The opening lines of this song alone (Maraming beses na kitang nilayasan…) is a sure draw to remind any expat Filipino of what he or she misses back in the Philippines– namely, the effervescent spirit that prevails in this crowded metropolis and the lightheartedness of the average Pinoy despite personal and societal woes.
The band Hotdog sings the refrain with gusto and tongue-in-cheek humor and with an exaggerated drawling, Americanised accent, perhaps to poke fun with the homesick balikbayan (homecoming expat Pinoy). Manila jeepneys and the typical Pinay beauty are cited in the song as among the charms of Manila.
With their chart success, Hotdog’s Manila became what is known in the 1970s as the ‘Manila Sound,’ establishing the popularity of original Filipino music in Southeast Asia. Manila was a big hit that the national carrier Philippine Airlines played or used the song it in the late 1970s during their on-flight announcements.
For nostalgic (1970s) retro pop, nothing beats Manila by Hotdog.
Mabuhay ang Manila!
Follow the You Tube link below to sample Manila.