Bagets Graduation Song Still A Hit Four Decades Later


Filipinos who came of age in the early 80s surely have memories of Bagets, a high school musical/comedy/drama by Viva Films that propelled its actors to superstardom. It starred Aga Muhlach, Herbert Bautista, William Martinez, J.C. Bonnin, and a young theater actor, Raymond Lauchengco.

Lauchengco sang the graduation song in the blockbuster released in 1984, a classic that has been revived year after year at commencement exercises around the world. It was composed by Odette Quesada, and chosen by the Bagets soundtrack producer, Spanky Rigor of VST and Company.

Lauchengco talked about the song in a Facebook post.

"For 38 years I have witnessed this song rise like a phoenix and take flight every time graduation season comes around, not only around the Philippines, but in American schools in Guam and the U.S. mainland, and some other countries as well," wrote Lauchengco.  "I am also told that it is performed in international cruise ships. I suppose this is so because of the Filipino diaspora who work in all corners of the globe.

“This song was never about saying goodbye, said Lauchengco. It's about wishing that your friends will fare well, until you see each other again. That makes all the difference.” 


Here's the song on YouTube.

Don’t blame us if you get a bad case of LSS after listening to this.

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Yvette Fernandez is the Chief Storyteller of the Gokongwei Group. Previously, she was the editorial director of Esquire Philippines.
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