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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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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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Gloc-9’s ‘Dapat Tama’ is the story of the Filipino nation

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Two simple words—”Dapat Tama”—everyone should remember before voting on May 13. Gloc-9 makes that message clear in this anthem that he composed to wake up a somnolent nation. Indeed, a nation rendered almost numb in her seeming insurmountable struggles against crashing poverty and incorrigible corruption in government. However, there’s a most powerful line “Nasa atin ang kapangyarihan pag tayo ang kumibo” which offers each of us insight—and that is, the realization that the power to effect change lies in each of us and not in the candidates—so it is time we woke up and time we claim that power by casting our votes.

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Franco rocks ‘solo’ at Music Museum

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SCORCHING. Without his original “superband” members, hard rocker Franco Reyes successfully gathers the faithful in his first concert at a jam-packed Music Museum on Saturday night. KAREN BONCOCAN/Inquirer.net

Stepping back up on stage after last year’s breakup with the members of a group revered by many as a “superband”, Franco Reyes is back with a new album and a whole lot of gratitude for his loyal fans.

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Franco: from supergroup to power solo

“Franco (Soul Adventurer)” Album Cover. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Fans saddened by the decision of Franco’s big-name members to part ways have enough reason to smile after all. Besides, the acknowledged heart and soul of the group, Franco Reyes, decided to go on with the adventure, only that he’s gone doing it solo.

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