Ayala Tri­an­gle Gar­dens be­comes ev­ery­man's stage for the best of Filipino mu­sic

Makati Leads - - Scene And Overheard -

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.

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