He is known as “The King of Tagalog Songs” for a reason. Whether its belting out the music or writing the words to many hit songs, Rey Valera has truly made his mark in the Filipino music scene; in fact he is one of the pioneers for its popularity until today. He celebrates his 65th birthday, and what a career he has had to showcase the beauty of OPM.
Writing music for others
His early days in the music industry were writing songs for Vicor Records, where the now-Senator Tito Sotto was vice-president. Some of his earliest pieces were “Ako si Superman” and “Sorry Na, Puwede Ba” for the late Rico J. Puno, as well as “Mr. DJ” and “Kahit Wala Ka Na” for Sharon Cuneta with whom he has had a lasting friendship with.
Valera’s songs were so popular, they were often used as titles and theme songs for many soap operas like “Maging Sino Ka Man“, “Walang Kapalit”, “Tayong Dalawa“, and “Juan Dela Cruz“. Sharon Cuneta used “Kahit Wala Ka Na” for her own movie of the same name, as well as Valera’s “Pangako sa ‘Yo“.
The Greatest Hits
Along with other OPM pioneers Puno and Hajji Alejandro, the trio formed “The Greatest Hits”, frequenting concerts where they performed their own songs. Other famed OPM singers like Nonoy Zuñiga, and Marco Sison joined the group as well, and “The Greatest Hits” continue to perform locally and abroad to remind people of the beauty of OPM.
For his contributions to music, Valera has received multiple awards (apart from his songs attaining Gold Records) like Lifetime Achievement awards from The National Press Club and The Philippine Association of Recording Industries, Walk of Fame inductions in Eastwood and his native Bulacan, and 2015 MYX Magna Award.
Rey Valera continues to be a living example of the everlasting creativity and soulfulness of Pinoy music, and we know he’ll keep on performing past his 65th – we wish him the very best!
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