MUSIC LYF: Three emerging Filipino artists lead Singapore concert

THREE emerging Filipino artists—a singer-composer, a boy band, and an acoustic princess—were chosen to lead one of the biggest Filipino independence day celebrations in the island state of Singapore this June. 

The sentimental prince of Philippine music Myrus, foremost Filipino boy band 1:43, and acoustic artist Princess Velasco will be performing their latest hits, as well as covers of popular Original Pilipino Music (OPM), in a rare musical festival titled “Philippines: One World Concert 2012” on June 10 at The Coliseum of the posh Hard Rock Hotel in Resorts World, Singapore.

“Our three banner talents namely Myrus, 1:43 and Princess Velasco represent the next wave of global Filipino artists. Their songs showcase how comparable OPM is to the music of the world,” says Singaporean director Jaden Zanders of Jaz-E Entertainment, the concert organizer.

The concert aims to attract the three artists’ growing fan base in Singapore—including the OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers) population—and in the rest of Southeast Asia.

“We expect a lot of Singaporeans to watch the show. We heard that there are even Malaysian and Indonesian fans that are flying here and buying tickets just to see them,” adds Zanders.

Gold Record singer-composer Myrus recently released his second all-original album titled “Wanted” under Viva Records featuring his radio and YouTube hit “Pusong Lito.” He is an Awit Awards nominee for Best New Male Recording Artist in 2010, an ASAP 24K Awardee in 2009, and the head of an OPM advocacy program called “Tunog Natin.”

Myrus’ latest single “Pusong Lito” has gained a great deal of following online; it also became No. 1 in many radio stations in Greater Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Lucena, Cagayan de Oro, and Cotabato. The song’s rising popularity was aided by its initial release in over 450 Mang Inasal stores, as part of the Mang Inasal Mang Aawit Music Advocacy Campaign.

The OPM pop heartthrobs of 1:43, composed of Anjo Resurreccion, Gold Aquino, Kim Nicolas, and Yuki Sakamoto, have delivered the biggest love song of the season with their radio and YouTube monster hit song “Sa Isang Sulyap Mo.” The song is also a part of the Mang Inasal Mang Aawit Music Advocacy Campaign and was composed by Myrus.

“Sa Isang Sulyap Mo,” one of the soundtracks of the top-rating Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Teen Edition 4 in ABS-CBN, has been topping the charts of most radio stations nationwide as well as in the Pinoy Myx Countdown. Its official music video and its reposts as well as lyrics videos have garnered over five million Youtube views so far. Likewise, it is one of the best-selling OPM songs online today according to  

Meanwhile, Vicor Music’s Princess Velasco is one of the most brilliant acoustic artists today. With gold record albums under her name, she is a regular member of the group “Sessionistas” in the Sunday variety show ASAP in ABS-CBN.

Filipino fans are encouraged to support these three emerging, acclaimed Filipino artists as they showcase OPM to Asia and the world, in a concert that celebrates the Filipinos’ fervor for freedom and Filipino musical artistry. 

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