Award-winning producer Jonathan Manalo inspires Filipinos to band together in prayer for the country’s salvation through his interpretation of the nationalistic song “Pinakamamahal Kong Bayan” released under Star Music.
The inspirational track was originally written by Soc Villanueva, while the revival was produced by Manalo and arranged by Tommy Katigbak.
“The message of this song has always touched my heart and is still very much relevant today; a lot of times I just find myself breaking into tears while listening to this song,” the creative director of ABS-CBN Music shared.
“I pray that the song’s message will minister to you the way it had ministered to me. God bless our country,” he added.
Manalo is known as an esteemed songwriter and record producer who grew up in a musically inclined family which prompted him to start writing and performing his own songs at a young age. Spanning a career of two decades in the music industry, he has produced more than 25 multi-platinum albums and over 50 gold-certified albums for singers like Gary Valenciano, Jaya, Yeng Constantino, and KZ Tandingan, among others.
Some of his notable masterworks include “Pagbigyang Muli” by Erik Santos, “Pinoy Ako” by Orange & Lemons, and “Patuloy Ang Pangarap” by Angeline Quinto. He also composed “Tara Tena,” which bagged the top prize in 2001’s “JAM: Himig Handog sa Makabagong Kabataan” songwriting competition.