The Story Behind The Itchyworms' Hit Song, “Penge Naman Ako N’yan”

It's intended as a "masayang inuman song."

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( Sure, there are popular songs with profound meanings, but in the case of OPM pop-rock group The Itchyworms' "Penge Naman Ako N'yan," it's actually as straight to the point as it can get—the type that co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Jugs Jugueta could answer with the title of the track itself.

Ano 'yong title ng song? ‘Penge Naman Ako N’yan.' Ano 'yong chorus? ‘Penge Naman Ako N’yan,’” Jugueta shares, laughing, in OG's debut episode OG Presents: 25 Years of The Itchyworms.

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Apparently, the first single off of the band’s third studio album Self-Titled has its roots from another The Itchyworms song. 

O gawa tayo ng isang kanta na pwede gamitin ng kahit anong company for their product,” bassist Kelvin Yu says. “Kasi 'yong 'Beer,' gusto namin siya maging beer commercial song, pero never nangyari. Iniisip namin bakit kaya sikat naman 'yong song na-realize namin, ah kasi malungkot. Gawa tayo ng masayang inuman song. So 'yon 'yong 'Penge Naman Ako N’yan,'” lead vocalist Jazz Nicolas adds.


The hit song had a fun music video to boot, which was directed by Quark Henares. In the OG video, Henares and the band talked about the making of the video and the adventures they had while shooting it. Check out the snippet below or watch the episode in its entirety: 

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