About this song

Kundiman, Anak Dalita


Composer: Santiago, Francisco
Lyricist: Jesus Balmori and Deogracias Rosario
Performer: Mabuhay Singers
Album: Mabuhay Singers Sing Kundiman
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Genre: Art Song
Form: Kundiman
Historical Period: American Period
Date of Composition: 1917
Movie Scoring: Theme for the LVN movie "Anak-dalita" (1956), starring Rosa Rosal and Tony Santos
About the Song: This is regarded as the first art song-kundiman, making Francisco Santiago as the "father of the kundiman-art song." A cancion Filipina written in serenade style, "Kundiman" (also known as "Ako'y Anak ng Dalita") is based on Deogracias Rosario's poignant poem. It is noted for its simplicity and intimacy wherein in Rosario's typically romantic words,"the heartsick lover pleads for pity and mercy." (From the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, vol. 6, p. 245)