Inka Magnaye Translates Ben&Ben's "Kathang Isip" Into English and It's Still SO Poetic

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by Mylene Mendoza   |  Jul 29, 2020
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) SPOTIFY/BEN&BEN, TWITTER/INKAMAGNAYE
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Ben&Ben fans can attest to just how good their songs are (even K-pop idols love the local band!). Their songs can give you an instant *dart sa heart*, but if you thought their songs can't get anymore feels-y, then you'll have to give voiceover artist Inka Magnaye's latest video upload a listen.

For Buwan ng Wika, Inka decided to translate various OPM songs into English "to share with the world how beautiful our songs are" and for her first installment, she chose "Kathang Isip" by the local band. The song is one of Ben&Ben's most popular ones, with over 129 million streams on Spotify alone. With lyrics like "Ako'y gigising na sa panaginip kong ito, at sa wakas ay kusang lalayo sa iyo," it's not hard to get all emotional while listening to the song.

With Inka's English translation, however, the song feels like an entirely different love letter, but with the same kind of feels the OG track gives. She translates "'Di ba nga ito ang 'yong gusto? Oh, ito'y lilisan na ako," into "Isn't this what you wanted? So... I'm going," and somehow we just didn't think this song could make us feel any more sad. Of course, her smooth vocals and feelsy delivery while the song softly plays in the background just added to the already overflowing emotions.

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Want to get hurt 10x more? Listen to Inka's English take on this Ben&Ben song here:

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