8 Sugarfree Songs

that Have Become

Our Life’s Anthems

By Tynne De Leon

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Sometime in the early 2000s when the internet hasn’t spawned social media accounts yet and music is mostly our emotional refuge, there was Sugarfree.

It was 15 years ago when they released their debut album, “Sa Wakas”, a collection of crazy catchy songs that eventually became OPM classics. Their songs became a reminder of the bittersweet memories of our youth—from when we got our hearts broken to when we finally got over it.

Ready for some feels trip? Let’s revisit these songs that helped us get through hard times and eventually became part of our lives:

8. Makita Kang Muli

A classic favorite, “Makita Kang Muli” was all over the radio back then thanks to its exposure to the ABS-CBN TV series, Panday. Its lyrics are almost confessionals, and they hit right to the heart. No wonder it’s also the theme song of couples during that time.


7. Huwag Ka Nang Umiyak

Before the Ang Probinsyano revivals, “Huwag Ka Nang Umiyak” was a simple Sugarfree song that topped MYX charts before. A song full of hope and positivity, it spreads the message of love and belongingness, that’s why most Christian churches also use it as a worship song.


6. Hari Ng Sablay

Failures felt less heavy, thanks to this Sugarfree song. “Hari ng Sablay” has that very Pinoy vibe, the kind of song that makes you jump and headbang during gigs. Play it again live, please?


5. Cuida

“Cuida” is a love letter laid out in a song, with a melody that is so beautiful, it will make you feel emotional. I mean, how can a song be sad and hopeful at the same time?

4. Mariposa

If you’re single and tired of being alone, “Mariposa” is your anthem. You can feel Ebe Dancel’s emotions when he sings the last line – “Ayoko nang mag-isa” – an honest outcry that feels so good to hear (and sing-along with).


3. Tulog Na

There’s something about this song that feels so comforting; like a lullaby that hugs you to sleep. This song has become your armor whenever you feel like the world is gnawing at you. And it still is.


2. Burnout

“Burnout” is an ode to a love that has lost its flame, with heartbreaking lyrics hiding behind an upbeat melody. It’s the perfect song that you always play when you’re at the beach staring at the waves, with a cold beer in hand. The slow version sang by Johnoy Danao, Bullet Dumas and Ebe Dancel also triggers that feeling of heartache, making you wonder how such song can make you vulnerable.


1. Kung Ayaw Mo Na Sa Akin

When you listen to this song again today, it feels like a time warp to that love you thought you won’t get over, and yet you did.  It’s the song you love singing during karaoke nights with friends, whether you’re still heartbroken or you’ve finally moved on.


What is your favorite Sugarfree song? Share with us in the comments section below!

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