Cinderella (Filipino band)

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Origin Philippines
Genres Pop, Manila Sound
Years active 1970s–present
Members Cecile Colayco
Violy Estrellado
Sunny Ilacad
Bob Guzman
Celso Llarina
Gig Ilacad
Past members Yolly Samson
Snaffu Rigor

Cinderella is a Filipino pop band that rose to prominence in the 1970s. It forms part of the genre called Manila Sound, together with bands such as VST and Company, Hotdog and The Boyfriends. Cinderella's most recognized single is "T.L. Ako Sa'yo" (loosely translated to "You're My True Love", where T.L. stands for "True Love"). Other stand-out songs include such eventual classics as "Bato sa Buhangin" ("Pebbles in the Sand"), "Sa Aking Pag-iisa" ("In My Solitude") and "Superstar ng Buhay Ko" ("Superstar of My Life").


The band recorded albums for Sunshine: The Manila Sound. Cinderella's line-up consisted of Cecile Colayco (lead vocals), Snaffu Rigor (vocals and drums), Violy Estrellado (back-up vocals), Sunny Ilacad (keyboard), Bob Guzman (guitars and vocal back-up), Celso Llarina (rhythm guitar and vocal back-up), Gig Ilacad (bass guitar) and also the late Yolly Samson (vocals).[1] The band's good friends, comedians Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon, also contributed songs, the most notable being the hit single "Ang Boyfriend Kong Baduy". On 21 November 1997, Yolly Samson died from complications of brain cancer, aged 41. On 4 August 2016, Snaffu Rigor died of lung cancer.


The band wrote their songs in Taglish (code-switching between Tagalog and English) and street jargon that was popular in urban areas during the 1970s.

For example, in the song "T.L. Ako Sa'yo", Cinderella used the word "dehins", formed from hindi ("no"). It is Tagalog street jargon which reverses the word, thereby making it sound like it is English. Also as previously mentioned, the acronym "T.L." stands for "True Love".

The title of the song "Ang Boyfriend Kong Baduy" is also in Taglish, as are its lyrics:

  • ...but when we go out dating na, kulay ng polo niya'y pula... ("but when we already go out dating, the colour of his shirt is red")
  • ...but when the guests go dancing na, lagi pa syang nauuna... ("but when the guests already go dancing, he's always first")
  • ...'di ko ma-take ang gusto. Siya ay in-na-in, ngunit out pa rin... ("I can't stand his tastes. He's so in but still so out")

In the song "Ang Boypren Ko", the word "boypren" is an alteration of the English "boyfriend"; the title literally means "My Boyfriend".

The song "Sana'y Maging Steady Mo" translates to "I Wish I Could Be Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend". In this context, the word "steady" is used as a noun that refers to one's boyfriend or girlfriend.


The band is famous for its soft romantic ballads. Listed below are some of their more prominent hit singles:

"First Kiss"

"Love Letters"

"Tayo'y Mag-Boogie" ("Let's Boogie")

"First and Last Love"

"Sana'y Maging Steady Mo"

"T.L. Ako Sa'yo"

"Sa Aking Pag-iisa"

"Ikaw ang Idol Ko"

"Ang Boyfriend Kong Baduy"

"Ang Boypren Ko"

"Tulak ng Bibig, Kabig ng Dibdib"

"Paano Pa kita Malilimutan"

"Ang Pag-ibig Mo"

"Pag-ibig ko'y Ibang-iba"

"May Crush Ako Sa'yo"

"Ligaw Tingin"

"Nakikining ang Buong Pilipinas"

"Bato sa Buhangin"

"Love of My Life"



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 

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