2nd Pinoy Music Festival attracts vets, newbies
That we were able to pull this off despite our limited time and resources is really fulfilling,” singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon said of the second Pinoy Music Festival, which coincided with the inaugural observance of the Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino from July 25 to 31.
Cabangon, the festival director, described the weeklong musical celebration as “very successful.” “We would’ve loved to have a bigger celebration, but we did the best we could. I hope we do even better next year,” he told the Inquirer.
Through Proclamation No. 933 signed by President Benigno Aquino III in 2014, the last week of July of each year has been declared Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino to develop, promote and foster appreciation for original Filipino music and to revitalize the local music industry.
Tasked to spearhead the advocacy are the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM). Cabangon is OPM vice president for external affairs.
Throughout the Pinoy Music Festival, various music-related events were held across the metro: mall and school shows, street performances and bar sessions; My OPM Playlist exhibit at Bonifacio High Street Ampitheater; and the OPM Music Marathon at the Quezon City Memorial Circle.
“Everything turned out well; a lot of people attended the shows,” said Cabangon, who also heads the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. “Seeing artists up close on the streets was a surprise for the people.”
The Pinoy Music Festival culminated in a free concert at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City. It gathered some of the country’s best acts: OPM president Ogie Alcasid, Dingdong Avanzado, Boboy Garovillo, Jim Paredes, Gary Valenciano, The CompanY, Christian Bautista, Yeng Constantino, Aicelle Santos, 6cyclemind, Thyro Alfaro, Yumi Lacsamana, Bayang Barrios, Cooky Chua, Moonstar88, Myke Salomon and Abra.Indie bands and performers, including The Slice, Autotelic and Farewell Fairweather, were given spots to introduce their works. The Halili-Cruz Dance Company performed, too.
The night’s highlights were the numbers of Wolfgang’s Basti Artadi and Lolita Carbon who veered away from their usual to perform mellow songs: the heavy-metal band front man regaled the crowd with “Natutulog ba ang Diyos”; the Asin lead vocalist, “With a Smile.” The show ended with everyone singing the late rapper Francis Magalona’s hit “Kaleidoscope World.”
The key to sustaining progress, Cabangon said, was continuity. “We’ll take a few weeks’ break and then try to think of new projects we can mount until next year’s Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino,” he said.
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