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Filipino musicians move to revitalize their ailing industry

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AT THE SUMMIT (from left): Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, Ogie Alcasid, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, President Aquino, Noel Cabangon and Ryan Cayabyab.

Following incisive reports and presentations by some of the local music scene’s most prominent figures at the recent Pinoy Music Summit, the participants—around 260—joined focus group discussions and drew up recommendations for creating a program meant to revitalize the ailing industry.

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Filipino music makers, unite!

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NOEL Cabangon says OPM tells our story as Pinoys. ARNOLD ALMACEN

I can live without TV, but not without radio. I have always been a music lover, even if I can’t carry a tune. My kids often tease me that, since I have so many singer-friends, I should ask one of them to give me a crash course. But I’d rather not, because they would surely get exasperated with me.

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Noel Cabangon does OPM covers for new album

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THIS singer feels naked without a guitar. “It’s like my security blanket.”

Last year, singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon and his label Universal Records turned to social media to crowdsource song suggestions for a new album he was planning to work on. They received more than 1,000 requests in just a week, Noel said, and a number of them were rather interesting.

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A cool night of jamming

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ROCCO Nacino and Alvin Aragon in “Pedro Calungsod”

What a blast we had at Noel Cabangon’s 50th birthday bash in his resto-bar, Conspiracy (Visayas Ave., Quezon City), on Christmas Day. It was one cool night of jamming.

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He hopes JT will interpret his song for typhoon victims

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NOEL Cabangon says US icon can draw big support for the cause. RICHARD REYES

Singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon is a very busy man these days.

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Nothing beats good old homegrown music

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NOEL Cabangon, Ogie Alcasid and Dingdong Avanzado opm2013 facebook

I immensely enjoyed the OPM (Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-Aawit) Fair in Cebu. There’s no better time to cheer up and cheer on our Visayan kababayan than now, in the aftermath of the recent earthquake and supertyphoon. So all roads led to the Queen City last Nov. 24 at the South Road Properties for the biennial [...]

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No gimmicks necessary with right mix of artists

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HEADLINERS Noel Cabangon (left) and Aiza Seguerra (right) jam with Charice.

If only our neighborhood istambays could sing—and were as delightfully silly as Noel Cabangon and Aiza Seguerra—we wouldn’t mind losing sleep, putting up with their rowdy laughter and drunken chatter at night. We might even join them for a swig or two.

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Sarah’s new challenge

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CABANGON. Heartfelt renditions and no-frills singing style.

“Why did the producers of ‘The Voice’ choose Sarah Geronimo as one of the judges? I don’t doubt her ability as a performer, but does that qualify her as a mentor for aspiring singers?”

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New movement launched to promote OPM

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Most people equate the success of the local music industry with album sales, or the number of hit songs it can produce. But for “OPM Means”—a new movement that aims to cultivate and promote Filipino music—OPM (Original Pilipino Music) is, more than anything else, about love, expression and cultural identity.

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Cinemanila winners, filmmakers lauded

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TENG Mangansakan. Photo by Rodel Rotoni

Movie director Tikoy Aguiluz, also founder of the annual Cinemanila International Film Festival, paid tribute to this year’s participating filmmakers during the awards ceremony held on Saturday night at the Bonifacio High Street Central Amphitheater in Taguig City.

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Cabangon repeats concert for Peta

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After successfully crossing over to the mainstream four years ago, singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon has never been busier. Aside from regular club gigs, the 48-year-old musician also does more television appearances and promotional work these days.

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Mentor feels like a beginner again

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THE ROCKER is a music ambassador of Singapore’s Academy of Rock. photo: yengmusic.blogspot.com

Yeng Constantino flew to Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental as one of the mentors in the recently concluded 3rd Elements Singing-Songwriting Camp. But in the four days she spent at the “music boot camp,” where some of the country’s finest musicians gathered to educate 60 aspirants, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter couldn’t help but feel like a [...]

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