An OPM gem

Perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise to me, but I made a delightful discovery this week: Filipino music is beloved all over the world, if these videos are any indication. From school choirs to budding Youtube stars to karaoke singers, many non-Pinoys are performing gems of OPM (“Original Pinoy Music”), old and new. I'm getting … Continue reading An OPM gem

Harana

Uso pa ba ang harana? (Are serenades still in style?) So goes a Filipino ballad, popular over twenty years ago. I first heard it at university. I remember we were all sitting cross-legged on the floor in the corridor, and two friends of mine started singing and playing that song on their guitars. They were not … Continue reading Harana