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