A CELEBRATION OF ORIGINAL PILIPINO MUSIC
Ogie Alcasid and Maestro Ryan Cayabyab celebrated the wonderful world of Original Pilipino Music during their much-anticipated concert “OC at the PICC” held last October 8, 2010 at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center. The crowd, who filled the PICC’s Plenary Hall to full capacity, was far from disappointed as they were treated to a night filled with all-time OPM greats – and some laughs in-between – as the collaboration of these two respected and talented musical artists demonstrated why Filipino music is so wonderfully unique. Aside from singing his own hits, Ogie, the president of the Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit, also sang medleys of various OPM hits from the jukebox classics, to local rock bands, to timeless Pinoy love songs, and iconic Filipino movie themes. Not to mention performing songs from the legendary trio, the Apo Hiking Society, Willie Cruz and George Canseco all of which were complemented by the magnificent arrangement of Maestro Ryan Cayabyab.
Guest performers The Ryan Cayabyab Singers spiced things up with their rousing production number covering past hits by Yoyoy Villame, Boy Mondragon, Victor Wood, among others which proves that these young men and women are the next big thing in OPM. Special guests Noel Cabangon and Ai Ai Delas Alas also made the concert even more special. The audience embraced Noel’s passion for a better Philippines as they stood up and raised their hands and made a pledge to his "Mabuting Pilipino" which he sang famously on the inauguration of President Noynoy Aquino. Meanwhile, Ai Ai Delas Alas brought the house down with her "I'm freakin' Regine Velasquez" skit.
The success of the OC at the PICC concert, produced by Beginnings at Twenty Plus, Inc. and Star Express, happen to prove that there is still a strong support for local Filipino music in the country.
IN THE NEWS
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Manila Standard Today Pilipinas TV Pinoy Exchange Malaya Newspaper GMA News TV The Heart Disease Blog Abante: Una sa Balita The Philippine Star
Foreign music has always found a significant audience in the Philippines, both in terms of album sales and live performances. But some producers also see the need to showcase Pinoy talent by providing audiences with good old local Original Pilipino Music (OPM). It is with this in mind that Beginnings at Twenty Plus, Inc. and Star Express – the people behind the critically-acclaimed film Sigwa: Rage of Perils and Hopes, and the highly successful farewell concert of the APO Hiking Society: Last Valentine’s nAPO Nila – are cooking up a one of a kind musical experience that all OPM fans will surely love and look forward to.
Two of the biggest and most respected names in the Philippine music scene – Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and Ogie Alcasid – will come together on October 8, 2010, in a concert entitled “O.C. at the P.I.C.C.”
A Greater Cause
Twenty Plus’s Ma. Pelita Peralta-Uy, the executive producer of the show reveals that it took her three years to come up with the perfect show for music great Ogie Alcasid.
“I’ve been waiting for the right time. And, this is the perfect time,” said Uy, who is a personal friend of Ogie since they were in high school. “My decision to hold this is more than just giving the audience a great show. This is my own way to support Ogie in heading the OPM and my contribution to the local music industry.” Uy said that, a portion of the proceeds will be for the benefit of the OPM Foundation.
Ogie and Mr. Cayabyab have separately written songs and performed with the biggest names in the music industry and have produced music that have changed the landscape of Philippine Pop Culture. Mr. Cayabyab, or Mr. C as he is fondly called, is known for his grand, anthemic themes that celebrate the Filipino spirit. In contrast, Ogie Alcasid made his mark as a songwriter of sentimental, earnest love songs that genuinely reflect the feelings of the common man. To hear them jam together and fuse their two styles is certainly an event that many music lovers have anticipated.
“We’re still brainstorming a winning lineup of songs,” Ogie explained. “Needless to say, we shall be performing Mr. C’s songs and some of mine. My all-time favorite songs will also make the cut. And, I realized that so many of my favorite songs are his favorites too, like the George Canseco classics.” Ogie has recently released “Ngayon at Kailanman: A Tribute to George Canseco” an album of his personal interpretation of the Master’s songs.
The repertoire will consist of songs from the past and present, ranging from the kitsch or “jologs” songs, to the classic musicale line up. “With Mr. C’s expertise in arrangement, together with Mr. Noel Cabangon, the Ryan Cayabyab Singers, and Ms. Ai-Ai delas Alas, each collaboration will be executed with class, grace and grandeur,” the executive producer added.