The best of OPM in #LoveThrow­back at the PICC

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Turn back the clock and lis­ten to some of the best OPM love songs in a con­cert head­lined by eight hit­mak­ers at the PICC Ple­nary Hall on Feb. 13, 8:30 p.m. Dubbed as #LoveThrow­back, the show brings to­gether Rico J. Puno, Marco Si­son, Ray­mond Lauchengco, Gino Padilla, Chad Borja, Wency Cornejo, Roselle Nava and Nina.

#LoveThrow­back does not only go down mem­ory lane through mu­sic but also lets you re­call ev­ery sig­nifi - cant mo­ment of your love life. There’s def­i­nitely a song, which you can re­late to, a song which could even be the sound­track of your love story.

Lead­ing the all-star cast in the con­cert is Rico, whose smash hits are

Ka­palaran, Buhat and Ma­cho Gwapito, among oth­ers. He is also known as the singer who started the trend of in­cor­po­rat­ing Ta­ga­log lyrics in English songs like his ren­di­tion of The Way We

Were, which was orig­i­nally per­formed by Bar­bra Streisand.

One of Rico’s con­tem­po­raries is Marco. If Rico was no­ticed then by record pro­duc­ers as a per­former in

folk houses and lounges, Marco got his ca­reer break af­ter win­ning a singing con­test on GMA 7’s noon­time va­ri­ety show Stu­dent

Can­teen in the late ‘70s. His songs like My

Love Will See You Through, Make Be­lieve and I’ll Face To­mor­row lorded over the air­waves mak­ing him one of the lo­cal singers to have cap­tured the true vo­cal essence of OPM.

Dur­ing the ‘80s, one of the hottest teen idols was Ray­mond. Af­ter his stints in mu­si­cal the­ater, he joined main­stream show busi­ness and got his big­gest break as one of the lead stars in the film Bagets. As a singer­ac­tor, some of Ray­mond’s hits are Saan

Darat­ing Ang Umaga, So It’s You, Farewell and I Need You Back.

An­other ‘80s mu­sic icon is Gino. He is the singer be­hind hits like Gusto Kita, Let The Love Be­gin, I Be­lieve In You and Closer You and I, which won as Song of The Year in Awit Awards. Gino is also known as the artist who starred in a world­wide ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign of a soft­drink brand along­side singing su­per­star Tina Turner.

The ‘90s mu­sic scene was dom­i­nated by bands. And one of the most re­mark­able vo­cal­ists then is Wency of Af­ter­Im­age. His dis­tinct voice gave birth to hits like Ha­bang May Buhay, Man­garap Ka, Next In Line and Hang­gang, which reaped three ma­jor tro­phies in Awit Awards.

Band mu­sic dom­i­nated the live en­ter­tain­ment scene in the ‘90s but a song called

Ikaw Lang per­formed by Chad was able to pass through the eye of the nee­dle. He be­came one of the most in-de­mand bal­ladeers and was also a fa­vorite duet part­ner of fe­male singers. His al­bum Show Me The Way churned out hits like Sum­mer With­out You and Kung Ako Lang Sana. Chad’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ja­panese pi­anist and com­poser Yu­taka Yokokura in the song Yakap also be­came a hit.

The late ‘90s to­wards the early part of 2000 wit­nessed a new set of hit­mak­ers. And one of them is Roselle, who started her ca­reer as part of the youth-ori­ented show

AngTV on ABS-CBN. Roselle’s ca­reer as a singer pro­pelled af­ter the suc­cess of her sin­gle ti­tled Bakit Nga Ba Ma­hal Kita and Dahil Ma­hal Na Ma­hal Kita, both used as movie sound­tracks. Her ren­di­tion of You, orig­i­nally per­formed by Basil Valdez and com­posed by Gerry Paraiso, gave her the Best Per­for­mance by a Fe­male Record­ing Artist in Awit Awards. Round­ing up the line- up in # LoveThrow­back is Nina, tagged as OPM’s Soul Siren. With 10 Awit Awards and the recog­ni­tion as the first- ever fe­male OPM singer with a Di­a­mond Record Award, Nina de­serves to be called as one of lo­cal mu­sic’s trea­sures. Her al­bum ti­tled Nina Live! be­came the bench­mark in acous­tic record­ing. Her hits in­clude Some­day and her cover of Love Moves In Mys­te­ri­ous Ways, Jeal­ous and Through The Fire.

The pow­er­house cast in #LoveThrow­back guar­an­tees the au­di­ence to give them a on­cein-a-life­time Valen­tine’s Day cel­e­bra­tion.

Tick­ets are avail­able at SM Tick­ets (4722222), Tick­etnet (911-5555) and Tick­et­world (891-9999). You can use your BDO debit/credit card to pur­chase tick­ets and get a 15-per­cent dis­count. For de­tails and spon­sor­ships, call Royale Chimes Con­certs and Events, Inc. at 09184972121 or 0906-4180786.

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