8 Filipino Swifties Pick Their Favorite Track From Taylor Swift's 'folklore' Album

Karen Jane Ng

Posted at July 27, 2020

Taylor Swift really has her way of saving the day - or the year, if we must admit. On the evening of July 23rd in the Philippines, the pop superstar perfectly surprised fans with the news of her eighth studio album release. Now, it's here, it's called folklore and it has 16 songs that will make your tears literally ricochet - and a bonus one if you get your hands on its physical deluxe edition. They all hurt, definitely, but it's another Taylor masterpiece, a testament of her songwriting magic that we couldn't say no to.

We don't expect you to be fine after listening to it. And while the feelings still linger, which will for quite some time, we took the chance to ask Filipino Swifties of their favorite track from the album. Here's what we got:

"'cardigan.' Hindi ko rin alam pero grabe yung nafeel ko na connection sa 'cardigan' and ang ganda ng lyrics at tono. Ang powerful ng 'when you are young / they assume you know nothing'. Grabe, hands down!" -Yanna, 17

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"At first listen, the track 'august' immediately caught my attention. The song basically explains how she and her lover were spending their 'quality time.' Taylor sounded so happy and content in her current (love)life depite all the backlash she has been through." -Johann Caparros, 17

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"the 1!!! Nakakarupok po! Pero kidding aside, it's beautifully written, and it's perfect as the album opener. Na-encapsulate niya yung theme and storytelling of the whole album. Faves ko rin po yung 'cardigan,' 'exile' and 'invisible string.'" -Jasmin Tan, 26

"'the 1.' Most fave because of the storytelling and, among the tracks, ito siguro pinaka-relatable for me. I like also 'illicit affairs' because of how it's written. Although the entire album is another lyrical masterpiece from Taylor, my other faves are 'mirrorball,' 'exile,' 'this is me trying,' 'my tears ricochet,' and 'august.'" -Mariejo, 24

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"'exile' is my favorite track because it's such a beautiful and haunting ballad of two people in a relationship. Bon Iver and Taylor Swift's voices blended perfectly. The lyrics will make you sob even if you don't have a love life." -Kirstein/@ciwywsupremacy_, 16

"'exile' is my favorite from Taylor's new album, folklore. 'exile' really hits the spot on my heart kasi ang ganda ng lyrics niya, especially the exchange part on the bridge of the song. The lyrics of the song can make you feel you're heartbroken even though you're not. That's how powerful her words are. Also, I love this song so much because it is like a reloaded version of 'The Last Time' (from the Red album), and since I am a Red stan, 'exile' talaga yung masasabi kong kumuha ng attention ko the most." -Louis, 17

"Fave song ko 'exile.' Just as I heard the intro, I knew it's on a different level. The lyrics, the theme, imagery... I love the collaboration with Bon Iver (obviously never heard of them but this song made me reocognize their talent) + the feels sa bridge... I ran out of adjectives to describe it. I swear it deserves all the recognition." -Thalia/@txswizzle_, 19

"My favorite track from folklore is 'exile.' Very simple lang 'yung arrangement ng song with piano accompaniment but the lyrics strike straight into the listeners' hearts. Plus, punong-puno ng symbolisms all throughout. The bridge, where Bon Iver and Taylor exchange lines and we see the difference in their POVs, sobrang excellent lang. Runner ups: 'the 1' and 'august.'" -Regina, 24

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Picking a favorite from folklore is hard to do. We'll not even bother being curious of Swifties' top Taylor album 'cause that will be much harder. Instead, we'll just say 'thank you' to the queen for letting us have an entire new album of music that we absolutely needed and shed tears we didn't know we had in us. PS: This isn't us forgetting about the "Cruel Summer" music video, okay?

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