Showdown in OPM Collabs

from left: Ogie Alcasid, Lara Maigue, Davey Langit and Christian Bautista. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ogie Alcasid, Lara Maigue, Davey Langit and Christian Bautista. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

Who could imagine Basti Artadi of Wolfgang could ever have a duet with premiere balladeer Christian Bautista? The result is one of the most applauded duets: Artadi gave a very soulful touch to Christian’s hit I’M ALREADY KING. Basti later on dedicated his own version of PUTING ILAW to original vocalist, Karl Roy who passed away 3 years ago.

Basti Artadi; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Basti Artadi; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Thousands of attendees enjoyed a combination of new and established talents in PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions-the first 12 hour OPM Music festival at the BONIFACIO High Street Amphitheater last March 14, 2015.

Crowd shoots w tablets. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Crowd shoots w tablets. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The concert was one of many free events in the posh venue. A corner away at the same time was a celebration of the 118th Anniversary of the Phil Army. Civilians got to try on special gear by specialized units and even got to ride on an Armored Personnel Carrier.

Christian Bautista; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Christian Bautista; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Organized by the Organisayong Ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) the fest featured very unique collaborations: Lolita Carbon sang SELFIE from hit maker Davey Langit, Ding Dong Avanzado sang BASTA’T KASAMA KITA with Casper Blancaflor, Noel Cabangon and Lara Maigue had a rousing MR SWAVE, Ebe Dancel & Kai Honasan performed LAKAMBINI (from the Musical Rock Supremo), while rapper Quest was featured in Ogie Alcasid’s NANDITO AKO.

OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

OPM VP Noel Cabangon said the event could not have happened without their partner, “For Bactidol nakahanap kami ng collaborative idea. Bactidol is for sore throat, singing is used with vocal chord. So if you want to have a good voice, if you want to maintain a better condition of your vocal chords you can gargle with Bactidol. I think it’s a good collaboration for the throat and singing. Ganoon lang ka simple at kami singers.”

Lara Maigue  & Noel Cabangon. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lara Maigue & Noel Cabangon. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The concept of having a showdown was to entertain audiences better offering something different from the usual concert fare. Noel goes on, “We already had our first collaboration last September 5. This is an offshoot of that one in Ayala. We had a Pinoy Music Festival the very first one and then merong idea ng collaboration but it’s not like the collaboration we’re going to do now. Mas daring ito e. Doon siya nagsimula last year. But of course Musical Director Nikko Rivera came up with the idea na why not parang showdown.”

Tippy Dos Santos serenades shoppers on Bonifacio High Street. Photo from Official OPM facebook page. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

Tippy Dos Santos serenades shoppers on Bonifacio High Street. Photo from Official OPM facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/PinoySingers PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

Kicking things off in a satellite venue just corner away from the BONIFACIO High Street Amphitheater, was where the OPM Collab Sessions also featured young musicians: Aicelle Santos, Tippy Dos Santos, Aia De Leon, Young JV, Nino Alejandro, DJ Papi, Froilan Canlas, Cucay Pagdilao and Mei Cruz.

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

The next similar upcoming event that fans have been looking out for is the LINGGO NG MUSIKANG PILIPINO from July 24-31, 2015. The date is one week before LINGGO NG WIKA. It’s a nationwide weeklong event celebrating Filipino music to be launched during PHILPOP Grand finals.

from left: Ebe Dancel, Lara Maigue & Davey Langit. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ebe Dancel, Lara Maigue & Davey Langit. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PHILPOP is the premiere songwriting competition in the Philippines with a top prize of 1 million pesos and attracting thousands of entries. PHILPOP Grand finals will be held at the MERALCO Theater for the 3rd consecutive year. PHILPOP is the perfect launching pad to create awareness for a nationwide event such as LINGGO NG MUSIKANG PILIPINO.

Casper Blancaflor & Ding Dong Avanzado. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Casper Blancaflor & Ding Dong Avanzado. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cabangon also talked about the importance of creating events specifically for new songs / artists. “We really have to give a lot of venue for new creations to be heard. I think that has to be given priority. If we really want to move OPM further we need to have venues to showcase new works. At the same time popularize it. Para umabot sa mga tao. Kahit ako I make revival songs I cannot do that forever. I have to continue doing my own stuff and go back to writing my own music.”

OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

OPM President Ogie Alcasid adds, “If we really want to move OPM forward there has to be more events like these where people can listen to them live. Iba kasi yung na kikita nila yung artist in person. I do have a lot of activities on TV and concerts and so on. But being able to write my own songs is important not only for me as an artist but also for the music industry, for everyone. Pinoy music has to evolve and grow.”

Ebe Dancel & Kai Honasan; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ebe Dancel & Kai Honasan; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sponsors include: Bactidol, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Gold’s Gym, Local Government Unit of Quezon City, Radio Republic, Local Vocal, And&, Magic 89.9, Phil Star, Pinoy News Today, juice.ph, Max’s, McDonalds, Maynilad, RYU Ramen, Eagle Broadcasting Network, NYXSYS Phils, PhilPOP.

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

from left: Basti Artadi and Christian Bautista. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Basti Artadi and Christian Bautista. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sandwich from left: Mong Alcaraz and Raimund Marasigan performed KAGULO from latest album DEBRIS. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sandwich from left: Mong Alcaraz and Raimund Marasigan performed KAGULO from latest album DEBRIS. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Lara Maigue with Concert and Film/TV director GB Sampedro. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lara Maigue with Concert and Film/TV director GB Sampedro. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Ding dong Avanzado, Casper Blancaflor, Noel Cabangon, Ebe Dancel, Ogie Alcasid, Lara Maigue, Davey Langit and Christian Bautista. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ding dong Avanzado, Casper Blancaflor, Noel Cabangon, Ebe Dancel, Ogie Alcasid, Lara Maigue, Davey Langit and Christian Bautista. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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2nd from left OPM Pres. Ogie poses w Sandwich from left: Diego Castillo, Mike Dizon, Raimund Marasigan and bottom Mong Alcaraz. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd from left OPM Pres. Ogie poses w Sandwich from left: Diego Castillo, Mike Dizon, Raimund Marasigan and bottom Mong Alcaraz. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: OPM VP Noel Cabangon shoots USIE w Christian Bautista, Ding Dong Avanzado and OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: OPM VP Noel Cabangon shoots USIE w Christian Bautista, Ding Dong Avanzado and OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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