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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 9, 2023



SINGER Abby Clutario comes up with her amazing version of "Chichi Wo Motomete", a popular Japanese song that serves as the closing theme for the anime series "Voltes V." 

The song was composed by Asei Kobayashi/Akira Aoi and performed by Ichiro Mizuki. 

It was first used in 1977 and quickly became an iconic anthem associated with the show.

It translates to "Searching for Father" or "In Search of Father” which captures the spirit of the characters' unwavering dedication to their mission and the emotional longing they feel for their fathers. It has become an enduring symbol of the series and holds a special place in the hearts of fans, evoking nostalgia and a sense of heroism.

Abby expressed her gratitude to AltG Records and GMA Music for entrusting her with the revival of the song. 

“So far ito ang first Japanese song na na-perform ko ever. In a way dream come true siya dahil nabigyan ako ng chance na tugtugin ito sa mas maraming audience. So I’m very overwhelmed and of course grateful to AltG Records at sa GMA Music sa opportunity na ito. I’m very happy.”

In this captivating revival, she pays homage to the original composition, infusing it with a modern flair and soulful energy that resonates with both loyal fans and a new generation of listeners.

“Dahil ito ay galing sa aking kabataan at pinapakinggan ko na, kahit papaano ‘yung melody nito ay alam ko na rin. So all I have to do is to re-learn the song at kinailangan ko ito ibagay sa aking boses. 

"As for the arrangement, inaral ko ito using a Chapman Stick kasi ‘yung chords niya ay iba so kailangan ko siyang i-arrange. Inaral ko rin ‘yung language para at least maging kadikit at ma-justify naman.

"Sa aking version na irerelease under ALTG Records, meron lang kaunting twist doon sa original. Meron pa kayong ibang elemento na maririnig na magsasabuhay ng kanta,” Abby shared.

Although Abby admitted that giving a new flavor to a Japanese song is quite challenging, she still managed to embrace the essence of the original composition while infusing it with a Filipino touch.

“‘Yung language talaga yung isa sa challenge kasi ayaw ko siyang magtunog slang sa Japanese or may accent. Hindi rin ako naglagay ng Tagalog lyrics dito but I guess masasabi kong mala-Pinoy ang arrangement in the sense na alam mo naman mahilig tayo sa mga ballad, love songs, so parang ‘yun ‘yung areglo na ginawa ko.

"So toned-down siya gamit ang Chapman Stick. Para ka lang hinaharana ng isang instrumento so ‘yun na siguro yung masasabi kong pagka-Filipino feel niya,” she says.

Whether you grew up watching the adventures of the Voltes Team or are discovering their heroic tale for the first time in Voltes V: Legacy, Abby's heartfelt performance will transport you to a realm where courage, determination, and the pursuit of justice intertwine.

Prepare to be captivated by the revitalized magic of Abby Clutario’s "Chichi Wo Motomete," now available on all digital streaming platforms worldwide.

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