Presented by the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino 2019 is proud to present what may possibly be its biggest and most diverse festival lineup yet. It will feature more than 70 music showcases spanning bar performances, concerts, railways jams, multimedia guestings, busking sessions, songwriting workshops, theatrical specials and out-of-town gigs.
The annual music festival aims to promote the awareness and appreciation of all forms of Filipino music through a variety of on-ground and online platforms starting July 20, 2019. It will happen in different music venues all over the Philippines from Metro Manila to Davao City.
A commitment to promote and develop Filipino music
“Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino has always shown consistency in terms of championing top-notch Filipino music,” OPM president Ogie Alcasid stated. “It’s inspiring to see the project evolve into a sustainable platform that helps local musicians to showcase their work to a diverse but receptive audience.”
The week-long celebration of Filipino music is part of the local government’s commitment to promote and develop the local music industry. This is in accordance with Proclamation No. 933, which declared the last week of July every year as Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino.
“We also have partners from both the government and private sector who support our vision for LMP,” Alcasid shared. “We hope to continue where we started off and hopefully build a viable music ecosystem that we can share with the rest of the world.”
Themed performances and curated shows
Expect another exciting milestone in Filipino music as LMP puts a spotlight on high-profile performances ranging from the reunion concert of ‘90s alternative rock icons Rizal Underground on July 2, 2019 at 70s Bistro to the highly anticipated restaging of “Rak of Aegis” Season 7 on July 27, 2019 at 8 p.m. and July 28, 2019 at 3 p.m. at the Philippine Educational Theater Association Theater in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Also, the annual observance dares to step up its curation with themed showcases featuring ‘90s music legends including Barbie Almalbis, Wency Cornejo, Dong Abay and Cooky Chua. There will bar shows all over the Metro and provinces, stripped-down sessions on several venues and pocket stages and open mics in various gig hubs.
The OPM is also collaborating with the Light Rail Manila Corporation for “Railway Jams,” a series of live sessions to entertain commuters who are waiting for their train rides. Numerous busking activities have already taken place this month and will continue for more months as part of the institutions’ collaborative efforts in giving local musicians a space to showcase their musical gifts.
Mall-goers are in for a treat as Powerplant Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall will be staging music shows to serenade guests with soothing music while they dine or shop. Some of the performers include Bea Lorenzo, Cookie Chua and The Manila String Machine.
A multi-platform celebration
The multi-platform celebration will also host the upcoming single, album, and music video launches of select OPM members on several intimate venues in Metro Manila. These include the highly anticipated EP release of PhilPop Grand Winner Chud Festejo.
To intensify the campaign, several local music acts will be guesting on TV, radio and online music platforms to perform their originals and covers for the entire month of July. Participating multimedia shows include ABS-CBN’s “ASAP Natin ‘To,” DZMM’s “Todo Todo Walang Preno,” Home Radio 97.9, WISH FM 107.5, Inq Pop, Inq Publications: Showbiz Live and EDGE TV.
All of the Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino 2019 activities were prepared in partnership with Light Rail Manila Corporation, Ikot MNL, PETA, Power Plant Mall, PhilPop and other digital, bars and other production partners. OPM board member Noel Cabangon noted, “The celebration is an assertion to inject in the consciousness of the Filipinos that we have our own treasure trove, local and regional, written in national and local languages, of songs that reflect our culture and that we Filipinos should have the consciousness to support it.”
“We are on our 5th year since the Presidential Proclamation 933 was signed in 2014,” Cabangon continued. “It is very young and it is a struggle but it is very important that we have this mandate from the government. At least, now we’re gaining grounds.”
“Hopefully, we’ll get more support in the years to come,” the OPM board member added. Check out the scheduled Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino 2019 performances below:
Meanwhile, Almalbis recently released her new EP titled “Tigre.” Here is a short interview with the singer-songwriter: