70 Most Popular Filipino (OPM) Funeral Songs

Updated on April 16, 2020
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Ray has been an online music writer for over two years. Having sung in multiple competitions as a youth, he has a passion for the art.

Popular Funeral Songs (OPM) in the Philippines
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Playing meaningful songs at a funeral (during interments or burials) is very important. It honors your loved ones and sets the mood. These songs can offer us comfort in a time of sorrow or cause us to feel nostalgic, reminiscing about the good times we had with the dearly departed.

When choosing funeral songs, think of your loved one's favorite tune or piece of music. Remember, funeral songs don't have to be sad. They just have to be significant—saying something special about the deceased. Here are the most popular funeral songs played by Filipinos (OPM) during interments or burials in the Philippines.

1. "Hindi Kita Malilimutan"

Artist: Basil Valdez

Album: Hindi Kita Malilimutan

Released: 1994

Background: "Hindi Kita Malilimutan" was a hit song by Basil Valdez, who is a legendary singer in the Philippine music industry. It was originally composed by Manoling Francisco way back in his college days at Ateneo De Manila University. The song "Hindi Kita Malilimutan" is normally played by Filipinos during interments, burials, and funeral masses. They say it was adapted from the Bible's book of "Isaiah 49:15-16."

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast

and have no compassion on the child she has born?

Though she may forget,

I will not forget you!

— Basil Valdez, "Hindi Kita Malilimutan"

2. "I Will Be Here"

Artist: Gary Valenciano

Album: Revive

Released: 2000

Background: "I Will Be Here" was originally sung by Steven Curtis Chapman, an American Contemporary Christian music singer, composer, record producer, artist, author, and social activist. "I Will Be Here" is an inspiring Christian/gospel song talking about how someone will always be there for his/her loved one no matter what happens. The Christian song presents unconditional love towards family or friends. The song proclaims that that kind of love will stay the same forever. This song can be played at funerals, weddings, or churches.

3. "Tanging Yaman"

Artist: Carol Banawa

Album: Tanging Yaman

Released: 2000

Background: "Tanging Yaman" was one of the most popular classic funeral songs in the Philippines. It was popularized by Carol Banawa. The song was a liturgical composition of Manoling Francisco, a mentor, and advocate for music ministers and composers throughout the Philippines. He has composed over 150 songs that are sung all over the world and used by Filipinos whenever they gather for worship. "Tanging Yaman," when translated into English, means "Only Treasure." This alludes to the Saviour, to God.

4. "Pangako"

Artist: Ogie Alcasid

Album: All the Classics

Released: 2007

Background: "Pangako" was a classic pop song originally composed and sung by Ogie Alcasid, and popularized by his very own wife, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid. It is a song that conveys the promise of endless love. In eulogies, people who are close to the dead always state that they promise to never dishonor their memory. This song is perfect for getting that point across.

5. "Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo"

Artist: Basil Valdez

Album: Hindi Kita Malilimutan

Released: 1994

Background: "Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo" was the theme song of the hit 2012 Philippine Melodrama series Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo, which starred Jake Cuenca and Shaina Magdayao. This is a heart-wrenching funeral song that generally applies to couples.

6. "The Warrior Is a Child"

Artist: Gary Valenciano

Album: Revive

Released: 1984

Background: Sung by Twila Paris and popularized by Gary Valenciano, "The Warrior Is a Child" was another popular funeral song in the Philippines. "The Warrior Is a Child" was one of the Christian songs featured in the CCM Magazine in the article titled "100 Greatest Songs in Christian Music."

7. "Hanggang Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan"

Artist: Basil Valdez

Album: Hindi Kita Malilimutan

Released: 1994

Background: The title means "till the end of time." This song creates a gloomy atmosphere and will definitely fill your eyes with tears. "Hanggang Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan" was one of the funeral songs popularized by Basil Valdez. The lyrics speak to the promises a person makes to their special someone. This song reminds us that, amidst all the challenges, two people can continue loving each other until the end of time.

8. " Huwag Ka Nang Umiyak"

Artist: Ebe Dancel (Sugarfree)

Album: Bawat Daan

Released: 2006

Background: "Huwag Ka Nang Umiyak" is one of the most popular songs of the decade. It was originally composed and sung by Ebe Dancel and popularized by Gary Valenciano and his band Sugarfree. It was also popularized by KZ Tandingan. The song is about comforting someone who is going through tough situations. This song was sung by Sugarfree and appeared on the 2006 album Tala-Arawan and on the compilation album 100% Greatest Hits of 2011.

9. "Maalaala Mo Kaya"

Artist: Carol Banawa

Album: 60 Taon ng Musika at Soap Opera

Released: 1991

Background: "Maalala Mo Kaya" was another song popularized by Carol Banawa. It is currently the theme song of the longest running Philippine drama anthology series titled Maalaala Mo Kaya, or "MMK," on ABS-CBN. This series is hosted by Charo Santos-Concio. The TV show is about a person's life journey, showing the ups and downs they went through before they reached the top. This song is usually played at funerals to remember or reminisce about the life of the deceased. The song is often played to acknowledge and honor the people we hold dear in our hearts. It is frequently played at a grandparent's funeral.

10. "Paglisan"

Artist: Color it Red

Album: Hand-Painted Sky

Released: 1994

Background: "Paglisan" means "parting" or "leaving" in english. The song is about death and love. The lyrics speak of the kind of undying love that transcends all hardships. It was written by Color It Red, and it's usually played at funerals for teenagers or children who lost their lives early. The song "Paglisan" conveys the idea that, even if a loved one might disappear, they will take love with them into the afterlife.

11. "Kahit Isang Saglit"

Artist: Martin Nievera

Album: Return to Forever

Released: 1999

Background: "Kahit Isang Saglit," written by Allan Ayque, was popularized by Martin Nievera. It was awarded the Awit Award for Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist. Due to its ballad-like arrangement, it is a heartbreaking song. It's about wanting to see and touch the departed loved one—even if it's just for a small amount of time.

12. "Magpakailanman"

Artist: Wency Cornejo

Album: Langit Sa Lupa

Released: 2003

Background: "Magpakailanman" is one of the most familiar funeral songs among Filipinos in the Philippines. It is currently the theme song of a long-running and award-winning Philippine drama series called Magpakailanman, which appears on GMA and is hosted by Mel Tiangco. It was popularized by Wency Cornejo, a talented recording artist, and is very common to hear at funerals. The song is about promising to remember the departed. At funerals, this song is played to commemorate the people parted by death, either children who passed by an early age, a lover left alone by his/her partner, or a family member who parted forever.

13. "Ang Buhay Nga Naman"

Artist: Noel Cabangon

Album: Byahe

Released: 2009

Background: "Ang Buhay Nga Naman" is another pop funeral song creation of the Filipino singer and musician, Noel Cabangon. The song reminisces about a departed loved one. It helps us realize that life is too unpredictable, so we must remain playful. The song conveys the message that we should always treasure our memories with the departed.

14. "Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin"

Artist: Rodel Naval

Album: Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin

Released: 1990

Background: In the '90s, Rodel Naval was a Filipino actor, singer, and songwriter. His hit singles "Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin" and "Muli" made him famous. According to Rodel Naval, he wrote this song in memory of his deceased mother. "Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin" is a popular song throughout the entire Philippines. It has captured millions of hearts throughout the Philippines.

15. "Kanlungan"

Artist: Noel Cabangon

Album: Byahe

Released: 2009

Background: The song "Kanlungan" was popularized by Noel Cabangon. The lyrics make us reminisce about the happy moments we spend with others. The song also makes us feel regretful about the time we didn't spend with the people who left us too early. It makes us wonder if we could have done things better.

16. "Malayo Pa Ang Umaga"

Artist: Rey Valera

Released: 2005

Background: In english, this song is called "The Joy Comes in the Morning." It is one of the most popular songs in the Philippine music industry. The song is meant to convey hope, enjoyment, and happiness. It is a song about supporting and encouraging the families of those who have passed away. It reminds us that after every loss there is hope of what the future might bring.

17. "Ikaw Lamang"

Artist: Gary Valenciano

Album: Interactive

Released: 1998

Background: "Ikaw Lamang" is an award-winning Filipino pop song popularized by Gary Valenciano. It was nominated for the "Awit Award for Best Ballad Recording" and the "Awit Award for Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist." The song is about two people who are deeply in love with each other. But, even though it's a love song, this song can also be played at funerals or burials.

18. "Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos"

Artist: Gary Valenciano

Album: Faces of Love

Released: 1990

Background: This is another pop song that was popularized by Gary Valenciano. It was revived by Vina Morales in 2008. "Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos" is a song of hope, determination, and comfort. It talks about how God will always be there to guide and bless you during tough times (especially when someone close to you dies). As long as you believe in Him and serve Him wholeheartedly, everything will be fine.

19. "Sana Maulit Muli"

Artist: Gary Valenciano

Album: I Will Be There

Released: 2003

Background: "Sana Maulit Muli" was the theme song of the 1995 Filipino romantic film Sana Maulit Muli, which was directed by Olivia Lamasan and starred Lea Salonga and Aga Muhlach. The song won the category "Best Theme Song" at the 44th FAMAS Awards. The song was popularized by Gary Valenciano (who also composed this song). Valenciano has released 26 albums, capturing the hearts of the Filipino people. The music video is one of the most famous and successful music videos on YouTube.

20. "Iingatan Ka"

Artist: Carol Banawa

Album: Carol

Released: 1997

Background: "Iingatan Ka" is a vocal/easy listening funeral song popular among Filipinos in the 21st century. The song was popularized by Carol Banawa and was awarded the "Awit Award for Best Produced Record of the Year" in 2001.

21. "Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka"

Artist: Sheryn Regis

Album: What I Do Best

Released: 2005

Background: "Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka" is a very heartwarming funeral pop song that will surely move you to tears. It was popularized by Sheryn Regis, a Filipino pop singer-songwriter, host, entrepreneur, and occasional actress.

22. "Saan Ka Man Naroroon"

Artist: Carol Banawa

Album: Carol

Released: 1997

Background: "Saan Ka Man Naroroon" is an easy listening Fillipino funeral song that touches everyone's heart. Among Filipinos, it is a powerful and timeless song that will surely make you cry and reminisce about your departed loved ones. Due to the singer's lovely voice and easy-flowing melody, the song is truly remarkable.

23. "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin"

Artist: Joey Albert

Album: Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin

Released: 1999

Background: "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin" was the theme song for the hit ABS-CBN Teleserye show "La Luna Sangre," which starred Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. The song was written by Louie Ocampo and was originally sung by Joey Albert. It was later revived and popularized in 2014 by Martin Nievera, a Filipino singer and songwriter.

24. "Mahal Kita"

Artist: Maricris Garcia

Label: GMA Music

Released: 2008

Background: "Mahal Kita" is a mix of pop and soul music written by Daniel Tan and Edith Gallardo. It was popularized by Maricris Garcia. Maricris Garcia was the winner of Pinoy Pop Superstar Season 3. She was the grand winner of the GMAs and is known as the Philippines' "Divine Princess" and "GMA Queen of the Teleserye Themesong." The song was one of the theme songs of the 2007 Philippine television romantic drama series Marimar, which was broadcast by the GMA Network.

25. "Yakapin Mo Ako"

Artist: Joey Albert

Album: Joey Albert

Released: 2014

Background: "Yakapin Mo Ako" is a classic OPM hit song. It was popularized by Joey Albert and was written by Freddie Santos and Louie Ocampo. It is a simple song, but it is tearful, and moving. It is great for setting the mood for funerals.

English Funeral Songs Popular in the Philippines

Song Title
26. "The Prayer"
Celine Dion
27. "You Raise Me Up"
Josh Groban
28. "See You Again"
Wiz Khalifa
29. "Forevermore"
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30. "Candle in the Wind"
Elton John
31. "Time to Say Goodbye"
Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
32. "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Bette Midler
33. "Be Not Afraid"
John Michael Talbot
34. "Tears in Heaven"
Eric Clapton
35. "Stand by Me"
Ben King
36. "Gone Too Soon"
Michael Jackson
37. "In My Life"
The Beatles
38. "To Where You Are"
Josh Groban
39. "Somewhere in My Past"
Julie Vega
40. "Hallelujah"
Jeff Buckley
41. "My Way"
Frank Sinatra
42. "My Heart Will Go on"
Celine Dion
43. "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Simon and Garfunkel
44. "I Will Remember You"
Sarah McLachlan
45. "Stairway to Heaven"
Led Zeppelin
46. "Keep Holding On"
Avril Lavigne
47. "Because You Loved Me"
Celine Dion
48. "Take Me I'll Follow"
Bobby Caldwell
49. "Who Am I?"
Casting Crowns
50. "I'll Be There for You"
Bon Jovi
51. "Angels"
Robbie Williams
52. "You'll Never Walk Alone"
Gerry and the Pacemakers
53. "Forever Young"
54. "End of the Line"
Traveling Wilburys
55. "Yesterday"
The Beatles
56. "One Sweet Day"
Mariah Carey
57. "Beautiful Day"
58. "Goodbye My Lover"
James Blunt
59. "The Rose"
60. "Two of Us"
Louis Tomlinson
61. "One More Light"
Linkin Park
62. "Never Be Apart"
Te Karehana Gardiner-Toi
63. "Supermarket Flowers"
Ed Sheeran
64. "In the End"
Linkin Park
65. "I'll Be Missing You"
Sean Combs and Faith Evans
66. "A Thousang Years"
Christina Perri
67. "You're Not There"
Lukas Graham
68. "Say Something"
A Great Big World
69. "Make You Feel My Love"
70. "Angels Brought Me Here"
Guy Sebastian
Most Famous Funeral Songs in English

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      • JR Cuevas profile imageAUTHOR


        5 months ago from Philippines

        Hey, Gabe. I've just finished listening to Pilita Corrales' "Dahil Sa'yo", and the song can be a good inclusion to the Filipino funeral songs listed above. The song's gonna be perfect to those who lost their partners in life. The song is quite old yet really a treasure of the Philippine Music.

      • JR Cuevas profile imageAUTHOR


        5 months ago from Philippines

        Yes, yes Ms. Madara Uchicha. "Panunumpa" by Carol Banawa is going to be a great addition to the list of funeral songs. Your insight would be very helpful to those looking for funeral songs. Thank you!

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        6 months ago

        Dahil Sa'yo (Pilita Corrales)


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