Translated as "Beautiful Star", Abelardo utilizes text from a sarswela (a postcolonial hybrid of the Spanish zarzuela) written by Servando delos Angeles. Utilizing the rhythmic pattern of the danza, the piece speaks of a lover desperate to be shone light from a beloved whom he heralds as a distant and unreachable star. It was eventually used in 1937 as the title song for a film, and has now become a staple in the repertoire of most Filipino singers.
The lyricist of Bituing Marikit, Cervando Angeles lived in Marikina City. His ancestral home still stands and is a few blocks away from Joseph's home in Marikina.