For interpreters Michael Pangilinan and Angeline Quinto, the situation of “Parang Tayo Pero Hindi” is something they relate to in their own personal lives. Michael says, “Hindi ako magsisinungaling. Minsan talaga nararanasan mo na parang kayo, pero hindi. Masasabi ko na naranasan ko na din itong nirerecord ko na kantang ito.” ("I won't lie. Sometimes, you really feel like you're together, but you're not. I can say that I've experienced this song that I'm recording.") And for Angeline, its relatability is why she loves the song as well. “Ang daming pumapasok sa isip ko na nangyayari sa personal na buhay ko. Kaya mas nagiging totoo yung kanta for me.” ("A lot of things that have happened in my personal life enter my mind [while I'm recording]. That's why the song becomes true for me.")
For composer Marlon Barnuevo, on the other hand, he says he has not experienced the situation himself, but one of his exes served as his inspiration for the song. As a songwriter, he likes to put himself in the position of the listener, to see if the lyrics entice them to learn more about the story behind the song. “Mahalaga sakin na yung mga lyrics ng mga sinusulat ko ay tumatagos sa puso nung mga nakikinig.” ("It's important for me that the lyrics I write speak to the heart of the listeners.")
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