Rico Blanco honors Olympic Gold Medalist Hidilyn Diaz with new take on 'Alab ng Puso' – watch

Rico Blanco honors Olympic Gold Medalist Hidilyn Diaz with new take on 'Alab ng Puso' – watch

Rico Blanco is cheering for Olympic Gold Medalist Hidilyn Diaz from his studio.

On Tuesday (07/27), just a day after Diaz won the gold, Rico Blanco released a reworked version of the Rivermaya original, 'Alab Ng Puso', inspired by the Philippines' historic win at the Tokyo Olympics.

Blanco, who has shared his love for sports in his vlogs, wrote in a statement that he couldn't believe Diaz's triumphant win at the Olympics. He adds that as a child, he'd always wondered when the time would come for the Philippines to meet such a huge milestone. "Sa mga balikat ni Sgt. Hidilyn Diaz, binuhat nya ang mga pangarap ng bawat Pilipinong katulad ko," he wrote.

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KTX will be celebrating the music of Rico Blanco with a special streaming event called Rico Blanco Songbook: Musical Stories by Rico Blanco, happening on August 7 (Saturday).

The documentary/concert will feature appearances by  December AvenueEbe DancelCallalilySpongecola & Gibbs SistersEarl Generao, and Mayonnaise, and Viva Records artists This BandRaphiel ShannonJohn RoaJanine Teñoso, and Sarah Geronimo. Tickets are available now for PHP 299 via KTX.

Check out 'Alab Ng Puso' below.

Read Rico Blanco's full statement about 'Alab ng Puso' below.

Gumising ako kanina at hindi parin makapaniwala na may Olympic Gold Medal na ang Pilipinas. Alam niyo nang lahat na ang pagmamahal ko sa sports ay katumbas ng pagmamahal ko sa musika, minsan nga higit pa. Mula sa pagka bata ko iniisip ko kung kailan darating ang panahon. At dumating na nga kahapon. Sa mga balikat ni Sgt. Hidilyn Diaz, binuhat nya ang mga pangarap ng bawat Pilipinong katulad ko. Hindi ko mapigil ang pag apaw ng inspirasyon mula sa kanya at nais kong magpasalamat lamang kaya't agad agad kong ginawa at inaalay sa kanya ang recording na ito.

Salamat, Hidilyn.