About this song

Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal

Composer: Cuenco, Ernani
Lyricist: Levi Celerio
Arranger: Eddie Munji
Performer: Celeste Legaspi
Album: Larawan ng Buhay / Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal [Single]
Notes: From the album "Ako at si Celeste"
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Key / Mode: F major
Genre: Songs of Love and Courtship
Form: Ballad
Historical Period: Contemporary
Date of Composition: 1979
Premiere Performance: First performed as a duet by sopranos Conching Rosal and Evelyn Mandac at a Cultural Center of the Philippines Recital
Movie Scoring: Won best musical direction in the Urian Award as theme of the 1980 movie of the same title starring Lito Lapid.
About the Song: Having left its mark on local movie music and on the Filipino music world in general, the song, which expresses genuine and undying love and faithfulness, is considered as a true Filipino classic. (From the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, vol. 6, p. 236)