Filipino band SANDIWA has released a new single that is set to inspire and uplift individuals, particularly those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. “Bahaghari (Halika na)” is a powerful and uplifting track that encourages individuals to embrace their true selves, including their sexual orientation, and not let societal pressures hold them back.
The song’s title, “Bahaghari,” is a Filipino term that translates to “rainbow.” This symbolic name is fitting as the song celebrates the beauty and vibrancy of individuality, just like the colors of a rainbow. The lyrics of the song encourage listeners to shed their fears and doubts, and instead, embrace their unique qualities and personalities.
The song’s chorus is particularly impactful, with its repetitive and empowering message: Nasaan ng iyong bahaghari / Nasaan na ang makukulay mong ngiti / Nasaan na ang dating bighani / Lungkot ay ‘di ka pag-aari
(“Where is your rainbow? Where is your colorful smile? Where is your former beauty? You are not owned by your sadness.”) These lyrics serve as a reminder that true happiness and fulfillment come from within, and that individuals should not let external factors dictate their self-worth.
SANDIWA shared their thoughts on the meaning behind the song: “Bahaghari (Halika na) is a song about self-acceptance and self-love, particularly for members of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s about realizing that you don’t have to conform to society’s standards to be happy or successful. You just have to be true to yourself.”
The song’s release comes at a time when acceptance and equality for the LGBTQ+ community are becoming increasingly important topics in society. In many parts of the world, including the Philippines, individuals who identify as part of the community still face prejudice and discrimination. It’s refreshing to hear a message that encourages individuals to embrace their unique qualities and celebrate their individuality, regardless of their sexual orientation.
“Bahaghari (Halika na)” is now available on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube Music. Fans can also download the song on iTunes and Amazon Music.