As part of Makati City’s two-day Independence Day Celebration, Original Pilipino Music (OPM) advocacy program “Tunog Natin” is holding a free concert at the Ayala Triangle Gardens on June 8 at 7 p.m.
Presented by Avida Land and Ayala Land’s Strategic Landbank Management Group (SLMG), “Tunog Natin: Himig ng Kalayaan” brings together six of the most talented OPM artists today namely acoustic artist Princess Velasco, soulful singer Duncan Ramos, gold record artist and Tunog Natin project head Myrus, former Miss Saigon actress Ima Castro, premiere vocalist Bituin Escalante, and singer-composer Noel Cabangon.
“This leg of the ‘Tunog Natin’ concert series resonates the sound of Philippine freedom and our musical identity as a people,” said Avida marketing head Tess Tatco.
“Avida is strongly committed to helping develop Filipino culture by advocating OPM, and we are proud to spearhead an effort to foster appreciation for Filipino music,” added Tatco.
The lovely Princess Velasco has captured the local music scene with her sweet-voiced covers of love songs, rendered by her on acoustic guitar. She is a regular member of ASAP Sessionista in ABS-CBN and a multi-awarded recording artist. Duncan Ramos has come into his own, after beginning his stint as a vocalist for South Border, and evolved into an accomplished, soulful artist. He likewise performs regularly in the Sunday variety show ASAP in ABS-CBN.
Myrus is one of the best singer-songwriters of his generation and has received recognition from the Awit Awards and the Philippine Radio Music Awards. His current hit, “Pusong Lito”, topped the charts in various FM radio stations nationwide.
Fans will remember Ima Castro for her vocal strength and skill, which she put to good use when she began her career riding the pop diva/pop belter wave of the 1990s. She eventually went on to play “Kim” in a “Miss Saigon” production, and lived with her husband in London for several years.
Big-voiced and soulful diva, Bituin Escalante is one of the music scenes most loved and respected vocalists—by both fans and fellow singers alike. Noel Cabangon on the other hand, in one of the icons of the Filipino indie music scene before he crossed over into the pop stardom after scoring a radio hit with a remake of his composition “Kanlungan.”
“OPM is the best legacy that we can leave the next generation—Filipino music unites us as a people and expresses our deepest aspirations as a nation. We invite Filipino fans to support this new cycle of the ‘Tunog Natin!” concert series as they did last year. And of course, like last year, they can expect a wonderful, joyous time watching the live performances of our Filipino artists,” said Tatco.
Filipino audiences are encouraged to come to the free “Tunog Natin!” concert and bask in the beauty of Original Pilipino Music, as a way not only to preserve its legacy but also to nurture the Filipino soul. Concert-goers are advised to arrive at the Ayala Triangle Gardens before the show starts at 7PM.