Collaborations take centerstage in Pinoy Playlist Music Festival 2019

Edwin P. Sallan

Posted at Oct 10 2019 07:55 PM | Updated as of Oct 11 2019 08:00 AM

From left to right: Kristine Millete, Executive Director of Sun Life Foundation; Karen Casas, Trustee of Sun Life Foundation; Alex Narciso, President of Sun Life Foundation; Benedict Sison, Chairman of Sun Life Foundation; Pinoy Playlist Music Festival curators Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Noel Ferrer, Maribel Garcia of Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc, and Moy Ortiz. Edwin P. Sallan

How would you like to see Bugoy Drilon share the same stage with Daryl Ong? Or the sultry Nicole Asensio heat up with the 201 Big Band and special guest Gian Magdangal? Or indie pop singer-songwriter Clara Benin join forces with her father Joey Benin, best known for his stint with Side A?

These are just a few of the unlikely pairings that you will see in this year’s edition of the Pinoy Playlist Music Festival (PPMF) that will take place on October 11, 12, 13 and 18, 19 and 20. 

Over 100 artists will take centerstage during these six nights in the three performance spaces at the BGC Arts Center namely the Globe Auditorium, the Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall and the Sun Life Amphitheater. 

While attendees are expected to watch their favorite Filipino artists, they are also encouraged to discover other artists and genres from pop, orchestra, acapella, jazz, praise, choral, ethno pop, rock, R&B, musical theatre, novelty, rap and many more as they hop from venue to venue. 

A brainchild of Moy Ortiz of The Company, the PPMF was jointly conceived as a festival of Filipino-made music with National Artist for Music and Ramon Magsaysay awardee Ryan Cayabyab and talent manager Noel Ferrer. 

Ortiz, Cayabyab and Ferrer also serve as the curators of the festival which is managed over-all by the Bonifacio Art Foundation headed by its Managing Director, Maria Isabel Garcia. 

What’s new with the festival this year is the collaborations. Garcia said “at least 30 percent of the performances are collaborations or shared to nuance the texture of a musical slot according to the artists who will collaborate or share the slot.”

“We loved working up ideas and inviting artists for PPMF because we believe in the power of music to awaken our senses. There is so much innovation going on in Filipino music-making and you just have to hear them. We also had so much fun last year and we wanted to do it again this year and this time, with a twist,” Cayabyab added in reference to the collaborations.

Also scheduled to perform at the PPMF this year are Martin Nievera with Louie Ocampo, Rannie Raymundo with Simcha, Acapellago, Bullet Dumas, Gerphil Flores, Abby Clutario, True Faith, Itchyworms, Noel Cabangon, Kris Lawrence, Joe & Mike Chan, Jim Paredes and Boboy Garrovillo of the Apo Hiking Society, Joanna Ampil, The Company, Thyro & Yumi, Bayang Barrios and Tim Pavino. 

Collaborations take centerstage in Pinoy Playlist Music Festival 2019

Collaborations take centerstage in Pinoy Playlist Music Festival 2019

Collaborations take centerstage in Pinoy Playlist Music Festival 2019

Collaborations take centerstage in Pinoy Playlist Music Festival 2019

Collaborations take centerstage in Pinoy Playlist Music Festival 2019

Collaborations take centerstage in Pinoy Playlist Music Festival 2019

Collaborations take centerstage in Pinoy Playlist Music Festival 2019

Collaborations take centerstage in Pinoy Playlist Music Festival 2019

Collaborations take centerstage in Pinoy Playlist Music Festival 2019

Collaborations take centerstage in Pinoy Playlist Music Festival 2019

Celebrated balladeer Basil Valdez will also be honored in the festival as the recipient of the 2019 Ryan Cayabyab Award for Musical Excellence in recognition of his contribution to Filipino music. 

“We owe artists the way we negotiate our everyday lives – not just joy and tragedy- but the larger and immeasurable in-betweens of our emotions. PPMF is animated by Filipino artists who give us those vital gifts to change the quality of our days and nights,” Garcia further noted. 

With regards to expectations, the organizers believe that this year’s PPMF as presented by the BGC Arts Center with Sun Life Foundation will have a very good turnout. 

“We believe in the Filipino audience—they will show up because Filipino-made music has always been there for us. We know that Filipino-made music awakens and inspires their souls because while music is universal, there is always a special place for Filipino-made music in the playlist of Filipino lives,” Garcia pointed out. 

“There is something about this alchemy - the melody, the harmony, the lyrics, the rhythm that resonates within our Pinoy souls, wherever we are, whatever our walk in life is and however we are tied to our nation. Dahil ito ay atin, sariling atin. Walang katulad, walang kapalit,” she concluded. 

Aside from watching the performances, guests can also shop for local art at the BGC Art Mart – a community art bazaar featuring homegrown artists. 

For more information and festival updates, visit www.bgcartscenter.org. 

Here are some highlights from last year’s Pinoy Playlist Music Festival:

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