Sunday, February 17, 2008

Pilita Corales

Pilita Corales (born, 22 August 1939 in Cebu City, Philippines) is a famous Filipino folk musical recording artist, who is widely referred to as Asia's Queen of Songs, having produced over 135 albums in her music career spanning over four decades.


Pilita Corrales was born in Cebu City, Cebu in 1939, she is a mestiza, (of Spanish and Austronesian) ancestry with a father of Spanish descent and birth and Cebuana mother. After finishing her studies at Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepcion in her native land of Cebu, she went to Spain to enroll in a finishing school in music. In 1958, Pilita began her recording career after arriving with a shipwrecked troupe of performers in Melbourne. She left her mark by becoming the first woman to make the Australian pop charts with a local recording called 'Come Closer to Me'. She became a star of the Melbourne TV circuit and her first hit, Come Closer to Me, became part of a collection on which she’s billed as one of the Grand Dames of Melbourne Radio and Television.

Pilita holds the distinction of being the first female artist to top the Australian pop music charts long before Helen Reddy, Olivia Newton-John and Kylie Minogue. Pilita also recorded at least 3 LPs in the late 1950s-early 1960s: Pilita with Arthur Young :Pilita tells The Story of Love, I'll Take Romance and This is Pilita under Astor Records. Being one of the pioneers of Australia's early television years, a street was named after her outside Melbourne. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) recently featured Pilita and several pioneering female artists in Australia in the 2nd episode of the highly acclaimed TV special, Love is in the Air. Pilita returned to Manila during the mid 1960s to pursue a career in the Philippine music industry. Her Philippine career began when she hosted a radio program La Taverna over DZPI where she sang Spanish songs and played the guitar. She performed regularly in stage shows at the Manila Grand Opera House. Subsequently, her reputation grew and during her international stints, she has performed with internationally acclaimed artists like Sammy Davis Jr. the Beatles, Bob Hope, Pat Boone, Frank Sinatra and Julie Andrews. She also appeared in movies, most of them musicals. Her film debut was a lead role in the 1968 film Miss Wawaw, and was followed by 11 more movies for the next two years. Pilita later recorded numerous albums in Spanish in the early 60s as well as numerous long playing albums in English, Tagalog and Cebuano during the 1970s under Vicor Music Corporation. Her multiawarded TV program at ABS-CBN, An Evening with Pilita (1965-1972), is widely considered as one of the benchmarks in Philippine broadcasting history.

Pilita frequently performed for Seeing Stars with Joe Quirino in IBC-Channel 13 after the martial law years where she demonstrated her range as a gifted performer of Spanish, English, Cebuano and Tagalog music. Aquarius Record Philippines produced a compilation of Pilita's Spanish songs in CDs like Noche de Ronda, Vaya Con Dios. Her signature song A Million Thanks to You was translated in seven languages. She eventually recorded songs composed by Filipino composers like Danny Holmsen, George Canseco, Willy Cruz, Ryan Cayabyab and several others. Under Vicor Records, Pilita interpreted numerous Filipino classics and introduced them to younger audiences.

Pilita first met Canseco in Your Evening with Pilita (aired on pre-Martial Law ABS-CBN) as a guest in the composers' portion of the show". For the show Canseco brought with him You're All I Love. Canseco later wrote Filipino lyrics for the song, which became Kapantay ay Langit, the first song Canseco sold to a record label in 1966. The song was first recorded by Amapola for the movie theme of Kapantay Ay Langit starring Marlene Dauden and Eddie Rodríguez. The song won for George Canseco and Amapola the Manila Film Festival award for best song of the year. The song did not fare well commercially, because Amapola had left (for her U.S. concert tours) and the song was not promoted properly, according to Canseco during an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer. But when Pilita revived the song, it turned into a classic and defied trends and time. "The song," Pilita said, "was included in my album Philippine Love Songs Vol. 1, which was released in the early 1970s."

Through the personal invitation of Sammy Davis Jr., Pilita became the first Filipino to sing in Caesars Palace. In her concert in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas during the late 70s, Pilita sang Spanish, English, Cebuano and Tagalog songs, all conducted and arranged by Ryan Cayabyab.

After receiving a 1965 Philippine Citizen's Award for TV as Best TV Female Performer, Pilita went on to receive Cecil, Aliw, Tinig and Awit and several other awards for her performances and lifetime achievement. In 1990, she received a Merit Award from the FAMAS Awards. In 1991, she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) for bringing Filipino musical artistry to international audience. She also holds the distinction of being the first Filipino to win in an international music festival by bagging the Best Performer Award during the 1st Tokyo Music Festival (1972) where she bested numerous international artists including the highly-regarded Olivia Newton-John.

These days she operates Pilita, a restaurant-bar in Greenhills, one of Manila's prime commercial districts. She is also a highly-acclaimed host and comedy actress on Philippine television. With over 135 albums to her credit and an international profile with many appearances in Asia, the Middle East, Australia and North America, she still enjoys a reputation as “singing icon and living legend.”

In 2006, Pilita Corrales was handpicked by Associated Broadcasting Company (ABC Channel 5) and FremantleMedia to be one of the celebrity-judges for the first-ever nationwide search for the Philippine Idol together with composer Ryan Cayabyab and rapper Francis Magalona. She was a judge in the first Asian Idol held in Indonesia, representing Philippine Idol.

Personal life

Corrales has two children, Lourdes Jacqueline Blanco (commonly known as "Jackielou" Blanco) and Ramón Christopher Gutíerrez. Both her two children are also well known celebrity figures in the Philippine Film Industry. Corrales was married in 1963, to the late executive businessman Gonzalo Blanco and separated soon after, while her daughter "Jackielou" was still a child. Gonzalo later died in 1981.

Corrales had a brief short love affair with actor Eddie Gutíerrez, and later gave birth to her second child, Ramón Christopher, in 1971.



  1. Come Closer to Me
  2. Pilita with Arthur Young: Ill Take Romance
  3. This is Pilita
  4. Pilita tells the story of Love

Philippines (including albums for international release)

  1. Pilita, Live At the Riviera
  2. Pilita, Live At the Riviera Vol. 2
  3. Pilita, Live At the Riviera Vol. 3
  4. Pilita, Now
  5. Pilita Sings
  6. Love
  7. Pilita in Motion
  8. Pilita Corrales, Greatest Hits
  9. Pilita, Greatest Hits Volume 2
  10. Matud Nila (Cebuano Visayan)
  11. Philippine Love Songs
  12. Philippine Love Songs Volume 2
  13. Kapantay ay Langit
  14. A Song for You
  15. Sampaguita
  16. Best of Philippine Pop Songs
  17. Sa Tanang Panahon (Mostly Cebuano Visayan versions of Tagalog songs)
  18. Minamahal, Sinasamba
  19. Filipiniana
  20. Pilita, The Queen of Songs (Ang Mutya ng Awit)
  21. Pilita, Christmas Special
  22. Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan?
  23. The Best of Philippine Music
  24. Salakot
  25. Pagsapit ng Pasko
  26. Araw-araw, Gabi-gabi
  27. Pilita, Visayan Love Songs Volume 1 (Cebuano Visayan)
  28. Pilita Sings George (If I Had My Life to Live Again)
  29. Pilita, Great Songs from Filipino Movies
  30. Sa Aking Pag-iisa
  31. Walang Pagmamaliw
  32. Pilita Sings...Love Themes from Viva Films
  33. Pilita y Amado en español
  34. Pilita Y Amado en español, Volume 2
  35. Ang Nagiisang si Pilita(Viva Records)
  36. Pilita Goes Pop (OctoArts Record)
  37. When My Eyes Are Filled with Tears (Dyna Record)
  38. Pilita Corrales sings Visayan Songs (Cebuano Visayan) (Villar)
  39. For Love Sake Only
  40. If You Go Away
  41. Hoy
  42. Oh La La!
  43. Pilita y los mensajeros del Paraguay
  44. Viajar (Travel)
  45. Abrázame (Embrace Me)
  46. Yukbo Sa Bisayanhong Awit (Cebuano and Ilonggo Visayan duet album with Susan Fuentes)

Recorded Songs

  1. Ako ang Nagtanim
  2. Ako Raw ay Makasalanan
  3. Ampingan Mo ba
  4. Ang Dalaga Noon at Ngayon
  5. Ang Diwa ng Pasko
  6. Ang Kawayan
  7. Ang Pag-ibig
  8. Ang Pag-ibig ay Mahiwaga
  9. Ang Pipit
  10. Ang Tangi Kong Pag-ibig
  11. Apat na Dahilan
  12. Awit ng Labandera
  13. Awit ng Mananahi
  14. Ay Pag-ibig
  15. Ay, Ay, Ay Pag-ibig
  16. Ayaw nang Magmahal
  17. Bakas ng Lumipas
  18. Bakasin Mo sa Gunita
  19. Bakit Kita Inibig
  20. Balud sa Kalimot
  21. Balut
  22. Baryo Fiesta
  23. Basta't Magkasama Tayo
  24. Basta't Mahal Kita
  25. Bisan sa Damgo Lang
  26. Buhat
  27. Bulak Akong Bukidnon
  28. Cariñosa
  29. Come Close and Love Me
  30. Dahil sa Isang Bulaklak
  31. Dahil sa Iyo
  32. Dalagang Pilipina
  33. Dalagang Pilipinhon
  34. Dalawang Filipina
  35. Di Ko Kasalanan
  36. Di na Iibig
  37. Dili na Mausab
  38. Gipangita Ko Ikaw
  39. Goodbye
  40. Had I Known It
  41. Hanggang Langit Mahal Kita
  42. Hinahanap Kita
  43. Hinugpong nga mga Awit
  44. Hiwaga ng Pag-ibig
  45. Huling Halakhak
  46. Ibong Kakanta-kanta
  47. If I Had My Life to Live Again
  48. Iibigin Ka
  49. Ikaw ang Mahal Ko
  50. Ikaw na Lamang
  51. Iniibig Kita
  52. Ipagdarasal Kita
  53. Irog Ako ay Mahalin
  54. Isumbong Ko Ikaw Sa Langit
  55. Iyong-iyo Kailan pa Man
  56. Kahit Sino Ka Man
  57. Kamingaw Gayud
  58. Kapantay ay Langit
  59. Kataka-taka
  60. Katulog na Inday
  61. Kay Hirap ng Umibig
  62. Kay Langit Ko ang Gugma Mo
  63. Kung Batid Mo Lamang
  64. Kung Kita'y Kapiling
  65. Kung Nagsasayaw Kita
  66. Lahat ng Araw
  67. Lahat ng Gabi Bawat Araw
  68. Lahat ng Oras
  69. Lamok
  70. Landas sa Pag-ibig
  71. Larawan ng Pag-ibig
  72. Let's Forget The Time
  73. Lihim na Damdamin
  74. Lonely Nights
  75. Luluha Ka Rin
  76. Maalaala Mo Kaya
  77. Magandang Gabi Po
  78. Mahal Kita Hanggang Langit
  79. Mahal Mo Ba Ako?
  80. Mahiwaga
  81. Mamang Tsuper
  82. Mangga
  83. Mano Po Ninong
  84. Matagal na Rin
  85. Matud Nila (Visayan)
  86. May Ibong Kakanta Kanta
  87. Minamahal Kita
  88. Minamahal Ko Siya
  89. Nahigwa-os
  90. O Maliwanag na Buwan
  91. Paano
  92. Pag-ibig Ikaw ang Dahilan
  93. Pagka't Kapiling Ka
  94. Pagkadali
  95. Pasko sa Nayon
  96. Patatawarin Kita
  97. Pilipinas
  98. Pobreng Alindahaw
  99. Porbida
  100. Puto Kutsinta
  101. Rosas Pandan
  102. Sa Araw ng Pasko (Ikaw Lang ang Siyang Kailangan)
  103. Sa Bawat Sandali
  104. Sa Libis ng Nayon
  105. Saan Ka man Naroroon
  106. Salakot
  107. Salamat sa Alaala
  108. Sampaguita
  109. Sana Kahit Minsan
  110. Sapagkat Ikaw ay Akin
  111. Sapagkat Kami ay Tao lamang (We Are Only Human)
  112. Sapagkat Malapit na
  113. Sayaw sa Ilaw
  114. Sayo sa Kabuntagon
  115. Sinumpa Ko sa Diyos
  116. Sumpang Walang Hanggan
  117. Tama Na
  118. Titibok Tibok
  119. Together
  120. Tugoti Kami
  121. Tunay na Tunay
  122. Ulilang Puso
  123. Walang Kapantay
  124. When Eyes Are Filled with Tears
  125. Yesterday I Heard the Rain
  126. Noche de Ronda
  127. Vaya con Dios (Farewell)
  128. Historia de un amor (Story of a Love)
  129. Abrázame (Embrace Me)
  130. Obsesión
  131. Gracias amigo (Thanks my Friend)
  132. Solamente una vez (Just Once)
  133. Espérame en el cielo (Wait for Me in Heaven)
  134. La foto (The Picture)
  135. Hasta el fin de mi existir (Til the End of My Existence)
  136. Con estas manos (With These Hands)
  137. Filipinas
  138. Tema del padrino (Theme of the Godfather)
  139. Grande, Grande, Grande
  140. A flor de piel
  141. Quisiera saber (I’d Like to Know)
  142. Desde que tú has ido (Since You’ve Been Gone)
  143. Tu sonrisa (Your Smile)
  144. Concierto de un otoño
  145. Perfidia
  146. Aldila
  147. Angustia
  148. Río rebelde
  149. Voy (I Go)
  150. Amor (Love)
  151. Wasay-Wasay
  152. Nganong Mipakita Ka
  153. Sayri Ako
  154. Ngano Ba Gugma
  155. Ampinging mga Bulak
  156. Ilingaw-Lingaw Lang
  157. Mao Ba Kini ang Gugma
  158. Hain Ka na Pinangga
  159. Uhaw sa Gugma

TV Shows

  • Your Evening With Pilita - ABS-CBN 2
  • Awitawanan - IBC 13
  • Magasaway Di Biro - RPN 9
  • Ang Bagong Kampeon - RPN 9
  • Tahanan Ng Kampeon - GMA Network
  • Lagot Ka, Isusumbong Kita - GMA Network
  • Philippine Idol - ABC 5 (judge)

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