FilipiNotes, a regular open mic dedicated to Original Pilipino Music continues to receive attention and interest from OPM artists, practitioners and lovers of the craft. Fueled with the objective of encouraging more people to experience local compositions by providing a venue and opportunity to perform beautiful music from the Philippines, FilipiNotes gathers people from all walks of life to be one in not belittling music written by our countrymen. Hence, their clever slogan: “Huwag Maliitin ang Notang Pinoy.”
FilipinNotes published in July an online video that featured musicians, composers, and singers including Dingdong Avanzado, Aiza Seguerra, Poppert Bernadas, Timmy Pavino, and Kim Molina who gave reasons why people should sing OPM and proudly joined the group’s call to be proud of our “Notang Pinoy.”
More artists are joining the bandwagon in support of the group and its endeavor. Recently, the organizers of the OPM open mic did a Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/FilipiNotes/videos/1609879785976212/) broadcast that featured The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 contestant, Philippe Go and online sensation Jessah Chichirita which was shared online by Lea Salonga.
On September 27, the group will have its third and probably the last OPM open mic for the year, FilipiNotes: Bare – The Songbird Session at 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub. For a P300 door charge, performers on this acoustic open mic will be accompanied by professional guitarists (including Beejay Valera of Mojofly) as they warble Songbird songs like “Narito Ako”, “Dadalhin”, “Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka”, or “Shine”.
The event which will be hosted by recording artist, Timmy Pavino and made possible by Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit and media partners, WhenInManila.com, Manila Bulletin, Psst.ph, and PINAS FM 95.5, will feature generous support from the award-winning Thyro & Yumi, and Moses Akoh from the TV show “I Love OPM,” as guest performers. Yumi posted on her Facebook page about her excitement: “Samahan nyo po kami! Kakantahin po namin ang mga kanta ng nag-iisang Asia’s Songbird, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid! Nakakaexcite po ito! Kinikilig ako ngayon pa lang!”
FilipiNotes co-founder, Amiel Mendoza says, “we are completely overwhelmed and truly grateful for the support from the music industry. We are excited to see more help from artists and organizations who want to join us in bringing OPM to the fore where it belongs.”
To know more about FilipiNotes, follow them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FilipiNotes/), Twitter (@FilipiNotes), and Instagram (@filipinotesopm) or register for the event at https://bit.ly/2cSTxHb.