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[dropcap id="Kids" letter="K"]ids, you may not know it, but every single bit of music you hear in a TV show needs to be paid for or given due credit, unless you’re a horrible douchebag like, oh, say, Glee. This is just fair, after all: you’re using music, someone’s music, to give a kind of mood and atmosphere to your TV show, and obviously, your TV show is aiming to make money, and the music is part and parcel of that machinery.

But just a couple of decades or so ago, Philippine TV was beholden to no such concepts, and so we all ripped music off for our TV shows wholesale. I don’t just mean, say,




taking Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up” and then changing the lyrics to come up with “Iskul Bukol”.

We don’t even mean taking “Chandeliers” by The Care and then using the song’s melody to unironically sing a song about Filipino pride.

We’re looking at songs that were used for TV shows straight from the source, excluding “That’s Entertainment,” because that’s just too obvious. For Pinoys who grew up watching these shows, these 8 songs forever go hand in hand with these TV shows, original source and context be damned.









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This dating show, hosted by the timeless Plinky Recto, may not have been a ratings monster, but it certainly had its moments. The memorable theme song was liberally taken from the Pretty Woman soundtrack.

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Oh, yes. The classic drama series we all knew and loved. This was a beautiful piece that just went so well with the late Helen Vela’s ever-somber delivery.

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Oh, yes. The other classic drama series we all knew and loved. We were flipping channels back then without the aid of a remote control, all the while adjusting our antennas as we went from Channel 2 to 7 in rapid succession, and as our good friend Stanley Chi would be happy to tell you, we’d switch to Channel 9 only when we wanted to know what time it was, unless…

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…unless you were watching Battle of the Brains, that is. Who could ever forget David Celdran? Just like the devilishly handsome and well-endowed author of this list, I do wish the show were brought back, although you can be sure they won’t be using the same theme music anymore, lest Vangelis’s glorious facial hair gives any would-be producers a stern lashing.

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Long before she moved to TV5, went back to ABS-CBN, then got booted from her show, the Diamond Star showed off her acting prowess in a weekly drama special on Tuesday nights, elevating her to A-List status as a dramatic actress. Nowadays, most of her crying happens without a camera in front of her.

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For those of you who might be forgetting, Christopher De Leon is every bit as funny as he is amazing at being a matinee idol or host of Who Wants To Be a Millioniare? before Vic Sotto decided to have a go at it. Goin’ Bananas was living proof, as Boyet strut his stuff with the rest of the Bad Bananas: Edgar Mortiz, and the late great pair of Johnny Delgado and Jay Ilagan. Of course, where these four went, Whitney Tyson was never far behind.

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The only show still on the air out of all these eight, the classic TV Patrol opening theme was just perfect for a news program. Who knew? Their current theme, no matter how good, simply pales in comparison.

Just for kicks, here. Treat yourself to a video of the evolution of their theme and logo. For added amusement, start the video and shout “Teevee!!!” Then, hold your breath until the end of the clip, and shout…

…“Patrol!!!”

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Probably because The Little Mermaid was too busy under the sea, one of the longest-running sitcoms of our time that did not star Dolphy decided to take the music in the ballroom scene of the film as its own theme song. You would think that with all the times they changed who was portraying Faye in the show, they would have replaced their opening theme as many times, too, but no, that didn’t happen. Fireworks was inextricably tied with Okay Ka, Fairy Ko for pretty much its entire run.

How do they have fireworks under the sea, to begin with?

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Janus Dosequis Harvey

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