As this year’s Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino (July 23-31) approaches, watch singers/recording artists, composers and musicians give ten reasons why we should sing our country’s compositions:
1. It tells us who we are.
“Hoy, Pinoy ako! Buo aking loob, may agimat ang dugo ko!” (NOYPI by Bamboo)
2. Nothing compares to OPM when we want to express what we feel.
“I’ve loved you then and I love you still, you’re a friend of mine. Now, I know, friends are all we ever could be.” (FRIEND OF MINE by Odette Quesada / Lea Salonga)
3. BIRIT!! We know it’s fun and we love to do it!
“Ayoko sana na ikaw ay mawawala. Mawawasak lamang ang aking mundoooo!!!” (HALIK by Aegis)
4. Like the word “lambing”, OPM lyrics can’t be matched by other languages.
“Kahit anong gawing lambing, di mo pa rin pansin.” (KAILAN by Smokey Mountain)
5. OPM hits you hard, hits you deep.
“Pagdating ng panahon, baka ikaw rin at ako. Baka tibok ng puso ko’y maging tibok ng puso mo.” (PAGDATING NG PANAHON by Aiza Seguerra)
6. OPM is a kind of therapy and it works best when shared. Come see for yourself!
“Basta’t tayo’y magkasama, laging mayrong umagang kay ganda. (UMAGANG KAY GANDA by Tillie Moreno & Ray-an Fuentes / Sara Geronimo)
7. It asks life’s hardest questions…
“Ba’t di pa sabihin ang hindi mo maamin? Ipauubaya na lang ba ‘to sa hangin?” (TADHANA by Up Dharma Down)
8. …and gives the most honest answers.
“Mahal kita, mahal kita, hindi ‘to bola. Ngumiti ka man lang sana, ako’y nasa langit na. Mahal kita, mahal kita, hindi ito bola.” (EWAN by APO Hiking Society / Daniel Padilla)
9. It’s the soundtrack of our lives.
“You’ll get along with a little prayer and a song. Too doo doo doo…” (WITH A SMILE by Eraserheads)
10. We own it, we should celebrate it!
“Panahon na para magsaya! Forget mo na ang problema! Pa-dance- dance para sumigla. Rock ‘n’ roll hanggang umaga!” (BONGGAHAN by Sampaguita / 6CycleMind)
You too can sing and meet other people who love OPM in FilipiNotes UPSIZED – a bigger and better OPM Open Mic in celebration of Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino: July 26, 2016; 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub at 8PM. For more information, follow FilipiNotes on Facebook (facebook.com/FilipiNotes), Twitter (@FilipiNotes), and Instagram (@FilipiNotesOPM) or register for the event at http://bit.ly/2947mvd.