Song Feature: Hanggang Kailan – Angeline Quinto

Some songs simply hit our emotions with its great melody and finely written lyrics. Others worm their way into our ears and play like a broken record inside our heads. And then there are tunes that upon first listen you just know will be a good theme song for a teleserye.

Take the case of “Hanggang Kailan.” Composed by singer-songwriter Joel Mendoza, the song is one of the fifteen Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs finalists this year. Now, let Angeline Quinto sing it and you have the ingredients for another tear-jerking soundtrack for a drama series. After all, she is hailed as the “Queen of Teleserye Theme Songs” in the local scene.

Incidentally, Quinto’s most recent teleserye hit is entitled “Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin” from the ground-breaking and well-received “The Legal Wife,” which starred Angel Locsin, Maja Salvador and Jericho Rosales. But aside from the title, the only other similarities the two songs share is that both tracks will most probably make it into Quinto’s Greatest Collection album a decade from now.

“Hanggang Kailan” just about hits anyone who is mending a broken heart. But it can also be taken as an anthem for someone who can’t move on, in the hopes that he or she will end up in the loving arms of a lost loved one someday.

People love singing along to a great tune and that is exactly what the chorus offers with its first lines: “Hanggang kalian kita iibigin, hanggang saan kita hahanapin.” One can’t help but visualize a man or a woman drinking and then singing this line in a videoke club. “At kung sakaling bumalik ka sa piling ko, tatanggapin kita nang walang isusumbat sa iyo!” This pinches the heart, doesn’t it? The undying lines of a martyr in love.

“Hanggang Kailan” is a serious contender for this year’s song festival. Hitmaker Vehnee Saturno will surely be proud of this piece by Mendoza who considers the well-respected veteran songwriter and arranger as a mentor. Mendoza was diagnosed with hairy cell leukemia in August 2009. He has written more than 200 songs. It was Saturno who convinced him to produce an album entitled “Pakinggan Mo Ako” in 2011.

The drama of real life inspiring Mendoza combined Quinto’s skill in interpreting love songs, “Hanggang Kailan” has a chance to be one of the OPM hits to come out of Himig Handog and be counted with the likes of Wency Cornejo’s “Hanggang,” Bituin Escalante’s “Kung Ako Na Lang Sana’” Piolo Pascual’s “Kung Ako Ba Siya,” Daniel Padilla’s “Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat,” and Aiza Seguerra’s “Anong Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa.”

And did I say that “Hanggang Kailan” will be a good theme song for a teleserye?