Music in the Form of Celebration, Memories and Bittersweet Farewells

Music comes in diverse forms, and this month’s local music scene round-up via Music Roll further illustrates the versatility of music.


We start with PhilPop 2016’s big bash celebration of Filipino musicality; the celebrated dream collaborations between Ely Buendia and Itchyworms in “Pariwara”; the indie music taking charge of this year’s first ever Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino; to memories worth recalling in Clara Benin’s songs while we wait for her return; in the never-ending cycle of love, denial, separation and finding new hope all together in new singles of Rico Blanco and Arnold Reyes; and for the ability to create free music in Josephine’s story and The Benchboys’ reunion for one last time.

Let’s always celebrate music in all its forms, with the old and new, with the happy and sad, with beginnings and farewells, but most of all for all its good and enduring memories.

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Ring in the New Year with New Music

And we are back to square one, the New Year just ushered in a few days ago and it’s the start of another 365 days for everyone. But a new year isn’t a new year without music because music makes the world go round and keeps everyone sane despite the insane.


This year’s first Music Roll compiles some of the noteworthy new OPM albums from Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo and boyfriend actor-racer Matteo Guidicelli, from Indie Sweetheart Clara Benin in “Riverchild,” and crooner singing champ Jason Dy with his self-titled debut album.

And although we may have been getting too much of covers the past year in OPM, X-Factor Australia wonder boy Cyrus Villanueva’s debut album “Cyrus” is still a welcome breather with his smooth pop covers of some of music’s biggest hits.

This month also marks the second edition of Fusion ’16 – The Philippine Music Festivals that encourages the Filipinos to continue to dream and aspire for a better Philippines through the world of music.

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