Ayala Triangle Gardens becomes everyman's stage for the best of Filipino music
At the first Pinoy Music Festival staged at Ayala Triangle Gardens last September 5, Filipino music was powerful, its rhythm pulsating and diverse. The new breed of performers— Abra, Daniel Padilla, Lara Maigue, and Tippy Dos Santos—shared a stage with OPM greats Bituin Escalante, Bob Aves, Joy Viado, Bernardo Bernardo, Frenchie Dy, Ogie Alcasid, Pepe Smith, Skarlet, 70's Superband, Noel Cabangon, and OPM Hitmen's Richard Reynoso, Rannie Raymundo, Chad Borja, and Renz Verano. Pop rock acts Callalily, Imago, and Sandwich pumped up the usually reserved Pinoy concertgoer. Young ensembles Philippine Opera Company, Triple Fret, Baihana, AMP Big Band, and Koro Ilustrado gave a contemporary, upbeat take on classical and jazz music. Electronic music was also represented at the showcase of Filipino musical ingenuity: DJs Raphael Carbonell, Jacy Sim, Joyen Santos, DJ Justin de Guzman, Uela Basco, DJ John Sedano, DJ Kidwolf, Bea Valera, Kio Priest, Nica del Rosario, DJ Khai Lim, DJ Papi, and DJ trio Mark Nicosia, Mia Ayesa, and Regina Reinoso (collectively known as Those Damn Nerds), set the mood and kept the party going. While gated and guarded, Pinoy Music Festival still drew a throng of music lovers outside. Locals and foreigners from all walks of life gathered amid landscape greenery in the central business district, some with an instilled appreciation of OPM, some renewed.