Last night, I had the chance to watch an Original Pilipino Music (OPM) concert at the beautiful and well-manicured Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati. It was sponsored by Avida Land, a company belonging to the Ayala Group. Outstanding Pinoy performers and bands in the likes of Arnee Hidalgo, Sitti, True Faith, 6CycleMind, 143, Jim Paredes and a lot more graced the stage and performed Pilipino originals to the delight of the big crowd.
Indeed, Filipino music has gone quite far. Thanks to these people who continue to promote OPM in the country despite the tough competition against foreign music brands (hello K-Pop and Western tunes). But there is still so much to do to ensure OPM is passed from one generation of Pinoys to the next. I can only think of the power of the internet to ensure we keep the flame of our love for OPM alive.
Aside from sharing OPM music videos on social networking sites, we could also blog about OPM and how rich and fun it is. Or even conduct a webinar on OPM through the use of a MegaMeeting Webinar Software. People go online and it’s starting to be a way of life for most of us. If we showcase OPM online, more people can see it. More people can be aware that it exists. Strong online presence is a great way to promote OPM in this country and in the world.
This is just my two cents’ worth on the topic.