SONG REVIEW: Tulad Mo by TJ Monterde


Songwriter and acoustic balladeer, TJ Montende, worked harmoniously with his pen, and guitar, once more as he delivers his new single “Tulad Mo.” This mid-tempo track is somehow different yet reminiscent of his previous single ‘Sa Tuwina,’ sharing the same delightful vibe.

The song rhythmically shares the moment when you asked your special someone his or her name. The urge to know more about that someone, and the tell-tale signs of being in love were all captured by Tulad Mo’s first verses. The simple romantic lyrics, playful rhythm and catchy lines, accompanied by deft guitar playing make it appealing to all ages. And with that, it can also pass as a perfect soundtrack to a hit rom-com film.

Being the composer, TJ described Tulad Mo as a song of appreciation dedicated to a very special person. One of the lines says “Pag-ibig ko’y aking sinulat at ikaw ang pamagat,” hints that this easy-listening track is a song meant for someone.

The singer-composer further revealed Tulad Mo was originally titled “Kristina,” to whom the song was dedicated. The chorus was already penned ahead, and verses were added while courting his recent girlfriend, KZ Tandingan. The song finished by the time their relationship became official.

Shot in Monte Café in Antipolo, the official music video shows TJ admiring a barista played by Kat Aurellano. The well-designed menu on board became a pleasant backdrop which added good flavor and blissful effect. TJ, while playing the guitar, seems to secretly serenading Kat. While the music video progresses to its second half, TJ writes on paper cups which will turn into a romantic twist just before the video ends.

TJ Monterde consistently delivers heartwarming and subtle singing with skillful guitar playing. This radio-friendly song is another great contribution to OPM playlist. If you haven’t heard the song and haven’t seen the music video yet, watch it below and share us how you feel.

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Nixon Abonita

A wanderer and music addict who loves listening to pop, rnb and contemporary music. A curator of music charts, he is always updated with the latest hits, and loves to share fun facts and trivia.