Fifteen Songs for the Torpe | Daily Prompt: The Satisfaction of a List

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Torpe is one of those Filipino words that don’t have a direct counterpart in the English dictionary.

While Google Translate would give you “sheepish”, it doesn’t exactly cover it. Torpe is a word dedicated to a very specific realm, that of courtship. In the Philippines, it’s usually the guys who try to woo the girls. (While the scene has started to change, that’s for another blog.) And things don’t always go our way, one reason or another. But one of the more popular reasons is that a guy just can’t admit it (to her or to himself), much less say it to the person he loves. And you could just imagine what kind of internal chaos that is!

Yes, there are more victory stories but then again, who wants to hear—or write—about their defeat in trying to win a heart? And it’s in these moments that the 15 songs I picked could help, more or less.

  • Akin Ka na Lang by Itchyworms – an honest plea directed to the girl 
  • Akin Na Lang Sana Sya by Jimmy Bondoc – an honest plea directed to his rival 
  • Ba’t Di Ko Nasabi by Rannie Raymundo – a big regret and its reason is left—like the confession—unsaid 
  • Ewan by Imago – as if being torpe isn’t enough, it could only be outmatched when the girl can’t make up her mind about the guy 
  • Ewan Ko by Soapdish – uncertainty and hope can leave a man in utter confusion 
  • Kailan by Smokey Mountain – a torpe guy has unexpected charms so a girl sometimes asks herself if he would be making the move or not 
  • Kung Ako Na Lang Sana by Bituin Escalante – sometimes you don’t have to look far for a torpe since one could be among your own circle of friends, pining for you in complete silence, while you pine for someone else 
  • Kung Okay Lang Sa Yo by True Faith – basically what goes on before, during, and after a confession 
  • Lagi Mo Na Lang Akong Dinideadma by Rocksteddy – an angst-ridden admission of affection 
  • Nerbyoso by Rivermaya – that moment the guy almost said it—but choked the homestretch all because he’s nervous  
  • Pakisabi na Lang by The Company – if he can’t say it, he could opt to have someone else say it for him 
  • Pangarap Lang Kita by Parokya ni Edgar and Happy Sy – the harsh reality of many is that their love is best left as just a fantasy 
  • Pwede Ba by Monique Rae – it’s not just guys who can feel torpe 
  • Torpe by Hungry Young Poets – the girl likes the guy but not how he’s handling the situation 
  • Torpedo by the Eraserheads – self-loathing: the life story of every torpe out there 
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