Celebrate the wonders of our local music scene with Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino 2017! This year’s week-long event, established by the Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-Aawit (OPM), began on July 22 and comes to a close on July 29. Once again the organization is providing a space for both prominent and rising musicians with the likes of SUD, Bullet Dumas, Keiko Necessario, Issa Rodriguez, and more to wear their colors proud.
The Growth of Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino
The third of its kind, OPM President Ogie Alcasid along with officers Dingdong Avanzado and Noel Cabangon established the festival to “elevate the voices of Filipino talent”. The affair’s inception in 2015 even found its way into my alma mater, MINT College, where my majors class had the privilege of producing (along with my friend and I hosting!) the successful event. Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino has then since grown and now caters to nearly all the genres under the Filipino sun with new shindigs.
This year, you’ll be able to tune in to your favorite artists’ radio guestings on Pinas FM 95.5, Wish FM 107.5, Jam 88.3, and online-based Tee Radio throughout the week. If you haven’t had a good reason to visit a mall, let Kaleidescope Eyes and Noel Cabangon take you away to Rockwell Power Plant Mall for a night of live music.
Showcases I’m Stoked to Watch
In the midst of Bonifacio Global City’s concrete jungle, Unit 27 will be roaring loud with the Indie-coustic showcase on July 27. This will be the first time I get to see Ben&Ben live after missing their gigs countless times. Additionally, I get to support my friends/ex-classmates: band drummer Jam Villanueva and guitarist Poch Barretto. Bullet Dumas is also playing, so of course I’m ready to listen and weep like I always do with every Bullet performance. Emerging pop/alternative rock band Over October’s infectiously unique and refreshing sound will have me grooving throughout the night.
Up north in Blue Eagle and Fighting Maroon territory, three OPM-ic stages at Walrus Katipunan, Tortuga, and Cool Beans Cafe will give a total of 27 artists a chance to create a buzz around their music. Who knows, I might discover my next treasured local artist thanks to these open mic stages.
My personal music taste is heavily influenced by hip-hop so The Get Down stage at Music Hall is a must-visit. Multi-talented producer/MCs such as Queens-raised Flava Matikz of Q-York, rap group JUAN RHYME, and unorthodox storyteller NINNO are set to spit and show off their lyrical prowesses. Geca Morales and Gidget Dela Llana will also drop by to soothe our ears with their rhythmic vocals.
With two to three bar showcases taking place each night, you’ll probably be fretfully treading north to south and vice versa. Not to worry though, because we’ve got you covered. Check out the schedule of activities below and we’ll see you there!
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