OPM continues to thrive in the 32nd Awit Awards

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2019   •   1029

OPM continues to thrive as the 32nd Awit Awards gives recognition to Filipino artists as well as the people behind making world-class Filipino music.

The Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) in partnership with Breakthrough & Milestones Productions Inc. (BMPI) will present the longest-running music awards on October 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the New Frontier Theater.

It will feature live performances of Juan Karlos, IV of Spades, Ice Seguerra, This Band, TNT Boys, Autotelic, Unique, Moira, Elmo Magalona and The Hardware Syndrome, Jayda, Janine Teñoso, Inigo Pascual, and Gary Valenciano.

Some of the 32nd Awit Awards Finalists include:

Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist

  1. Isabela Vinzon – Right Now (MCA Music)
  2. Jaya – Hanggang Dito Na Lang (Star Music)
  3. Sarah Geronimo – Isa Pang Araw (Viva Records)
  4. Janine Teñoso – Di Na Muli (Viva Records)
  5. Marion Aunor – Akala (Viva Records)
  6. Kiana Valenciano – Caught U (Warner Music)

Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist

  1. Juan Karlos – Buwan (MCA Music)
  2. Darren Espanto – Poison (MCA Music)
  3. Gary Valenciano – Ililigtas Ka Niya (Star Music)
  4. James Reid – Right There (Viva Records/Careless Music)
  5. Mark Carpio – Ako Na Lang Sana (Warner Music)

Best Collaboration

  1. Mikee Misalucha & Joe Ramos – For The World (GMA Music)
  2. Erik Santos & Regine Velasquez-Alcasid – Pagbigyang Muli (Star Music)
  3. Moira dela Torre feat. Iñigo Pascual – Langit Lupa (Star Music)
  4. Julie Anne San Jose feat. Fern – Down For Me (Universal Records)
  5. Moira dela Torre & Nieman – Knots (Warner Music)
  6. Blue Jean Junkies & Julz Savard – Blue (Warner Music)

Best Performance by a Group Recording Artist

  1. StickFiggas – Ubasan (MCA Music)
  2. CRIB – Ibang Araw Na Lang (MCA Music)
  3. BRWN – So Good (MCA Music)
  4. TNT Boys – Sitsiritsit (Star Music)
  5. This Band – Kahit Ayaw Mo Na (Viva Records)

Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist

  1. Leila Alcasid – Completely In Love (Star Music)
  2. Jayda – Happy For You (Star Music)
  3. Maris Racal – Love Is Easy (Star Music)
  4. Shane Dandan – Nag-iisa (Viva Records)
  5. Elise Huang – Coffee (Warner Music)

Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist

  1. Chan Millanes – Tuldok (Polyeast Records)
  2. Juan Miguel Severo – Walls (Polyeast Records)
  3. Just Hush – Maikee’s Letters (Viva Records)
  4. Unique – Sino (Viva Records/OC Records)
  5. Ethan Loukas – Para Sa Akin (Warner Music)

Best Performance by a New Group Recording Artist

  1. BRWN – So Good (MCA Music)
  2. Quacid – Pagkagising Ko (Star Music)
  3. TNT Boys – Sitsiritsit (Star Music)
  4. This Band – Kahit Ayaw Mo Na (Viva Records)
  5. Bopek – HNNP (Warner Music)

There are also finalists in Creativity Category, Technical Achievement Category, as well as, Album Packaging Excellence & Music Video Category.

BMPI’s The Wishfuls, Rhea Basco, Bradz and Plethora will be presenters during the awards night.

The 32nd Awit Awards will have a delayed telecast on UNTV News and Rescue Channel on the same day at 9:00 p.m.—AAC

A travel tour without leaving the comforts of home? Trip ko ‘to!

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 28, 2019

A breathtaking view of Mount Pinatubo’s summit crater lake.

It can be tiring to look at your social feed filled with vacation photos and all you can say is, ‘sana all’. It is more tiring if the only travel you’re experiencing is going to the office and being stuck in traffic.

What you need is a vacation.

But if you are a couch potato, Trip Ko ‘To travel show can inspire you to jump off your seat and start planning your dream vacation.

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If you want to travel but don’t know where to start, Trip Ko To will teach you to Go Places Smartly (GPS) through its wide range of topics:

•           Day Tour – stroll places in just a day from sun rise to sun down

•           Accommodation Hop- compare hotels and inn rates according to amenities and ambiance of your choice.

•           City Guide – wandering the urban places and meeting its localities as well as trying their best foods on a very affordable cost

•           Do It Yourself – tips on travelling your own choice of places with your own itinerary

•           Extreme Activities – provide lists of activities that surely trigger an adrenaline rush to your veins

•           Beached – tour around the finest beaches around the chosen destinations.

•           Business Travels- the corporate but relaxing ambiance for the most busy people

•           Food Trip – everybody loves foodies will surely fired-up after seeing delicacies lauded by the natives

Starting this December 1, 2019, join us every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on UNTV as we fly, drive, and cross the seas! Go Places Smartly at Trip Ko ‘To!—AAC

PHLPost launches Pinoy Music Icons Stamps

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 19, 2019

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has launched the “Pinoy Music Icons stamps” on November 15 at the historic lobby of the Manila Central Post Office.

The “Pinoy Music Icons stamps” proudly honors the iconic OPM Artists Rene Garcia, Rico J. Puno, and Pepe Smith.

This is in celebration of the 252nd Anniversary of the Philippine Postal Service and the 25th year of National Stamp Collecting Month (NSCM).

The Manila Central Post Office (MCPO) has opened its lobby for a special exhibition of the Icons’ memorabilia from November 16 to 22.

OPM Artists Rene Garcia, Rico J. Puno, and Pepe Smith, according to PHLPost had paved the way for the further enhancement of Original Pilipino Music.—AAC

Who knew that Willem Dafoe was at the 1986 EDSA Revolution?

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 10, 2019

Before trying to take down Spiderman as the Green Goblin, Hollywood actor Willem Dafoe was at the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the actor recalled how he marched with thousands of Filipino people who wanted then President Ferdinand Marcos to step down from his office.

Dafoe flew to Manila to work on the film Platoon, for which he was nominated best supporting actor.

“I arrived in the Philippines and my plane was the last plane in because there was a revolution. ‘Sit tight, the movie’s canceled, we’ll get you out when we can.’ So for about three or four days, me and a couple of other people that were there ahead of time were out on the streets with the people.

After the revolution, the movie resumed production and Dafoe, along with the other casts and film crew, returned to the country to shoot the movie.

“It was an incredible feeling because it was a revolution that happened for the most part without violence,” he said.—AAC

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