He won the FAMAS awards for the story of Luksang Tagumpay and for his musical direction of Alaala Kita. As a composer, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter first influenced Velarde. Later, he created his own style and produced songs such as Ikaw (1935), Lahat ng Araw (1939), Habang Buhay (1938), Minamahal Kita, Ikaw ay Akin (1940), and Dahil Sa Iyo'Italic text (1938). In 1970, he won the Best conductor award at the First International Popular Song Contest in Japan, where his composition As Long as Forever'Italic text was the Philippine entry. In 1975 the Philippine Government Cultural Association awarded him the Cultural Achievement Award in Popular Music. He received the Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining in 1986.


Discography

As composer:

  • Ako’y Iyong Iyo
  • Alaala Kita
  • Alay sa Iyo
  • Alipin Ng Palad
  • Amor Santo
  • Ang Bukas Ay Atin
  • Ang Dating Sumpaan
  • Ang Pag-asa Ko
  • Apoy Sa Langit
  • As Long As Forever
  • Ay, Ay, Ay
  • Bakit Hindi Ka Dumating?
  • Be Mine
  • Believe Me
  • Bilin
  • Binabakas Ko pa
  • Biro Ng Tadhana
  • Bituin
  • Bituing Marikit
  • Buenavista
  • Buhat
  • Buhay
  • Buhay sa Bukid
  • Bulaklak ng Buenavista
  • Carlos 13
  • Dahil sa Iyo
  • Dalisay
  • Dating Sumpaan
  • Dedicated To you
  • Diwa Ng Karagatan
  • Eternally Yours
  • Every Moment and Today
  • Fernando Lope mRch
  • Forward, Mrcos
  • Gabay Ng Magulang
  • Gabi at Araw
  • Habang Buhay
  • Halina
  • Hanggang Ako’y May Hininga
  • Hanggang Sa WAkas
  • Harana
  • Hindi Ko Akalain
  • Hindi Mo Ba Nakikita
  • How Can I Thankl You
  • Ikaw
  • Ikaw Ang Ouso ng Bayan
  • Ikaw Ay Akin
  • Ikaw Ay sa Akin
  • Imelda
  • Imelda, Ikaw Ang Aking Buhay
  • It’s You
  • Kahit Minsan Lang
  • Kaluluwang Napaligaw
  • Kung Nasaan Ka
  • Kung sakali Man
  • Laging Ikaw
  • Lagot Na Kwintas
  • Lahat ng Araw
  • Ligaya
  • Lope Balitaw
  • Lope Pasodoble
  • Maawa Ka
  • Mabuhay Bayang Mahal
  • Madaling Araw
  • Maging Akin Lamang
  • Magmula Ngayon
  • Magpakailanman
  • Mapait Na Lihim
  • Marcos Calypso
  • Marcos March
  • Mga Kaluluang Napaligaw
  • Milagro Ng Nazareno
  • Minamahal Kita
  • Musical Score for Film
  • Nang Dahil Sa Iyo, Ako’y Lumigaya
  • Nasaan Ka Irog
  • Ngayon at Kailanman Man
  • Nina Bonita
  • Now And Forever
  • Orasang Ginto
  • Paalam Na, Goodbye
  • Pag-asa ko
  • Pagsikat na ng Araw
  • Pakiusap
  • Pangarap Ko’y Ikaw Rin
  • Pasang Krus
  • Pista ng Bayan
  • Pista ng Puso
  • Sa Hirap at Ginhawa
  • Sa Paanan Ng Krus
  • Sakim
  • Sara Soliente
  • Sayonara, Paalam Na
  • Serenata Sa Nayon
  • Since You Went Away
  • Sisneng Sawing Palad
  • Siya'y Aking Anak
  • Stop Mac, Go Marcos
  • Taga-Bukid
  • Tanging Ikaw
  • The Nightmare IS Over
  • Titibok-tibok
  • To My Beloved Imelda, Forever I Shall Love You
  • Tunay Na Ina
  • Ugoy-Ugoy Blues
  • Ulilang Puso
  • Walang Iba
  • We Greet You Mabuhay
  • What Else Can I Ask For


As lyricist:

  • Ikaw
  • Minamahal Kita
  • Taga-Bukid


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