The 19-year-old Filipino actor/singer/heartthrob, Daniel Padilla, held his second solo concert called DOS: The Daniel Padilla Birthday Concert in April and the world of Asian pop is still afire. The song that has the country swooning is “It Might Be You.” Americans might remember the ballad from the 1982 film, Tootsie, starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song–it lost to “Up Where We Belong” from An Officer And A Gentleman.
The 32-year-old song, which is on Padilla’s current album, I Heart You, is wildly popular in the Philippines. Filipino singers Martin Nievera, Erik Santos, Jonalyn Viray, and the pop punk band The Ambassadors have covered the song. They say misery loves company. So maybe it’s the sad lyrics that account for the song’s popularity and international reach. As the “It Might Be You” songwriter, American Stephen Bishop, once said: “I write much better when I’m heartbroken and sad or melancholy.”