Last Friday, October 18, The Juans held a press conference at the Viva offices, where they were asked about the background and the success of their hit song “Hindi Tayo Pwede”, which recently hit 6 million streams on the music-streaming platform Spotify.
The Filipino pop band’s vocalist and keyboardist Carl Guevara said the inspiration behind the song comes from people who fall for each other yet no matter what they do, they do not end up together because of different circumstances.
“Sa buhay po, ’di ba? May mga bagay na kahit gaano mo kagusto, ayaw naman sa’yo,” he explained to the press. “May mga bagay na pinipili [mo] pero hindi ikaw ang pinipili. [...] May moment lang po ako sa buhay na sa dami ng kwento na narinig ko, sa dami na ng mga bagay na nakaka-disappoint, may time talaga sa buhay na kailangan mong tanggapin na hindi tayo pwede.”
While writing the song, Guevara thought it might be possible to help people accept that “there are things in life that are not for you” through it.
He then spoke of a toxic positivity where people think that everything is possible, that everything can be achieved.
“In reality, meron po talagang buhay na ’di para sa atin,” he said. “For example, ako, hindi talaga ako pwede mag-basketball player. Hindi talaga ako pwede mag-PBA. So, I have to accept that. It doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world for me, but accepting is one step towards finding the right place for me, finding my place.”
When asked how could they relate to their song “Hindi Tayo Pwede”, the band members said they could relate to it in different aspects. For instance, drummer Joshua Coronel related the song to his experience in school.
“Dati taga-UST ako,” Coronel narrated. “May isang circumstance na nangyari and kahit gaano ko kagusto na makagraduate sa UST, hindi kami pwede so kailangan kong tanggapin ’yon. Well, matagal na pagtatanggap pero dumating pa rin sa point na kailangan natin mag-move on para ma-experience mo ’yong mas better pa na mangyayari sa buhay mo.”
Chael Adriano, the bassist of the band, said the song told him to manage his feelings and emotions properly.
“Kapag may isang bahay na nagsabi na hindi kayo pwede, malaki po ang chansa na merong isa ring bagay na other things na magsasabi na pwede kayo,” Adriano said.
In the realm of love, RJ Cruz spoke of his childhood crush and how things turned out bizarre in the end for him.
“Naalala ko before noong bata pa ako, siyempre noong bata, uso ’yong mga crush?” Cruz asked. “May crush ako tapos edi ’yon. Nakapag-usap kami. Tapos noong medyo nagiging close na kami, nalaman ko na malayong kamag-anak ko pala siya. So, hindi talaga pwede! Inaccept ko na lang.”
Continuing on with love, lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Jap Mendoza spoke about her ex-girlfriend whom he spoke with about his dream which is venturing into his love for music.
“Bakit music? Wala kang mararating sa music!” Mendoza recalled his ex-girlfriend saying. “Doon ko nasabi sa isip ko na hindi kami pwede. If ’di niya ’yon ma-su-support, parang mahirap.”
Guevara, on the other hand, recalled many moments in his life that was not for him, but he still pushed through with it.
“Minsan kasi for the sake of kilig or minsan dahil bored ka, minsan gusto mo lang ng magpapasaya sa’yo, o lonely ka, i-pu-push mo,” he said. “Kahit alam mo naman na malabo, hindi pwede, magkaiba kayo ng mundo, [...] pero for the sake of kilig, for the sake of that fleeting pleasure, ipipilit mo.”
“Tapos ’yong mga hard questions, hindi niyo sinasagot,” he continued. “Kain kayo dito, kain kayo diyan, nood kayo ng sine, punta kayo sa Tagaytay, punta kayo sa Baguio, pinuntahan niyo na lahat pero pagdating niyo sa dulo, maco-confront ka pa rin ng katotohanan na kahit anong gawin mo, hindi kayo pwede.”
Guevera then revealed that one reason why he wrote the song is to let other people realize that if, at first, you feel like something is not for you, do not force it.
“Kasi lalo lang kayo masasaktan,” he said. “Mas lalo mo lang pahahabain ’yong sakit na idudulot nang pinagtagpo kayo pero hindi kayo tinadhana.”