Deconstructing Tatlong Beinte Singko

The hit that introduced us to Dingdong Avanzado and the “preppy” look. According to an article by FHM Philippines (see, I read their articles), Dingdong wore those jackets because his family made them.

The song itself is a simple, verse-chorus-verse ditty that one has no difficulty in memorizing it. Beware, listening to the music will result in LSS. Counter with a generous helping of Ke$ha’s Tik Tok.

And the lyrics:

Tatlong beinte singko lang ang aking kailangan
Upang makausap ka kahit sandali lang
Tatlong beinte singko lang ang aking kailangan
Para nasa langit na ako

Sige na ale, papalit ng barya
Sige na please naman ale miss na miss ko na sya

Tatlong beinte singko lang ang aking kailangan
Upang makausap ka kahit sandali lang
Tatlong beinte singko sa isang araw
Tatlong beses ko ring maririnig sa yong mga labi ang

Mahal kita mahal kita
Wala ng iba Wala ng iba wooh
Mahal kita mahal kita
Wala ng iba Wala ng iba wooh

Sige na ale, papalit ng barya
Sige na please naman ale miss na miss ko na sya

Tatlong beinte singko lang ang aking kailangan
Upang makausap ka kahit sandali lang
Tatlong beinte singko lang ang aking kailangan
At Para nasa langit na ako

Sige na ale, papalit ng barya
Sige na please naman ale miss na miss ko na sya

Kaya magmula ngayon iipunin ko ang aking mamera
Tatlong beinte singko para sa isang araw
Tatlong beses ko ring maririnig sa yong mga labi ang

Mahal kita mahal kita mahal kita
Wala ng iba Wala ng iba Wala ng iba wooh
Mahal kita mahal kita mahal kita
Wala ng iba Wala ng iba Wala ng iba wooh

Sige na ale, papalit ng barya
Sige na please naman ale miss na miss ko na sya

***

This time around, I won’t be doing this line by line, for the beauty of this piece lies in its simplicity that approaches Batibot songs. (Don’t worry Batibot fans, I have the highest regard for Batibot songs.)

Now kids, when I was young, the oil that was used to lubricate telephone wires (for smooth calls) was so cheap, calls cost only 75 centavos for two minutes.  Payphones were more appreciated, especially if you were waiting an eternity for PLDT to get around to installing a telephone line to your house. There were no cellular phones, no VOIP, no pagers, not even a delivery service for Hen Lin. And there was only PLDT.

Well, you might say two minutes is a very short time for someone to be calling another, especially a loved one. Then perhaps you haven’t watched Ginebra (as led by ex-Red Warrior Robert Jaworski) go through the last two minutes of a championship game. That was very exciting, especially as an “ending” bettor. Then again, it was a very short one for lovers too, but that was all they had.

As for the “heaven-like” feeling related by Dingdong in the song, (disturbing rhyme) teens who are “in lab” get so excited by the slightest sensation they get with their loved one. There were no monthsaries back then. There were less annulments (until Sharon Cuneta got one and showed us that it is possible with a minimum amount of grief). Silverworks has not yet attained the status it has now. And I think jewelries were more precious when given.

(And kids, as for the “mahal kita” part, that is what we call sweet nothings.)

And yes, the song has a moral. It entreats its listeners to save their “barya,” not for the Pasig, not for the Pondo ng Pinoy, but for two minutes of heaven. When you are old enough, you’ll get your two minutes of heaven too, but it will cost you more, plus the cost of beer.

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