Philippines has various types of music but none as popular as the Original Pinoy (Filipino) Music (OPM). Originally, OPM is known to be pop songs in a ballad form popularized by great singers like Jose Mari Chan, Apo Hiking Society, Ryan Cayabyab, Ms. Pilita Corales, Freddie Aguilar and Rey Valera. Here are some songs popularized by Ryan Cayabyab and Rey Valera:
Ryan Cayabyab’s Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika (Our Music is Beautiful)
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Rey Valera’s Medley of Songs
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As OPM progressed, Philippines produced more great balladeers that were idolized by Filipinos. Most notably is Ms. Regine Velasquez who is known as Asia’s song bird. Recently, Charice Pempengco at a very young age of 17 became an international singing sensation.
Regine singing her trademark song “Dadalhin” (literal translation: Will Bring)
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Charice’s Always You from her Philippine Album
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OPM songs will not be completed without the novelty songs. I would define these type of songs as somewhat silly but they are very popular due to their mass appeal.
The Philippines king of novelty song was Yoyoy Villame (RIP). Mag-exercise tayo (Let’s Exercise) was one of his famous songs and used by some schools to be the song for their early morning exercise after the flag ceremony. Here are two adorable cuties dancing in Yoyoy’s song.
In recent years, Lito Camo has become the most famous novelty song writer producing lyrics for comedians such as Bayani Agbayani and the Sex Bomb Dancers. The following songs have found successes in Philippines’ music industry.
Bayani’s Otso Otso (literal translation: Eight Eight)
Lito Camo’s Kung Ikaw (literal translation: If You Are)
Sex Bomb Dancers Spaghetti Song (The song is engaging you to dance)
Novelty literally means one of a kind. And I think these songs are truly special on their own. They can definitely make you groove and laugh at the same time. Filipinos like to laugh and putting laughter into words make an epic music :-)