The Kayanihan Project: Bayanihan para sa Awit ng Filipino is a call to unite Filipinos in positivism. Join Maentro Ryan Cayabyab, Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Gloc-9 and our corporate partners in the first-ever song co-created by the Filipino people.
Halina’t gumawa ng awit mula sa lirikong ipadadala ng bawat isa mula sa tanong na: Paano mo nasabing maganda ang buhay mo ngayon? Mag-submit ng inyong mga sagot sa The Kayanihan Project Facebook fanpage!
Imbes magkanya-kanya, magkayanihan na! Support OPM!
“OPM MEANS Filipino pride. OPM means teaching, celebrating, moving, gathering and sharing. It’s about my story, your story, our story. Atin ‘to! It’s about us. OPM MEANS we are one.” It’s stated in this video featuring great Filipino artists in their love and advocacy for OPM, courtesy of Twinky Lagdameo.
Here’s to a great start for OPM this year. OPM Means is a movement in order to bring people together to rally their support for OPM Music. It aspires to promote Philippines music, revives the Filipino identity and educates about the brighter future of our music to younger generations in beating up foreign music more than our own. Support the upcoming projects of OPM Means.
OPM is the heart and soul of every Pinoy, regardless of musical influences. Let’s rally and be united to embrace our roots as it longs for recognition. We Filipinos as creators and supporters of OPM are responsible for encouraging, inspiring and caring for our own music, our cultural heritage.
OPM is alive! Join the movement. Support OPM.
Like OPM Means on Facebook!
Sitti Live! at Radio Republic’s Muchikahan
15 Jan 2013
Nothing compares to listening live music especially when performed by certified musicians and artists. We first experience it this year at Radio Republic’s Muchikahan. Muchikahan is a lighthearted blend of music, talk and everything in between hosted by master musicians Ryan Cayabyab and Jay Durias, jamming with the Philippine’s Queen of Bossa Nova Sitti, streaming via www.radiorepublic.ph.
And when you love live OPM, there’s no better place than Radio Republic! The performance of Maestro Cayabyab, Jay Durias and Sitti were seldom held that’s why we really took time to be able to watch it live. We’ve seen how they setup and started the show through Sir Kelly Mangahas’ direction that night.
They sang a lot of songs in the jam sessions before the show started like One Note Samba, You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, The Trouble With Hello Is Goodbye and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered. It’s been an amazing experience to listen to them. Sitti has been so happy and honored to be performing with the musical geniuses, Mr. C and Jay Durias.
Sitti shared her life and career stories as the show progress. She scat singing to Muchikahan’s word jam, she definitely has a fantastic vocal improvisation skills. She performed her signature song Para Sa Akin, a song from her multi-platinum Cafe Bossa album. Other songs are Sinong Mag-aakala, End It With You and Wag Mo Na Munang Sabihin from her latest album Sitti Sessions. Sitti has also performed a beautiful version of Samba For Luisa, a song originally by Manila jazz legend Bong Peñera.
She introduced her own style of bossa nova to the Philippines, making it to the mainstream and continuously developing her craft as an artist are the qualities I’m most proud of about Sitti. Watch out for Sitti’s upcoming album with her new record company soon!
Above all, we got the chance to get up-close-and-personal with them. Smiles all around. Thanks to Sitti for making this all possible for us and to all the people behind Radio Republic for making us feel at home.
Katy: The Musical
17 - 27 Jan 2013
CCP, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater)
For tickets, call the 899-8089 / 0922-8986644, CCP at 8321125, or Ticketworld, 8919999. Checkout the video below featuring Katy’s song preview performed at Party Pilipinas, video by PinayGandaLive5.
On The Menu: Spotlight Artists Centre’s KATY: The Musical
Living up to its commitment of uplifting the legacy of Original Pilipino Music, Spotlight Artists Centre brings back the glory days of Filipino jazz and vaudeville when it restages KATY: The Musical at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) in January 2013.
The musical, originally staged in the ‘80s, chronicles the inspiring story of legendary jazz chanteuse Katy dela Cruz, who rose from the ranks to become one of the most illustrious, internationally-acclaimed and highest-paid performers of her time. From the 1930s onwards, throughout a prolific career that stretched out to more than six decades, the iconic stage livewire endeared herself to both foreign and local audiences with her mesmerizing stage presence, classic style and elegance, as well as her playful wit and irreverence.
Given the breadth and longevity of her stellar career, it’s hard to imagine what kind of multimedia frenzy Katy could’ve triggered if she were alive today. While her name might not ring a bell among Twitter and Youtube denizens, her legacy has been immortalized in the annals of local entertainment history.
In more ways than one, her triumph echoes every Filipino’s aspiration, reflecting the indomitable Pinoy pride and spirit. She was the Charice Pempengco and Jessica Sanchez of her generation. Her voice had the same knockout power as Manny Pacquiao’s. And her wit and humor was no doubt an inspiration to the equally-iconic King of Comedy, Dolphy, whom she shared the stage during their vaudeville days.
Such an uplifting, inspiring and culturally-enriching story definitely needs to be rekindled and passed on to younger generations. It is this noble mission that Spotlight Artists Centre undertook to take pride and glorify our roots. Thankfully, the artistic community has wholeheartedly thrown its support to the project.
Spotlight’s producers, led by Robert Seña, Carl Balita and Tricia Amper-Jimenez, are happy to announce the musical’s powerhouse cast, led by Isay Alvarez-Seña in the title role, along with Dulce, Tirso Cruz III, Lou Veloso, Gian Magdangal, Epi Quizon as ‘Golay,’ and an ensemble of prodigious Filipino talents. Nestor Torre directs, with original music composed by Ryan Cayabyab and interpreted live by the AMP Nonet Band under the baton of musical director Mel Villena. The libretto is by Jose Javier Reyes.
While the main cast has already been finalized, the search is still ongoing for the actress who will play the young Katy. Aspiring stage performers, ages 5 to10, may call Spotlight Artists Centre (899-8089) for audition on November 2013. Interested show buyers may also avail of premium discounts for special booking packages.
We’ve gained another fantastic photo experience from shooting the first Philippine Popular Music Festival finals night, thanks once again for giving us the opportunity Ms. Krina C.
It’s our first time to shoot in PICC, first time to work in a much bigger venue like the Plenary Hall. The Philippine Popular Music Festival is the country’s most prestigious songwriting competition featuring OPM’s finest musicians and artists, a celebration of genuine musical artistry where every Filipinos must be proud of his own music. OPM deserved a grand salute.
In a world-class stage, amazing songs were performed, all finalists had wondrous combination of melody and lyrics, and artists interpretation were outstanding. The program was hosted by TV host-singer-actress Nikki Gil and singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid. Everyone were entertained by Jose and Wally’s production number. Such an honor to be able to witness live OPM performances from the local and prominent personalities including Basil Valdez, Hajji Alejandro, Sharon Cuneta, Regine Velasquez, Christian Bautista, Eric Santos, Kitchie Nadal, Barbie Almalbis, Gloc-9, Rachel Alejandro and Bituin Escalante among the performers.
Grand Prize: Karl Villuga’s inspirational song “Bawat Hakbang” interpreted by Mark Bautista and Akafellas.
First Runner-Up: Toto Sorioso’s mellow-rock composition “Tayo-Tayo Lang” interpreted by Ebe Dancel.
Second Runner-Up: Soc Villanueva’s R&B-ballad “Kontrabida” interpreted by Sam Concepcion
The winners bagged 1M, P500,000 and P250,000, respectively, with a special trophy created by the award-winning glass sculptor Ramon Orlina. The finalists received P50,000 as consolation prize. The People’s Choice award goes to James Leyte’s pop-reggae “Brown.”
Song evaluations were based on concept and execution with artistic and creative merits judged by musicians Louie Ocampo, Jim Paredes, Noel Cabangon and Ely Buendia, radio DJ Chico Garcia, Record Executive Kathleen Dy-Go, and Maynilad Chief Finance Officer Randy Estrallado.
Other Philpop’s top entries include: Keiko Necesario’s 3 A.M. (Marié Digby), Trina Belamide’s “Big Time” (Baihana), Gary Granada’s “Minsa’y Isang Bansa” (performed with Val Villanueva), Thryo Alfaro’s “Himig Ng Panahon” (performed with Yumi, Loonie, Luke Mijares, Duncan Ramos and the PUP Bagong Himig Alumni), Edwin Marollano’s Kesa (Daniel Gorospe), Krist Melecio’s “Piso” (Joey Ayala), Noah Zuniga’s “Dulo Ng Dila” (JayR and DJ Poblete), Byron Ricamara’s “Takusa” (performed with Rocksteddy), Mike Villegas’ “Negastar” (performed with Cathy Go), and Kennard Faraon’s “Slowdancing” (Nyoy Volante). All songs were compiled in CD exclusively produced by Vic Valenciano, distributed by Ivory Records and is now available in mymusicstore.com.ph. The album is a collection of different genres, all fresh OPM songs ranging from R&B, acoustic and electronic music, to ballad, big band, reggae, ethnic, and rock. Buy your own copies now and support OPM!
Song snippets of the final 14 songs in the video below courtesy of philpopmusic or visit at PhilPOP.com.ph.
The Philippine Popular Music Festival | 14 July 2012 | PICC
Elements Music Camp 2012 Mentors:
Raimund Marasigan, Ebe Dancel, Gabby Alipe and The Maestro Ryan Cayabyab
THE ELEMENTS MUSIC CAMP is looking for singer-songwriters! The APPLICATION period is from July 1 to August 31, 2012. The live auditions and announcement of the campers will follow shortly after. All news, information, and updates can be accessed through the official camp website at http://www.elementsmusiccamp.com.ph.
A total of sixty (60) aspirants will be accepted to be the third batch of The Elements National Singing-songwriting Camp participants. More than twenty (20) mentors will be joining the campers in Dumaguete City from November 18-22, 2012.
Learn from the masters. JOIN NOW!
Here’s an Elements documentary, Dream for OPM, directed by JM Quiblat. Video by josequiblat.
Somebody’s gettin’ some attention here! (Drumroll please!)
Get noticed by the who’s-who of the Pinoy music scene!
Sandwich frontman Raymund Marasigan, former Sugarfree vocalist Ebe Dancel, Urbandub’s rock vocalist Gabby Alipe and the Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, musicians, artists and mentors from the successful The Elements National Singing-songwriting Camp are now looking for singer-songwriters, individuals who can express a genuine artistry for music. You also need to have not only a heart for music, but also for out country’s OPM industry.
Want to know if you’re qualified? Send your applications online beginning July 1 to August 31, 2012. Check this LINK for application process. You must be 18 to 35 years old. Be sure to be in your most talented, youthful and creative state of mind for the auditions after the process of selection. A total of sixty (60) aspirants will be accepted and will be participating the third batch of The 3rd Elements Music Camp with more than twenty (20) mentors in Dumaguete City from November 18-22, 2012. Experience music diversity, be inspired and fall in love with OPM.
It’s a 5-day workshop that will tackle different topics, lectures, group presentations, case studies, and a lot of break out sessions! The Camp will welcome musicians from different genres, styles and techniques to share their experiences and ideas to a group with a similar passion.
~ An Overview of Contemporary Philippine Music Industry
~ The Voice: The Science Behind Vocal Production
~ Basic Music Creation & Melody Writing
~ The Story in Your Head: Lyric Writing
~ Arranging Session
~ What is a Team? What is a Collaboration?
~ Move into Action
~ Group Presentations with Panel Critique
~ Inspirational Talk for all the campers
~ Band Talk
~ Using the Social Network to Market Your Music
~ Music Publishing
~ How To Get Started in the Music Industry
~ Stage Performance
~ Responsibilities of a Singer-Songwriter
~ The Music Producer: Making a Demo
Speakers, Lecturers, and Team Facilitators include Ely Buendia, Noel Cabangon, Jim Paredes, Gabby Alipe of Urbandub, Ebe Dancel, Gloc9, Jungee Marcelo, Raimund Marasigan, Gary Granada, Aia de Leon, Jay Durias, Christina Luna, Debbie Gaite, Yeng Constantino, Clarissa Ocampo, Audie Gemora, Gary Valenciano and many more.
The Elements National Singing-songwriting Camp is a gathering to help spread the love for OPM and is aimed to be a new avenue where Pinoy music is created through the path of originality. An assembly where people will be given a chance to learn from the masters in a creative atmosphere towards a common goal: The world to know, respect, recognize and enjoy Filipino music.
Experience pure awesomeness and OPM pride, here’s an original Elements composition entitled Ang Sarap Maging Pilipino performed in the Elements Songwriting Camp. Video by 03Mimay.
Special thanks to Tim Ramos for letting us (with blogger mentor & buddy Hoshi) cover the event amidst our newspaper production, to Ms. Twinky Lagdameo for accomodating us dearly and to Mr. C for inviting us to dine with him (along with other artists) and letting us experience dining with one of the most respected pillars in the Phillippine music industry. It’s a blessing to be part of this rainy yet most rewarding and most inspiring day with the country’s leading and full-blooded OPM warriors.
Sharing you the Elements National Songwriting Camp Official Documentary videos, Quark Henares directed the first camp video (2010). Video by 7101MusicNation. JM Quiblat directed the second camp video (2011). Video by josequiblat.
Radio Republic: Zia Quizon covers Pumapatak Na Naman Ang Ulan LIVE!
22 May 2012
Zia Quizon guesting in Muchikahan hosted by master musicians Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and Jay Durias in www.radiorepublic.ph, TUNE IN NOW!
Let’s enjoy the night away with their music, small talks and OPM.
Photos are screencaps from the website, opening song “Pumapatak Na Naman Ang Ulan.” | 22 May 2012 | 8pm
MUSIKAbataan 2012 | 31 Mar 2012 | Teatrino
..At kung alam ko lang na mauuwi sa wala,
sana pala hindi na lang. ~Sana Pala Hindi Na Lang by Banjo Gonzales
Sana Pala Hindi Na Lang is a well-written song and a well-applauded performance by Banjo Gonzales, an advance scholar of Musikabataan who performed with Rafael Gutierrez and Enzo Mendoza (also an advance scholar, lower left photo) where all three of them performed an all original solo act at the MUSIKAbataan recital,held in Teatrino and other MUSIKAbataan scholars (lower right photo). The song has a good sound structure and recall, very OPM and it has its own humor Banjo can only manage to do so.
They were in a scholarship program called MUSIKAbataan, a musically inclined youth aged 13 to 17 focused on a 10-month long talent identification and training program where they can show off their innate musical skills and get the chance to be trained and honed by The Maestro, Ryan Cayabyab in voice, stage projection and musical performance, its benefactor Music Museum Group’s collaboration (MMGI President Precy Florentino) with The Music School of Ryan Cayabyab.
Here’s one of crowd’s favorite performances (which we enjoyed too), advance scholars Banjo, Rafael and Enzo’s vocal improvisation, amazing vocals.
It’s our second year covering MUSIKAbataan performances courtesy of the MMGI. Congratulations Musikabataan graduates!
More photos from our first MUSIKAbataan coverage HERE.
MUSIKAbataan 2012 | 31 Mar 2012 | Teatrino
MYX Music Awards 2012: VJP’s TOP 10 Highlights
1. Parokya Ni Edgar is the big winner of the recently held MYX Music Awards 2012 in Music Museum, acquiring five awards including Favorite Artist, Favorite Group, Favorite MYX Live Performance, Favorite Song award for “Pangarap Lang Kita,” and Favorite Collaboration for “One Hit Combo” with Gloc 9, included in their latest album “Middle-aged Juvenile Novelty Pop Rockers,”.
2. Mr. Ryan Cayabyab (Mr. C) is the MYX Magna Awardee, a special citation for his valuable contribution in the OPM industry. Performed for Mr. C’s greatest hits are the Asia’s premiere vocal harmony The Company (“Ako’y Hibang sa Awit”), Geneva Cruz (reprised Smokey Mountain’s “Kailan”), Jed Madela (“Paraiso”), The Songbird Regine Velasquez (“Araw-Gabi” and “Tuwing Umuulan Ay Kapiling Ka”) and the legendary balladeer Basil Valdez (“Nais Ko”). Video by myxphdotcom.
3. Pupil with “20/20” music video director Jason Tan accepting the award, winning the most sought after Favorite Music Video Award.
5. Because of MYX’s ‘70s inspired musical theme, which was referred to as “the golden age of OPM, mainly to invigorate the industry to promote originality in this era of overflowing covers and remakes, the celebration was also featured performances of the ‘70s Superband namely Snaffu Rigor, Nonoy Tan and Mon Espia who performed a medley of Manila Sound hits with Kyla, Champ Lui Pio, Juris, JayR, Christian Bautista, Karylle, Ebe Dancel and Sitti. MYX VJs were also wearing fab 70s attire. Video by myxphdotcom.
6. Francis “The Brew” Reyes shared a short yet moving testimony of life to Pinoy funk rock icon Karl Roy (Advent Call, P.O.T. and Kapatid frontman) and Bodjie Dasig’s (Law of Gravity vocalist and composer of “Ale, Nasa Langit Na Ba Ako?” and “Sana Dalawa Ang Puso Ko”) passing.
7. Crowd favorite acoustic jazz singer Zia Quizon won as the Favorite New Artist, who also performed her latest single “Dear Lonely”. Video by myxphdotcom.
8. Most hilarious presenter award goes to Jon Santos impersonating as Miriam Defensive Santiago. He is really funny cracking out punchlines relating to his impersonation. Video by myxphdotcom.
9. The awards night were opened by renditions of the songs nominated in the Favorite Song category: Paolo Valenciano and Yeng Constantino’s version of Parokya ni Edgar’s Pangarap Lang Kita, Rachelle Ann Go’s version of Pupil’s 20/20, J ulie Ann San Jose’s version of Somedaydream’s Hey Daydreamer, La Diva’s version of Gloc 9 feat Sheng Belmonte’s Walang Natira and KC Concepcion’s version of Zia Quizon’s Ako Na Lang. Video by myxphdotcom.
10. Here’s the complete list of winners of MYX Music Awards 2012:
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees of this year’s MYX Music Awards. Mabuhay ang OPM!
Catch the airing of the MMA 2012 on March 17 (Sunday) at 7 p.m., with replays on March 25 (Sunday), 11 a.m., and April 8 (Sunday), 6:30 p.m. For more information, please log on to www.myxph.com, Like them on Facebook, and follow @myxphilippines on Twitter.
MYX Music Awards 2012 | 13 Mar 2012 | Music Museum
The Cultural Center of the Philippines
CCP TANGHALANG AURELIO TOLENTINO
THE NATIONAL HISTORICAL COMMISSION OF THE PHILIPPINES COCOLIFE and TANGHALANG PILIPINO
NOLI ME TANGERE, THE MUSICAL
Libretto by Bienvenido Lumbera
Music by Ryan Cayabyab
Directed by Audie Gemora
In honour of Jose Rizal’s 150th birthday, Noli Me Tangere: The Musical will officially open Tanghalang Pilipino’s Silver Theater Season.
The critically acclaimed musical adapted by Ryan Cayabyab from Rizal’s most famous work will be restaged, with libretto by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera and under the direction of theater luminary Audie Gemora. Costume design is by National Artist Salvador Bernal. The artistic panel is now on its final stages in completing the powerhouse cast, including the finalization of the participation of Mark Bautista as Ibarra and Cris Villonco as Maria Clara. The official cast will be announced this May.
CAST & CREW:
Cris Villonco, Mark Bautista, Gian Magdangal
Bodjie Pascual, Al Gatmaitan, Ring Antonio, Garry Lim, Red Nuestro, Jonathan Tadioan, Jenny Villegas, Rikki Benedicto, Jerald Napoles, Angeli Bayani, Paolo Rodriguez, Baron Barbers, Alfritz Blanche, Mia Bolanos, Jack Campano, Kat Castillo, Martha Comia, Regina De Vera, Miguel Estenzo, Sherine Ann Koa, Hazel Maranan, Noe Morgado, Jun Ofracio, Joseph Perez, Gino Ramirez, Rayna Reyes, Chesko Rodriguez, Anna Lillie Santa Maria, Diana Sison, Reynaldo Ucat.
For tickets, click HERE.
Noli Me Tangere: The Musical” runs August 5-28, 2011 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater).
Visit TANGHALANG PILIPINO for more details.
Aug. 5 to 7: Gian Magdangal and Cris Villonco
Aug. 12 to14: Mark Bautista and Cris Villonco
Aug. 19/10am: Gian Magdangal and Cris Villonco (special performance)
Aug. 19/3pm & 8pm: Mark Bautista and Cris Villonco
Aug. 20 to 21: Gian Magdangal and Cris Villonco
Aug. 26/1:30pm & 8pm: Mark Bautista and Cris Villonco (special performance)
Aug. 27/3pm: Mark Bautista and Cris Villonco
Aug. 27/8pm: Gian Magdangal and Cris Villonco
Aug. 28/3pm: Mark Bautista and Cris Villonco
Noli Me Tangere Publicity photos HERE courtesy of Tanghalang Pilipino Facebook acct.
Ryan Cayabyab & Friends
Dulce, Bituin Escalante, Jett Pangan
The Ryan Cayabyab Singers
Newport Performing Arts Theatre
28 June 2011 | 8pm
This June 28, 2011, 8PM at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Ryan Cayabyab, fondly known as “Mr. C”, and the superb Ryan Cayabyab singers, will delight fans with chart toppers and OPM classics beautifully arranged by the Maestro himself. The concert will be directed by the renowned Floy Quintos. ~Resorts World Manila
For ticket inquiries CLICK HERE.
Played with lights on RCS’s Motown & Beyond show, here’s one of our favorite shot.
More MOTOWN and BEYOND photos HERE.
The Ryan Cayabyab Singers’
MOTOWN AND BEYOND!
January 28, 2011; Friday
8:30 pm | Music Museum
Here’s a photo teaser from VerJube Photographics, an event to remember because its our first time to see Mr. Cayabyab not playing on stage but mentoring his great vocal group named The Ryan Cayabyab Singers.
The Classic Motown sound was the theme of the show and I admire these singers because they made justice to these classic hits.
I’m a big fan of Motown sound, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, DeBarge, Boys II Men to name a few. It’s an awesome show!