Pouring the Love for OPM

It’s September and we know what that means – the start of the long holiday celebration in the country. And because it’s Ber months already, frequent afternoon and evening downpour is almost an everyday sight, along with even long hours on the road of course. But this is no season to fret, instead of letting the heavy downpour and traffic dampen our spirits, let music be our beacon of light amidst the rain and endless-like traffic.


This month, let the start of the season be the spark of the celebration for OPM all-originals from Sitti, TJ Monterde, and Moira Dela Torre; for fiery inspiration and passion from Heneral Luna’s theme song; to new beginnings and challenges from Nicole Asensio’s ascend as a solo artist; to JaDine carrying the country’s pride to foreign shores; to love’s redemptive nature in Aicelle Santos’ new single; and to flying high with Kyla.

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Clara Benin: An Acoustic Evening at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

We have learned a lot of things about Clara Benin during the launch of her independently released album, “Human Eyes.” She is a shy girl and very soft spoken yet loves to do something magical every time she picks up her guitar.

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Clara Benin is the daughter of former Side A bass player Joey Benin. The 21-year-old is also the voice behind the commercial jingles of McDonald’s breakfast menu including her rendition of “Pure Imagination” and “Hooray for Today.”

A friend recommended her music to me and the first time I heard her on You Tube, I am hooked. I remembered her playing for You Tube sensation AJ Rafael in Teatrino as she showed a taste of Clara B’s music to be.

I think I have listened to her songs from this album many times and I am really surprised the first time I heard it all. It’s something new, natural and catches a great deal of OPM. I had a little problem though with some words spoken from the songs but her acoustic setting allows her vocals to be more expressive. Her music is melodically awesome, I love all the instruments incorporated in every song. Continue reading

‘Byaheng Pangarap’: Gloc-9′s Tales from the Road

Last November 9, famous Pinoy rapper Aristotle Pollisco a.k.a. Gloc-9 released “Byaheng Pangarap,” a docu-concert that chronicled his personal hustle in the Philippine hip-hop scene. While the narrative footages felt promising, it certainly captured the journey from his humble beginnings to his struggles as an artist.

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Interviews and never-before-seen clips were mostly taken from home or on the road elsewhere while riding a jeepney, the Philippines’ most popular means of public transportation. Recounting his life and music’s rich and lightheartedly complex history makes it an absolute subject for a documentary.

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Gloc-9′s concept was a stroke of genius that he got people focused to songs with lyrics perfectly crafted and attention-grabbing subjectsWhen you’re hungry for a true sense of originality, you can watch and listen to this DVD album all at the same time.

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The CompanY Performs A Noteworthy ‘Lighthearted OPM 2′ Album Launch

Have you heard The Company’s first single from their latest album “Lighthearted OPM 2?” In this new album, the country’s power vocalists celebrate the iconic Filipino music from renowned OPM composers and singers, touched with The CompanY’s authentic renditions.The Company - Lighthearted OPM 2 (1)

“May I Have This Dance,” the first single from the album, is a cover originally written by Marvic Sotto, vocally arranged by Moy Ortiz and featuring the powerful beat box of DJ Myke Salomon. The music video itself is a collaboration with their Stages co-artist and singer heartthrob Sam Concepcion, who once again displayed his impressive dance moves grooving into the song.

Thanks to this unique rendition, I have an ecstatic feel to this highly entertaining song that we fortunately heard live from their noteworthy “Lighthearted OPM 2” album launch at the Music Museum.

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