Posts Tagged ‘La Paloma’


“A Small Victory BUT An Important One”

November 3, 2011

Indeed! Rey Ventura’s name finally credited as lyricist of La Paloma arranged and performed by Ely Buendia in the new, and must be the third and fourth version of 2011 Kingpin Asiong film is “a small victory but an important one,” as Rey said.

Yesterday, I saw that new trailer with English subtitles, with better resolution uploaded by Maylyn Villalon, film’s line producer. But today, as I was about to link to the site, I couldn’t find it anymore!!! Bakit??? Kasi naman, I was looking for Kingpin Asiong Salonga.. No! it is titled “MANILA KINGPIN MTV”. Here it is:

At least Scenema Concept was prompt and fair on the aspect of recognizing writer Rey! Kudos to you! But I do hope that you’ll do the same thing in other aspects when you produce some other big projects in the future.


La Paloma Lyrics by El Rey

October 31, 2011

I’ll look for the original copy of Rey[nald] Ventura’s lyrics that he wrote for the film Kingpin Asiong [for short]. And compare it with the final rendition of Ely Buendia… He gave me one when he planed in from Japan to write the rest of the screenplay for the sequences Roi Iglesias did not complete. Roi submitted only one-liners for some major sequences. Tikoy waited long for him to finish the script. A screenwriter was needed very badly then. Rey came over to help Tikoy solve the problem.

Rey deserves to be credited if La Paloma’s thought, idea, and lyrics were taken from his original creation. Not that Ely is claiming it. He is not. He arranged the music composition, and sang it beautifully. That’s what he did. But Rey originally wrote lyrics for the La Paloma song I remember now. If his lyrics were used, Rey should be recognized. Credit should be given to the one who deserves it. As Rey said, para fair. Will get back to this when I find the copy Rey gave me…Abangan!


La Paloma by Ely Buendia in Kingpin Trailer

October 30, 2011

Yesterday, I met Tikoy and Yuka, and they told me about the trailer that they have edited. It’s posted on Youtube, entitled MTV Kingpin – The Asiong Salonga Story. Unfortunately, the quality is not good.

Then, this morning I received a text message from Gov. Jeorge Estregan informing me of the same film’s new trailer they posted on facebook. But I have no facebook account, so I can’t get the link.

Both trailers are interesting. Afterall, Asiong was an interesting guy. And the treatment of Tikoy is quite different from all the previous Asiong films made from Erap’s time. La Paloma has become the film’s theme song. And Ely Buendia’s rendition will be remembered and loved by many because he sang it with his heart and soul strongly felt by the listeners.

“Kingpin — The Asiong Salonga Story” starring Jeorge Estregan Jr. is the comeback film of Tikoy Aguiluz. The screenplay was written by Roi Iglesias and friend Rey Ventura. I edited the film with Yuka’s assistance.