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Find Out The Touching Story Behind BARBIE ALMALBIS' New Song "Iyong-Iyo"

Renuel Fallore

Posted at March 13, 2020


Following the dreamy single “Comment” which debuted last January, Barbie Almalbis continues to perfect her signature, swoony alt-pop sound!

Off her upcoming fourth studio album, “Iyong-iyo” is a story of strength, perseverance, and faith amidst insurmountable odds. The melodic pop tune is inspired by how the “Tabing Ilog” hitmaker’s cook Bing-Bing found peace - from surrendering everything to God during a very difficult time to bouncing back with another chance at life.

Barbie recounted “This song is about Esperanza ‘Bing-Bing’ Maaño, our cook, who’s been in our family for a long time and even married our driver, Dandy. She suddenly fell very ill last year due to a diabetes complication and her medicines were not working. Needless to say, it was such a troubling time for her and everyone who loved her as her future seemed uncertain. She was brought to the hospital and had to undergo amputation surgery, and she shared that it was during this time that her faith in God became more real. While being wheeled into the operating room, she had many fears but suddenly felt peace as she surrendered everything to God. Thankfully, she had a successful surgery and recovered well, and after months of rehabilitation, she learned to walk again with a prosthetic leg.”

She co-wrote “Iyong-iyo” with the love of her life Martin Honasan who also shares songwriting credits on her previously released singles “Comment” and "Tigre". Bing-Bing’s determination and humility inspired the husband-and-wife tandem to write and produce the song.

If you haven't see Barbie's entire MYX Live! 2020 set, watch it right now HERE!

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