Rakrakan Festival, a staple music event in the country running for over 5 years now continues to dominate the local concert scene as they are at it again with a bigger, louder, and bolder ensemble for all their die-hard fans out there.

Having another sure success last February 24, 2018 at the Aseana City Concerts Grounds, Let us take a look at how Rakrakan imbibed itself permanently into everything that is OPM.


Looking back a bit, let me detail how the history of the festival started out; Rakrakan was pure genius to say the least, it sprouted from someone’s pure nationalistic concept of wanting to create a homegrown space for what our OPM has to offer.

It was (from my own standpoint) triggered by the continuous influx of International acts and artists in the country, for years now with most of which have big concerts and events that highlight the music and talents of foreign acts whilst our very own OPM artists are merely front acts.

A vision that has gone far and beyond the usual storyline it was created for. A TRUE SUCCESS IN RAISING UP THE FLAG OF OUR OWN LOCAL SCENE; OF EVERYTHING THAT IS LOCAL THAT ENCOMPASSES OPM.


Going back takes us to a humbler, more intimate Rakrakan Festival, with the likes of Urbandub and Gracenote performing along with over 50 bands in two (2) stages.

The festival had its most controversial year last 2017 when the event was rebranded to Rakrakan presents: OPM Against Drugs in response to the four drug-related deaths during the Closeup Forever Summer rave the year before. This resulted in Cheats, Taken by Cars, Techy Romantics, BP Valenzuela, KZ Tandingan, and Bullet Dumas pulling out at the last minute.

Having a political mess join in the fest didn’t deter the last years’ festivities, the even still gained over 25,000 participants. Another sure hit in our book.



Staying true to their branding of PINOY FIRST, this year’s celebration was the biggest one yet. With over 6 stages and 120 local artists in their line up, the event held last Saturday was definitely the talk of all music lovers out there.

Crowd favorites like Ely Buendia, Hale, Slapshock, Gloc-9, Wilabaliw, The Chongkeys, Brownman Revival, Franco, Urbandub, Moonstar 88, Tanya Markova and Leanne and Naara rocked different stages as they gave an all time high to all their raving supporters.

Known for putting together all that is local, the even gathered 70 merchants that displayed their goods; it was a huge hit to all the event goers; they were treated with a huge selection of our local designs as tees, tank tops, sunglasses and other goodies were displayed all over the grounds.

Skateboard Exhibition Competition & Other Street Art Displays

Photo by: Nyl Acosta

Wanting to give a holistic festival experience, the Rakrakan Festival is also known to host Skateboard Exhibitions and other interactive exhibits simultaneously on the grounds with the live performances, this year it only got better as they set-up a Live Art Contest involving ten 5-member teams from top universities like University of the Philippines, De la Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, University of Sto. Thomas, University of the East, MAPUA, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and many more as they compete to showcase their talents.

All in all, the Rakrakan Festival is lifelong testament of how much Pinoys are really into the local OPM scene; gone are the days when the leaderboards in our music charts are the foreign bands, we can definitely say that this event is a true patron of all that is Filipino, and we love it even more as it grows.

So here’s to counting the days till the next festival!

*Photos grabbed from the Official FB Page of Rakrakan Festival and Nyll Acosta with permission from both sources.