A mu­si­cal life

Business World - - ARTS & LEISURE - B. Chua

ONE of the most prom­i­nent hit­mak­ers since the start of his ca­reer in the 1990s un­til to­day, Her­minio Jose “Ogie” Al­casid, Jr. will be back on­stage to sing about the Sound­track of His Life, a Nov. 3 con­cert at the New­port Per­form­ing Arts The­ater in Re­sorts World Manila (RWM).

“A huge chunk of my life is mu­sic,” he said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on Oct. 2 at RWM’s Pas­sion Restau­rant, be­fore adding that the con­cert will be about his mu­si­cal jour­ney — from the songs that in­flu­enced him, to the songs he cre­ated through the years, and, of course, the songs he wrote for his wife and fel­low singing star, Regine Ve­lasquez-Al­casid.

“The sound­track of my life is my fam­ily,” he said.

Mr. Al­casid started out in 1985 as a mem­ber of the tal­ent in­cu­ba­tor that was the all-male high school glee club of La Salle Green­hills, the Kundi­rana (other fa­mous per­form­ers it hatched in­clude Gary Va­len­ciano, Randy San­ti­ago, Louie Ocampo, Carlo Orosa, Juan Miguel Sal­vador, Monet Sil­vestre, Ran­nie Ray­mundo, Ding­dong Avan­zado, Ding­dong Eduque, Mon­tet Acoymo, Vince Alaras, Von de Guz­man and Gian Mag­dan­gal of Philip­pine Idol, Mel Vil­lena, and Mon Faustino). Four years later he suc­cess­fully turned pro, re­leas­ing a self­ti­tled al­bum which reached gold cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. His de­but sin­gle, “Nan­dito Ako,” was named Song of the Year by the pop­u­lar ra­dio sta­tion Magic 89.9.

He was cer­tainly no one-hit­won­der. “Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang,” which was re­leased in 2001, gar­nered sev­eral Awit Awards in­clud­ing Best Per­for­mance by a Male Record­ing Artist and Best Movie/ TV/ Stage Theme Song ( it was one of the theme songs of the film Pan­gako... Ikaw Lang star­ring Aga Muh­lach and Ms. Ve­lasquez).

Among his other no­table hits are “Kailan­gan Ko’y Ikaw,” which won the 2001 Star Awards Best Movie Theme Song of the Year, the 2001 FAMAS Best Movie Theme Song of the Year, Awit Awards Song of the Year, and Best Bal­lad Record­ing; and “Kung Mawawala Ka,” which was awarded the 2000 Awit Awards Best Bal­lad Record­ing and Song of the Year. In all, he has been given more than 70 awards and ci­ta­tions for his work.

Through­out his ca­reer, he has re­leased more than 20 al­bums, with 12 reach­ing gold, five plat­inum, and three dou­ble-plat­inum.

His string of hits gar­nered him the mon­icker, “The Singer/Song­writer” — it was re­vealed dur­ing the press con­fer­ence that he dreams of some­day be­ing in the same league as Ge­orge Canseco and Ryan Cayabyab.

Aside from be­ing a singer/ song­writer, Mr. Al­casid has also had an ex­ten­sive TV and movie ca­reer, which of­ten takes ad­van­tage of his comic tal­ents — he was, for ex­am­ple, an orig­i­nal mem­ber of the long- run­ning comic skit show Bub­ble Gang on GMA.

For his up­com­ing con­cert, Mr. Al­casid said that while the songs are ro­man­tic — he is known for his tongue- in- cheek and hearton-his-sleeve ap­proach to song­writ­ing — there will, nat­u­rally, also be com­edy.

He will be ac­com­pa­nied by the Manila Phil­har­monic Orches­tra un­der the ba­ton of Rodel Col­me­nar — Ms. Ve­lasquez will make an ap­pear­ance on the show.

The con­cert will be di­rected by Rox­anne La­pus, a long- time col­lab­o­ra­tor of Mr. Al­casid.

“I’m ex­cited over be­ing ac­com­pa­nied by an orches­tra [ be­cause] it blends well with the kind of mu­sic I write,” he said. — Zsar­lene

Mr. Al­casid’s Sound­track of My Life will be on Nov. 30, 8 p.m., at the New­port Per­form­ing Arts The­ater in Re­sorts World Manila. Tick­ets, which range in price be­tween P2,000 and P6,000, are avail­able at the RWM box of­fice and all Tick­etWorld out­lets ( www. tick­etworld. com. ph).

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