Saturday, June 30, 2012

APO Hiking Society, Part 3

Apo Hiking Society 10


Side A

O Giliw Ko
Nagmamahal Sayo
Batngbata Ka Pa
Heto Na

Side B

Bawa't Bata
Kabilugan Ng Buwan
Doo Bidoo


Apo Hiking Society


Side A
Magartista ka
Bakit Ba
Inaamin Ko

Side B

Pakinggan Mo
Tuyo Nang Damdamin
mahal Kita
Gabi Na Naman
Blue Jeans


Made in the Philippines


Side A
American Junk
After Tonight
You and I
Tuloy and Ikot ng Mundo

Side B
The Crazy One
Oh You
Song for a Friend
You're Leaving me for Someone

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The Best of Apo Hiking Society


Side A
Batang-bat Ka Pa
Tuyo Na'ng Damdamin

Side B
Pumapatak and Ulan
Mahirap Talagang Magmahal ng Siyota ng Iba
Kabilugan ng Buwan

DalawampunAPO Sila Live


Side A
Heto Na
Wala Na'ng Hahanapin Pa
True to my Music Medley

Side B
Lumang ZTugtugin
Hollow Guitar Suite
Mr. T 2

Side C
Pumapatak Classic
Di Na Natuto

Side D
Piece of Peace
Finale Medley

APO Tribute Albums

Just a few years after their hiatus, the tribute album Kami nAPO Muna!: The Music Of APO Hiking Society was released in honor of the group. The Filipino musical artists who did their own unique renditions of The APO classics includes: Imago, Orange and Lemons, Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sandwich, Sugarfree, Itchyworms, Sponge Cola, Boldstar, Sound, Drip, Rocksteddy, Top Suzara, Barbie Almalbis, Kitchie Nadal, Shamrock, and The Dawn. Their second volume, Kami nAPO muna Ulit has also included their new members in the compilation album are True Faith, Silent Sanctuary, Concrete Sam, Up Dharma Down, Chilitees, The Bloomfields, Scrambled Eggs, The Spaceflower Show, and Hilera.

2008-2009 Reunion

On 20 September 2008, Apo Hiking Society had a reunion concert called "Apo Of The Philippines" which was held at the Araneta Coliseum to celebrate their 39th Anniversary. They sang all of the APO Favorites and all songs from their past releases.

On February 7, 2009, The Apo has recently performing live in FTI Complex Open Air in Taguig. The free concert was sponsored in cooperation with the Taguig City hall. The said concert was free. Just before the Eraserheads Final Set Concert one month later.

Apo Hiking Society is back as the group marks its 40th anniversary with a big concert at SM North EDSA Skydome dubbed as "APO Kayang-Kaya Pa. The APO, which comprises Jim Paredes, Buboy Garrovillo and Danny Javier, is set to stage a reunion & anniversary concert November 17 (Originally scheduled on September 26 it was cancelled due to Typhoon "Ondoy").

"It's going be really special for us. It's our 40th year and a lot of people have not seen us for quite a while. So, this is the reason to be there," Paredes told ABS-CBN News.

"From the 1st year to the 40th year, walang nagbago sa APO . We always provide entertainment that you will remember for a long, long time. The formula is the same. We are an original group, with original concepts and original songs that will provide you the best entertainment ever," he added.

Garrovillo shared that the concert is also a celebration of their decades old friendship. Their songs will tell a story of how Apo started, according to him.

Javier, meantime, promised that the three of them will sing songs that are close to the hearts of their fans.

"APO Kayang-Kaya Pa" was produced by Viva Concerts & Events.

2010 Retirement

Last December 16, 2009, the APO Hiking Society announced that they are already retiring as a group due to "diminishing creative process." They performed a series of shows that started on February 14, 2010 and ended on May, just in time for the elections.[8] They also reunited for the last time to perform in the Inauguration of President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III last June 30, 2010.

APO Hiking Society, Part 2

Mga Kwento ng Apo

Side A
Syotang Pa-class
Huwag Masanay Sa Pagmamahal
Wala Nang Hahanapin Pa
Mahal Pa rin Kitas
Alipin Ng Mundo

Side B
Di Na Natuto
Awit ng Barkada
Magkikita Rin Tayo
Sa Bawat Umaga
Piece of Peace



Side A
Lof is for Singing
Tell Me Why
Mahirap Magmahal ng Syota ng Iba
A Song For You
We're Together

Side B
Evening Show
Show Me A Smile
Restless People
I keep Remembering
Those Were The Good Ole 'Days

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The Worst of Apo Hiking Society


Side A
Ligawan Medley
Group ans its Music

Side B
Friends in Music
American Junk
Mr. T Medley


History of APO

The Apo Hiking Society first gained recognition in 1973 when they gave a farewell concert at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Just out of college, the group was the talk of the Ateneo de Manila University and adjoining campuses for their music and humor.

It was only when two of its four members were about to retire from the field of amateur music, however, that the APO, then known as the Apolinario Mabini Hiking Society, finally had a city-wide audience. One of them was scheduled to leave for Turkey as an exchange student. The other had a position waiting for him in his father's advertising firm.

Why a talented young man of 21 would want to go to Turkey, every young man in the early 1970s would probably understand. But what the APO could not understand was their fourth member's decision to leave the irresponsibility of being unemployed to join the ranks of the corporate world.

The trip to Turkey did not materialize and the APO, now a tentative trio, pushed on steadily towards fame and fortune.

Looking back, the APO members Danny Javier, Boboy Garrovillo, and Jim Paredes do not regret never having been regular wage earners. Their farewell concert, which had SRO audiences for two stormy nights, not unexpectedly became a hit record the following year.


In the three decades since that "farewell" concert, the APO has made 22 record albums; hosted several television shows including their own noontime Sunday show "Sa Linggo nAPO Sila" and noontime show from Monday to Saturday "'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila"; and launched hugely successful major solo concerts and countless provincial, dinner, and corporate shows. They have performed in over 50 cities in the United States, in Canada, Singapore, Indonesia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Japan to bring Original Pilipino Music to Filipinos the world over.

In October 1987, during their annual US tour, the APO became the first Filipino pop artists with Marco Sison to perform at the Main Hall of New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall. They also performed at the equally prestigious Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada's music capital. Both concerts, as well as the other shows held during that particular concert tour, were sold out. The APO were also the first Filipino artists to perform in a public concert in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 1987, they were one of the first Filipino artists to be recorded on compact disc. And in 1994, they were awarded the first Dangal ng Musikang Pilipino by Awit Awards - the Filipino equivalent of the Grammy. They have also been conferred the Tanglaw Ng Lahi Award, the highest accolade given by Jesuits in the field of culture and arts.

The APO also earned international recognition for Jim Paredes' anthem on the bloodless Philippine revolution in 1986. "Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo" was recorded by 15 Filipino artists in April 1986. A few months later, the English version "A New and Better Way" was launched in Australia. In February 1987, the first anniversary of the Philippines' People Power revolution, the song was released in London, England. The lyrics of the song are embedded on a wall of Our Lady of Edsa Shrine, the center of the revolution.

In 1998, Legandary OPM group APO and defunct band The Eraserheads teamed up for their first "San Miguel Beer" TV commercial "Homeboys". The concept of reviving and modernizing their originals by rock/alternative bands in the 1990s paved the way to two tribute albums by various bands entitled Kami nAPO Muna in 2006 and Kami nAPO Muna Ulit in 2007.

In 2007, the group was awarded as "MYX Magna Award 2007" in the MYX Music Awards 2007 achieving the best of opm pop music and also has an achievements in music and recording in the OPM history.

Apo Hiking Society, Part 1

Feet On The Ground


Side A
Hitting the Big Time
Good Time
Oh My Love
Yes This Is The Night
Brothers Sisters mothers Fathers

Side B
A New Thing In My Life
I'm The Real Thing
Love Is Not Enough
Come To Me
Prisoner's Lament


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True To My Music


Side A
True to My Music
When I Met You
Kung may Problema
O Mahal Ko

Side B
Yakap Sa Dilim
Still Hung Upon You
Kumot at Unan
Dream of Me



Side A
Kung Sino-sin, Kung Saan-saan
Minsan sa Buhay
In My Heart

Side B
Getting Better
Ayoko Sana
Sasaya And Pilipinas

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Pagkatapos Ng Palabas


Side A
Pumapatak Ang Ulan
Hanggang May Pag-ibig
Lumang Tugtugin
O Bumalik Ka Sana

Side B
Pag-ibig Mong Kay Ganda
Bakit And Babae Sa Tagal Ng Pagsama Tila Mas Mahirap Maintindihan
Pagkatapos Ng Palabas

The Apolinario Mabini Hiking Society, later popularly known as Apo Hiking Society or, simply, Apo, was a Filipino musical group. The group had its fledgling beginnings in 1969 at the Ateneo de Manila high school, with thirteen members: Lito de Joya, Sonny Santiago, Gus Cosio, Renato Garcia, Chito Kintanar, Kenny Barton, Bruce Brown, Butch Dans, Kinjo Sawada, Ric Segreto, Goff Macaraeg, Doden Besa, Jim Paredes, and Boboy Garovillo. The group's name was created from the acronym AMHS representing their school with a witty twist having an irreverent reference to the paralytic Philippine revolutionary intellectual and hero, Apolinario Mabini, and later shortened to "Apo", an Ilocano term for a wise man or a Tagalog term of grandchildren, and later re-branded to "APO". (Contrary to popular belief, the "Apo" name was not a reference to the Philippine volcano, Mount Apo.)

As the students advanced into college, Danny Javier joined the group. After graduation, the majority of its members left to pursue individual careers, with only three members remaining, made up of Jim Paredes, Boboy Garovillo and Danny Javier.

In the span of their professional career, Apo emerged as a principal adherent of the musical movement termed Original Pilipino Music (a.k.a. OPM), a milieu in which their original musical contributions and cultural influence became essential. The Apo became involved in record production, talent management and organizing artists under the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (O.P.M., acronym translation: "Organization of Philippine Singers/musicians"). The group expanded its activities into establishing and furthering the careers of new OPM artists in the Philippines.

Thus far, Apo Hiking Society had released 27 albums in four decades of its career and continues to remain active. Two hugely successful tribute albums were produced in 2006 and 2007 by its management group, featuring numerous young bands freshly reinterpreting Apo's expansive repertoire.

The group frequently utilized their brand name, "Apo", as a clever component for Tagalog puns in titles for television shows, live programs and marketing materials (for example, as in nA PO, which transliterates as "already" (polite/formal usage), and also as apó (meaning, "grandchild"). The puns have been minimally extended into English, as in (APOcalyptic).

Ariel Rivera Self Title LP

Ariel Rivera


Side A
Sana Kahit Minsan
Kahit Sandali
Ako'y Maghihintay
This Crazy Game
Mahal Na Mahal Kita

Side B
Sa Aking Puso
Come Back To Me
Ayoko Na Sana
I'm So In Love

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Jose Ariel Jimenez Rivera (born September 1, 1966) is a Filipino recording artist and actor.

Rivera was born in Manila, Philippines but has since migrated with his family to Canada. Rivera was an architect in Canada before his singing talent was accidentally discovered while vacationing in the Philippines. He has since become a successful singer-songwriter, actor, and Aliw award-winning artist. He is dubbed as "Kilabot ng Kolehiyala," a title formerly bestowed upon Hajji Alejandro, a popular Filipino singer in the 1970s

In 1989, Musiko Entertainment signed Rivera to their label. His self-titled debut album was released after two years. The first single, "Sana Kahit Minsan" was a #1 pop-r&b crossover hit. The album went 3x platinum. In 1991, he quickly released his second album, Simple Lang. This album also went 3x platinum.

In 1994, Rivera began recording new material for his next album, Photograph. Photograph was released in 1995. His album reached Gold status in the Philippines.

Armida Siguion-Reyna

Aawitan Kita


Side A
Tayo'y Magkaisa
Aawitan Kita
Masaganang Kabukiran
Maalaala Mo Kaya?
Nakangiti Rin Ako

Side B
Dating Sumpaan
Nagkamali Ako
Ang Tao Ay Makasalanan
Madali Ka, Takipsilim
D'yos Lamang Ang Nakakaalam

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Sa Lungkot O Saya, Aawitan Kita


Side A
Kung Ikaw Ay Pagibig
Umibig Ng Walang Hanggan
Kung Batid Mo Lamang

Side B
Sayaw Sa Bangko
Di Mo Alam
Lihim Na Pagibig
Buhay Sa Nayon
Kailan Ko Kakamtin

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Side A
Ibong Kakanta-Kanta
Mga Sulyap
Sa Sayaw Na Subli
Sa Tabi Ng Ilog Pasig
Kahit Na

Side B
Ang Pag-Ibig Mo
Binabakas ko Pa
Ikaw Ay Akin
Bilangguang Puso
Magpahanggang Langit
Pag-Ibig, Hanggang Sa Wakas

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Armida Ponce-Enrile Siguion-Reyna (born on 4 November 1930) is a Filipino celebrity, singer, film and stage actress, producer, television show host, and former chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board during the Estrada administration.

Siguion-Reyna is the daughter of the Spanish mestizo lawyer and regional politician Alfonso Ponce Enrile, and isthe sister of Irma Potenciano and incumbent Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. Siguion-Reyna is the mother of Carlitos Siguion-Reyna.

Theatrical roles
In the world of operas, Siguion-Reyna performed lead singing roles in “Lucia de Lammermoor,” “Rigoletto,” “La Traviata,” “I Pagliacci,” “The Merry Widow,” and the zarzuela “Ang Mestiza” (The Mestiza).

Siguion-Reyna was the presenter for the television programmes “Cooking Atbp” ("Cooking etc.") and the award-winning “Áawitan Kita” ("I Will Sing for You").

Siguion-Reyna recorded musical albums such as the two volumes of “Aawitan Kita” (Villar Records), “Armida” (Dyna Records), and “Sa Lungkot at Saya... Aawitan Kita” ("In Sadness and Happiness... I Will Sing For You," Viva Records).

In 1975, Siguion-Reyna was awarded Best Supporting Actress during the Bacolod Film Festival for her performance in the film “Sa Pagitan ng Dalawang Langit” ("In Between Two Heavens").

As a producer, Siguion-Reyna produced and starred in her own 16mm film musicals entitled “Dung-aw,” “Lakambini,” “Supremo” (on the life on Andrés Bonifacio), “Pagpatak ng Ulan” ("When The Rain Falls"), and “Sisa.” She had two film production companies. Her Pera Films company produced the movies “Laruang Apoy” ("Playing Fire") and “Bilanggong Birhen” ("Jailed Virgin"). She manages Reyna Films Company with her son Carlitos, who was a two-time award recipient.

Anthony Castelo

Dream of Glass


Side A
As Good As It Gets
Intimate Strangers
Five Senses (Working Overtime)
One Lover

Side B
You Took The Words 9Right Out of My Heart)
Street Ballet
Dreams of Glass
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Greatest Hits


Side A
Maghihintay ako
Balat Kayo
Ibig Kong Ibigin ka
Nang dahil Sa Pag-ibig

Side B
Hahanapin Ko
Unang Halik
Hindi Laro Ang Ibigin Ka
Ang Babaing Hinugot Sa aking Tadyang
Gintong Aral
Maha, Patawad

Anthony Castello

Side A
Maghihintay Ako Sa 'Yo
Si No Te Amase / Y Vol Vere
Daigdig Mo, Daigdig Ko
Ibig Kong Ibigin Ka

Side B
Huwag Kang Lalayo
Kailangan Ba
Aking Bituin
Mga Awitin Ni Paul Williams
Ikaw... Ako

Unang Halik


Side A

Unang Halik
Lumang Awitin
Hindi Laro And Ibigin Ka
Hahanapin Ko

Side B
Atin Ang Landas
May Dahilan



Side A
Nang Dahil Sa Pag-ibig
Ang Kahapon
Musika Ng Pag-ibig

Side B
Tayo Naman Ngayon
Kailangan Ko Siya
Pangalawang Buhay

Antonio Cecilio Castelo


Side A
Come With Me Tonight
Will You Ever Know
You Look Like You Just Stepped Out Of A Fashion Magazine
You Could Stay

Side B
Let's Dance To The Rythm
A Simple Love Song
Another Day, Another Time

Anthony Castelo is a Filipino singer currently based in the United States. He was popular in the 1980s, competing with equally famous Filipino singers such as Haji Alejandro, Rey Valera, Marco Sison and Rico J. Puno. He popularized songs such as "Ng Dahil sa Pag-ibig," "Balat Kayo" and "Hahanapin Ko," among others. His albums include Panaginip, Balatkayo, Unang Halik, Antonio Cecilio Castelo and Anthony Castelo Greatest Hits, all under Sunshine Records.

Castelo started singing while still a student at the University of the Philippines, joining the Gentle Rain - a popular singing group led by well-known songwriter/producer Nonong Pedero and composed of Boy Camara and Rody Picar. Singing ballads and love songs, the group attracted huge following not only in their college, but in the whole university as well. Castelo was later on discovered by famous recording producers and OPM pioneers Vic del Rosario, Tony Ocampo, Orly Ilacad and Tito Sotto.

My OPM Plaka (LP / Vinyl ) Collection

OPM Vinyl Playlist

OPM (Original Pilipino Music)

Pop music

The biggest voice in the Philippines is Regine Velasquez. Original Pilipino Music, now more commonly termed Original Pinoy Music or Original Philippine Music or OPM for short, originally referred only to Philippine pop songs, particularly ballads, such as those popular after the collapse of its predecessor, the Manila Sound, in the late 1970s, up until the present. In the 70's Nora Aunor, Pilita Corrales, Eddie Peregrina, Victor Wood, ASIN and many more. In the 1970s the major commercial Philippine pop music artists were, Joey Albert, Claire dela Fuente, Didith Reyes, Rico Puno, Ryan Cayabyab, Basil Valdez, Celeste Legaspi, Hajji Alejandro, Rey Valera, and Freddie Aguilar, Imelda Papin, Eva Eugenio, Nonoy Zuniga and many others.

Between the 1980s and 1990s, OPM was led by artists such as Regine Velasquez, Sharon Cuneta, APO Hiking Society, José Mari Chan, Dingdong Avanzado, Rodel Naval, Janno Gibbs, Ogie Alcasid, Joey Albert, Lilet, Martin Nievera, Manilyn Reynes, Pops Fernandez, Lea Salonga, Vina Morales, Raymond Lauchengco, Francis Magalona, and Gary Valenciano among many others.

In the 1990s, the famous artists/bands included Eraserheads, Smokey mountain, Donna Cruz, Jessa Zaragoza, Ariel Rivera, Southborder, Afterimage, Andrew E., Jaya, Rivermaya, Ella May Saison among many others. OPM pop has also been regularly showcased in the live band scene. Groups such as the Neocolours, Side A, Introvoys, The Teeth, Yano, True Faith, Passage, and Freestyle popularized songs that clearly reflect the sentimental character of OPM pop.

From its inception, OPM has been centered in Manila, where Tagalog, and English are the dominant languages. Other ethnolinguistic groups such as the Visayan, Bikol, and Kapampangan, despite making music in their native languages have not been recognized as OPM, except in unusual cases like the Bisrock (Visayan Rock music) song "Charing" by Davao band 1017.

Multiculturalism advocates, and federalists often associate this discrepancy to the Tagalog-centric cultural hegemony of the capital city of Manila.

Having successfully created a subgenre of Philippine Rock they called Bisrock, the Visayans by far have the biggest collection of modern music in their native language, with great contributions from Visayan bands Phylum, and Missing Filemon. However, a band called Groupies' Panciteria that hails from Tacloban, a Winaray-speaking city, launched a free downloadable mp3 album on in 2009 containing 13 Tagalog songs and only one very short one in the Cebuano language.

Following suit are the Kapampangans. The debut music video of "Oras" (Time) by Tarlac City-based Kapampangan band Mernuts has penetrated MTV Pilipinas, making it the first ever Kapampangan music video to join the ranks of other mainstream Filipino music videos. "RocKapampangan: The Birth of Philippine Kapampangan Rock," an album of modern remakes of folk Kapampangan extemporaneous songs by various Kapampangan bands was also launched last February 2008, which are now regularly played via Kapampangan cable channel Infomax-8 and via one of Central Luzon's biggest FM radio stations, GVFM 99.1. Inspired by what the locals call "Kapampangan cultural renaissance," Angeles City-born balladeer Ronnie Liang rendered Kapampangan translations of some of his popular songs such as "Ayli" (Kapampangan version of "Ngiti"), and "Ika" (Kapampangan version of "Ikaw") for his repackaged album.

Despite the growing clamor for non-Tagalog, and non-English music, and greater representation of other Philippine languages, the local Philippine music industry, which is centered in Manila, is unforthcoming in venturing investments to other locations. Some of their major reasons include the language barrier, small market size, and socio-cultural emphasis away from regionalism in the Philippines.

Rock and Blues

The United States occupied the Islands in 1898 until 1946, and introduced American blues, folk music, R&B, and rock and roll which became popular. In the late 1950s, native performers adapted Tagalog lyrics for North American rock & roll music, resulting in the seminal origins of Philippine rock. The most notable achievement in Philippine rock of the 1960s was the hit song "Killer Joe", which propelled the group Rocky Fellers, reaching number 16 on the American radio charts.

Up until the 1970s, popular rock musicians began writing and producing in English. In the early 1970s, rock music began to be written using local languages, with bands like the Juan Dela Cruz Band being among the first popular bands to do so. Mixing Tagalog and English lyrics were also popularly used within the same song, in songs like "Ang Miss Universe Ng Buhay Ko" (The Miss Universe of My Life), by the band Hotdog which helped innovate the Manila Sound. The mixing of the two languages (known as "Taglish"), while common in casual speech in the Philippines, was seen as a bold move, but the success of Taglish in popular songs, including Sharon Cuneta's first hit, "Mr. DJ", broke the barrier forevermore.

Philippine rock musicians added folk music and other influences, helping to lead to the 1978 breakthrough success of Freddie Aguilar. Aguilar's "Anak" (Child), his debut recording, is the most commercially successful Filipino recording, and was popular throughout Asia and Europe, and has been translated into numerous language by singers worldwide. Asin also broke into the music scene in the same period, and were popular.

Folk rock became the Philippine protest music of the 1980s, and Aguilar's "Bayan Ko" (My Country) became popular as an anthem during the 1986 EDSA Revolution. At the same time, a counterculture rejected the rise of politically focused lyrics. In Manila, a punk rock scene developed, led by bands like Betrayed, The Jerks, Urban Bandits, and Contras. The influence of New Wave was also felt during these years, spearheaded by The Dawn.

The 1990s saw the emergence of Eraserheads, considered by many Philippine nationals as the number one group in the Philippine recording scene. In the wake of their success was the emergence of a string of influential Filipino rock bands such as Yano, Siakol, Parokya ni Edgar, and Rivermaya, each of which mixes the influence of a variety of rock subgenres into their style.

Filipino rock has also developed to include some hard rock, heavy metal, and alternative rock such as Razorback, Wolfgang, Greyhoundz, Slapshock,Bloodshedd, and the progressive bands Paradigm, Fuseboxx and Eternal Now.

Rock festivals have emerged through the recent years and it has been an annual event for some of the rock/metal enthusiasts. One big event is the Pulp Summer Slam wherein local rock/metal bands and international bands such as Lamb of God,Anthrax,Death Angel, and Arch Enermy have performed.

The Neo-Traditional genre in Filipino music is also gaining popularity, with artists such as Joey Ayala, Grace Nono, Bayang Barrios, Cocojam, and Pinikpikan reaping relative commercial success while utilizing the traditional musical sounds of many indigenous tribes in the Philippines.


Filipino hip-hop is hip hop music performed by musicians of Filipino descent, both in the Philippines, and overseas, especially by Filipino-Americans. This article focuses first on Filipino hip-hop in the Philippines, and secondly on that in the USA. The Philippines is known to have had the first hip-hop music scene in Asia[1] since the early 1980s, largely due to the country's historical connections with the United States where hip-hop was originated. Rap music released in the Philippines has appeared in different languages such as Tagalog, Chavacano, Cebuano, Ilocano and English. In the Philippines, Francis M and Andrew E. are cited as the most influential rappers in the country, being the first to release mainstream rap albums. In the USA, of The Black Eyed Peas, Cassie Ventura and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes and N.E.R.D are cited as the most successful Filipino-Americans in the music industry.

Other genres

A number of other genres are growing in popularity in the Philippine music scene, including a number of alternative groups, and tribal bands promoting cultural awareness of the Philippine Islands.

Likewise, jazz has experienced a resurgence in popularity. Initial impetus was provided by W.D.O.U.J.I.(Witch Doctors of Underground Jazz Improvisation)with their award winning independent release "Ground Zero" distributed by the now defunct N/A Records in 2002 and the Tots Tolentino-led Buhay jazz quartet on the year before that. This opened up the way for later attempts most notable of which is the Filipino jazz supergroup Johnny Alegre Affinity releasing its eponymous debut album in 2005 under London-based Candid Records. Mon David has also made the rounds of the Las Vegas music circuit. Among the female performers, Mishka Adams has been the most prominent. A recent development is the fusion of spoken-word and jazz, and rock, chiefly attributed to Radioactive Sago Project. Other notable names of late are Bob Aves with his ethno-infused jazz, The Jazz Volunteers and Akasha which have anchored the now legendary underground jazz jams at Freedom Bar for almost half of the 11 years of its existence.

Bossa nova and Latino music has been popular since the 1970s. Performers like Annie Brazil were active in the 1970s, while more recently, Sitti has been earning rave reviews for her bossa nova covers of popular songs.

While there has long been a flourishing underground reggae and ska scene, particularly in Baguio City, it is only recently that the genres have been accepted in the mainstream. Acts like Brownman Revival, Put3Ska and Roots Revival of Cebu, Philippines have been instrumental in popularizing what is called "Island Riddims". There is also a burgeoning mod revival, spearheaded by Juan Pablo Dream and a large indiepop scene.

Electronic music had appeared in late 2000s in Manila nightclubs. Modern electronic songs were first released in 2010.