Musicians Acel Bisa-van Ommen and Mikey Amistoso Mentor Young Songwriters

Singer-songwriter Acel Bisa -van Ommen recently launched Titik at Tono, an online songwriting
workshop under Payong Musikero, a multi-platform community that serves as a source of instruction,
information, and inspiration for aspiring and established musicians which she started in 2018.


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As part of the workshop, each finisher was tasked to record their song so it could be showcased during the online recital. They could either self-produce it or work with professional producers to get the full experience of making a song (at home due to the pandemic).

Several of the participants who wanted to work with professional producers were tweens and teens.

Two of these teens had a distinct British indie pop sound and Acel knew that the perfect producer and mentor for them was Mikey Amistoso of Ciudad.

In a Facebook post Mikey said, “When I heard the demo for this (The End by Ligaya Escueta), I was astounded by her song, and her melodies, and the maturity behind it all! I was also intrigued with the similarities of our musical sensibilities (especially with my work in Ciudad). Long live our sound!”

Soon after that post, Mikey posted a photo with Janna Mishka and her band. He was once again thrilled to work with another young musician!

Mikey Amistoso

During their online recital, Acel excitedly said, “Their works are all amazing! I am not exaggerating! I don’t think I could have written a song like that when I was 11 years old. I was surprised with the melodies they came up with! This just shows that age is just a number and you’re never too young or never too old to learn and develop new skills.”


After their online recital, Acel knew that she just had to release Batch 2’s songs as an album under her own indie- recording label, Tenzi Records. All her workshop finishers were immediately on-board. Several other finishers started working with professional producers like Charles Bautista and Jeremiah de Leon.


Slice of Sky will be released on January 15, 2021, and will be available in all digital platforms.

A Slice of Sky features delightful hues of music about the pandemic, hope, faith, healing, waiting, and acceptance. Aside from being a narrative of the stories of 2020, Slice of Sky also paints a picture of how bright the future is for our next generation of songwriters.

Slice of Sky was released last January 15, 2021, and is now available on all digital platforms.