11 upcoming OPM artists to look out for
Jovan Cerda (The Philippine Star) - November 23, 2012 - 11:34am


In a time when some people have already declared the death of Original Pilipino Music, Philstar comes across 11 undiscovered talents who breathe youth and vitality into the local music scene.

Fresh from Dumaguete City, these guys and girls were chosen by no less than Ryan Cayabyab, Jungee Marcelo, Gabby Alipe (Urbandub) and Ebe Dancel (Sugarfree) from a pool of 60 musicians who joined the recently concluded Elements: National Singing-Songwriting Camp.

We present to you the future of OPM:



Janine Liao, 26
Genre: Pop jazz, rhythm and blues, soul
OPM inspiration: Gary Valenciano, Jay Durias, Jaya
I love music because I'm able to expess myself without limits, and then I am able to communicate thoughts and feelings to others without barriers. It's one of the greatest gifts in life.
Keiko Necesario, 21
Genre: Acoustic
OPM inspiration: Aiza Seguerra, Ebe Dancel
I love music because I can really express myself through it and I love it because it's my only boyfriend!
Jan Aldrin Belisario, 26
Genre: Alternative
OPM inspiration: Gary Granada, Joey Ayala, Noel Cabangon, Ryan Cayabyab, Ebe Dancel
I love music because I grew up watching my father (a folk singer) write, sing and play music. Whenever he was singing and playing the guitar, I felt like he was in another place away from the miseries of life. I did not understand it before, but I do now. That 'state of being' is the reason why I love music.
Toto Sorioso, 34
Genre: Folk, acoustic, rock
OPM inspiration: Eraserheads, South Border, True Faith
I love music because it inspires us to feel better and eventually moves us to do something positive.
Kai Honasan, 24
Genre: Pop
OPM inspiration: Barbie Almalbis, Julianne, Aia de Leon
I love music because music loves me! (I think.)
Primy Cane, 25
Genre: Blues
OPM inspiration: Lea Salonga
I love music because it's cathartic, especially writing music. When I am troubled, stressed or feeling down, I sing. I write. I am a reporter and a news anchor and music is my alter ego, my escape, my solace.
Gospelaire Abarquez, 24
Genre: Rock, Soul
OPM inspiration: Joey Ayala, Aiza Seguerra, Gary Valenciano
I love music because music is powerful, really powerful.
Paula Rose Alcasid, 20
Genre: Indie, alternative pop
OPM inspiration: Donna Cruz, Regine Velasquez, Pretty in Pink, Eraserheads
I love music because I am able to express diverse ideas, stories and feelings in a melody that depicts my emotion.
Dejaun Lamar, 21
Genre: "Evolving"
I love music because I have the privilege of taking people into a different world and touching their different emotions. All I want to do is inspire people through music the same way Elements has inspired me.
Catcho Ferrero, 35
Genre: Ballad, pop, rhythm and blues, jazz
I love music because it's who I am.
Ian Acosta, 26
Genre: Blues, jazz, soul
I love music because you are able to communicate ideas and things through music that language cannot.

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