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|Single by Yeng Constantino|
|from the album Salamat|
|Genre||Acoustic folk, pop rock|
|Producer(s)||Dream Big Productions|
|Yeng Constantino singles chronology|
"Hawak Kamay" ("Holding Hands") is a song by Filipina singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino, the winner of the ABS-CBN TV program Pinoy Dream Academy in 2006.[when?] Solely written by Constantino, the song is about a cousin with whom she developed a deep friendship. In 2006, it won the Best Theme Song at the 32nd Metro Manila Film Festival. The song is also used in the 2011 film, Won't Last a Day Without You.
Background and writing
Constantino wrote "Hawak Kamay" at age 14, inspired by a cousin who had left their hometown to live away from her. She performed the song for the first time live on Pinoy Dream Academy. During that time, she sang the song along with her fellow contestants Ronnie Liang, Davey Langit, Joan Ilagan and Jun Hirano. Following public demand, the song was released by Star Records. The song is the most successful single to date in Constantino's career.
- 1st version - used in the Pinoy Dream Academy days. This version appears on Pinoy Dream Academy Originals Vol. 1.
- 2nd version - used as the theme song in the movie Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo.
- 3rd version - made for her debut album, Salamat.
- Sharlene San Pedro of Goin' Bulilit covered the song alongside actor Nash Aguas.
- In August 2011, David DiMuzio made and uploaded an English version cover "I'm By Your Side" on YouTube.
- On October 2, 2013, Xela Padua used the song on Eat Bulaga!'s "Ka-Voice ni Idol" during wild card week.
- In June 2014, Filipino actor and singer Piolo Pascual covered the song for the ABS-CBN family drama series of the same title.
- Best Theme Song (Kasal Kasali Kasalo's "Hawak Kamay"): 32nd Metro Manila Film Festival
- Pop Movie Theme Song (Kasal Kasali Kasalo's "Hawak Kamay"): ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards 2007
- Best Theme Song (Kasal Kasali Kasalo's "Hawak Kamay"): 55th FAMAS Awards 2007
- Extremely Requested Videoke Song ("Hawak Kamay"): 2nd IFM Pinoy Music Awards
Constantino first performed this song on Pinoy Dream Academy, together with her fellow contestants Ronnie Liang, Davey Langit, Joan Ilagan and Jun Hirano. She has performed the song several times on ASAP. In September 2009, she performed the song on Umagang Kay Ganda as a tribute for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy (international name Ketsana). In August 2011, she performed a medley of "Hawak Kamay" and her song "Lapit" on Eat Bulaga!. On December 9, 2011, Constantino and American singer/songwriter David DiMuzio performed a duet of "Hawak Kamay (I'm By Your Side)" in Taglish on ASAP Rocks.
- "VIDEO: Patikim sa theme song ng teleseryeng "Hawak Kamay" na inawit ni Piolo Pascual". Retrieved 2014-06-26.