Creating nostalgia is no easy feat. The subtlest of inaccuracies on the filmmaker’s part can ruin the experience for his viewers. Everything must be in place to set the mood suitable for reverie, for his audience to lose themselves in the fixed parcel of time he recreates.
Auraeus Solito wanted his audience to walk into Pisay with his characters. He wanted them to have a feel of his alma mater during his time. The set was already in place. Costumes and vintage props were in order. The characters’ dialogues spewed dated slang and 80s icons. To complete his illusion, Solito called a few of his friends to help out. The result was a collection of original Filipino compositions that could pass off as 80s singles.
Eraserheads alumni Raimund Marasigan and Buddy Zabala, who worked with Solito on their “Ang Huling El Bimbo” music video (the female lead of which was played by Pisay’s Wena Basco), composed most of the music. As Squid 9, Marasigan performed “Lingunin Mo Sana Ako,” a slow ballad dripping with the longing of unrequited love. He then worked with Lourd de Veyra on “Egis Er’p!” a tongue-twisting track that salutes 80s wordplay and syllable switching.
Zabala and then Sugarfree frontman Ebe Dancel worked on “Ang Puso Kong Musmos,” an ode to education. Zabala also arranged the music for Mcoy Fundales’s “Poor Li’l Rich Girl Grown Up.” It was one of the tracks playing in the movie’s dance scene together with Imago’s “Love is in My Hair.” Jansen Musico