Rediscovering Original Pilipino Music (OPM)

Alongside watching a tad bit too much of Filipino television, I’ve been rediscovering the world of OPM. Filipinos are notoriously known for their love of music and karaoke – a true Filipino household has at least one karaoke machine, true story.

In my junior and high school years, I was slightly obsessed with Filipino music. The likes of Jolina Magdangal, Rachelle Ann Go, and Regine Velasquez really tickled my earbuds. Not to mention the artists I grew up to as a child like Gary Valenciano, Sharon Cuneta, and APO Hiking Society. My parents enjoyed going to concerts when I was younger, so as a result I was exposed to the world of OPM.

It’s amazing how much music as evolved over generations. Some can argue it’s hard to find some genuinely great music, and I agree to a certain degree. Timeless music is certainly hard to find nowadays, but that doesn’t take credit away from the music that have continued to dominate the sound waves. We’ve all got to admit there’s that one song that no matter how much it annoys you, it gets stuck in your head. Mission accomplished.

As I’ve delved back into the world of OPM, I’ve been continually impressed by the growth and the direction its taken. The songs I grew up to had what I would classify as every day Tagalog – easy enough for the likes of me to understand. However, a lot of the new songs I’ve been listening to provide a bit of a challenge for me. Lyricists have taken OPM to a whole new level, and thankfully as a result is helping expand my Tagalog vocabulary. Not just food for the soul but for the mind. Well done, OPM.

Mabuhay ang OPM! Support OPM.

Here are some of my old and current faves, enjoy!


Till next time.


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