Whatever happened to Tito Mina?
I was in the conference room together with some of my analysts and while working on some of the pending tickets that needs our attention I popped the question out of the blue.
Do you guys know who Tito Mina is?
So I gave them a list of songs from the guy, “Got to let you know”, “Honey”, “Ikaw pa rin”.
And still they told me that they have not heard of him.
So, I played “Ikaw pa rin” (probably his most popular song) and one guy, finally said, “ah ok, siya ba ‘yun”.
Wasn’t born during his era, believe it or not, I wasn’t there when Tito Mina was mesmerizing locals and foreigners (he married a European beauty queen). But I remember growing up hearing his music.
My father loves his songs. And he bought for his family, a cassette tape of his “the very best” songs. He got the tape with a fancy looking plastic casing, guess where? Saudi!
I was googling Tito Mina and could not find a site or even a wikipedia dedicated to him. I’ve always thought of him as one of our best musicians. One of our all time best acoustic song writer-performer.
He left the country with his European wife. Whatever his reasons were, he made the big decision to leave and take his music somewhere else.
Probably played for the lonely Filipino communities in those cold Euro nations.
Everybody serves in their own little way.
I’m sure somewhere he’s still playing those soothing songs.
Still love his music!
I found this uploaded on Youtube. “Ikaw Pa Rin” is definitely one of his best songs. All time OPM classic my friends.
(31 January 2013)