Nandito Ako (song)

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"Nandito Akó" (Tagalog for "I am here") is a Filipino song written by Aaron Paul del Rosario and originally sung by Ogie Alcasid in the late 1980s. It was also recorded by Lea Salonga in 1993, Mexican diva Thalía in 1997, Sharon Cuneta along with the original singer in 2006, David Archuleta in 2012, and Noel Cabangon in 2014.

Thalia version[edit]

"Nandito Ako"
Single by Thalía
from the album Nandito Ako
Released 7 January 1997
Format Radio single, CD single
Recorded 1996
Genre Pop, OPM
Length 4:31
Label EMI Latin
Producer(s) Aaron Paul Del Rosario
Thalía singles chronology
"Maria la del Barrio"
(1996)
"Nandito Ako"
(1997)
"Amor a la Mexicana"
(1997)

"Nandito Ako" was recorded by Mexican singer/actress Thalía, and released in early 1997. Thalia was very popular in the Philippines at the time after starring in the hit series Marimar, which was broadcast there in 1996. Like the original, the song is sung in Tagalog and was released as the lead single from her Philippine album, Nandito Ako. Thalia's version subsequently became a huge hit in the Philippines, along with her previous album, En éxtasis.

In popular culture[edit]

Film[edit]

A movie with the same title starring Kris Aquino and Phillip Salvador, directed by Jose "Kaka" Balagtas opened in theaters on May 12, 1994.

Television[edit]

In 2011, David Archuleta recorded a version of the song for the Filipino mini series of the same name, Nandito Ako, where it served as the show's theme song. The song was later included in his fourth studio album titled Forevermore.

Cover versions[edit]

  • David Archuleta
  • Lea Salonga
  • Noel Cabangon
  • Sharon Cuneta (with the original singer Ogie Alcasid)
  • Thalia