Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid, one of the five judges in ‘Tawag Ng Tanghalan’ recently moved to tears with ‘Tawag’ finalist Janine Berdin’s heartbreaking ‘Narda’ rendition. In that performance, the 16-year-old Visayas bet gave a heartbreaking twist to the song about longing to be noticed or to be loved in return.
Ogie was seen tearing up and later wiping his eyes over Berdin’s interpretation of “Narda.” The veteran songwriter praised Janine for her heartfelt performance, noting that despite her young age, she managed to perform with emotional depth.
Janine’s version of Kamikazee’s “Narda” that had judge Ogie Alcasid in tears already had nearly 2 million views. Here are some of the reactions from netizens: “‘Yung version ng Kamikazee, mapaglaro,” wrote one fan. “Etong kay Janine, masakit. Parang kantang pagsusumamo ng isang umiibig mag-isa. Unrequited love at hindi humihingi ng kapalit.”
Another said: “No joke, for the longest time ngayon ko lang na-gets ‘yung meaning talaga ng song na ‘Narda’… After all, it’s a story of unrequited love and hope despite not being loved back.”
“Narda” was just one of Berdin’s six performances during the fourth quarter semifinals of “Tawag ng Tanghalan.” During that week, she also got a standing ovation from the judges for her spunky rendition of “Banal Na Aso,” which similarly trended on YouTube.
Her acclaimed versions eventually scored her a spot in the grand finals, along with Reggie Tortugo, also of Visayas.