The woman behind the song “Ako Ang Nasawi, Ako Nagwagi” is actually a native of Cebu. Maria Theresa Llamedo, famously known as Dulce is one of the most talented, enduring singers in the country.
Born on July 22, 1961 to a poor family in Villa Bulsita, Bulacao, Pardo, Cebu City, Dulce started singing at the age of two, already impressing people with her great talent. After joining numerous singing contests in Cebu, Dulce had her first break when she joined the second Metro Manila Popular Song Festival (now Metropop Song Festival) at the age of 14, where she performed one of the compositions of the late George Canseco.
Dubbed as “Asia’s Diva,” she also garnered the title “Theme Song Queen” after having recorded a total of 30 theme songs for famous movies. In 1978, she recorded “Dulce Amor Incorporated” for Lorna Tolentino’s movie. The song became a hit and this is where she got the moniker Dulce.
Dulce’s incredible voice and passion for music earned her various awards. She bagged the grand prizes at the Fourth Asian Songfest held in Hongkong in 1979 and Asia Pacific Singing Contest in 1988, where she sang “Memory.” In 1994, she received the Highest Achievement Award by Salamat Music Summer Voice Workshop. She also received a Lifetime Achievement Award form Aliw Awards in 2003.
Dulce’s most famous song “Ako Ang Nasawi, Ako Nagwagi” does indeed fit her as she victoriously rose from poverty to stardom.